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There’s a lot to be excited about during the holiday season, but one of my favorite things about this time of year is getting to eat so many delicious treats. Although I will always be excited about decorating Christmas cookies or cutting myself a slice of pecan pie, it’s also exciting to see a fresh and new dessert — especially one that’s just as bright and cheery as the holidays themselves.
If you’re looking for a new idea, you’ll want to try your hand at these adorable Christmas Light Cupcakes by Baked Bree. Using just chocolate cake mix, vanilla cream frosting, some black frosting, and M&M’s, you can create your own mini cupcakes that are teeming with the holiday spirit.
This cupcake recipe is ideal for a holiday party, as they also double as cute decorations. But you can also just whip some up during a cozy night in when you don’t feel like facing the cold (trust me, we’ve all been there). Bree uses a boxed chocolate cake mix along with store-bought buttercream and frosting. But if you’re feeling more ambitious or have a little extra time on your hands, you can always whip up these components from scratch (try this buttercream recipe).
If you’re wondering where to find black frosting, the one below is available on Amazon for just $5.45. Though you can also make your own, it may not look exactly like the one in the photo above. As Bree points out in her recipe, it’s difficult to achieve the right color when whipping up your own frosting, as it often comes out more greyish than black.
As for how to get that holiday light-looking effect? You can get the full recipe on the Baked Bree site along with specific instructions on how to decorate the top of these cupcakes to make it look like they’ve been strung with those twinkly lights.
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And if you need to transport your cupcakes for whatever reason, Bree suggests placing them individually into cocktail cups to keep them protected. Choosing Christmas-themed cupcake liners are a must for that additional festive touch.
I’ll never say no to decorating a Christmas tree sugar cookie each year, but I think this holiday, I’ll give these Christmas Light Cupcakes a go! Who knows? They could even become a new annual tradition.