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Christmas Holly Cupcakes

Christmas Holly Cupcakes  - These festive Christmas Holly Cupcakes make a wonderful addition to the holiday dessert table.  Great for holiday parties and gatherings. 
Course Christmas, cupcakes
Cuisine American
Servings 22 cupcakes
Author Rob

Ingredients

Holly leaf fondant ingredients

  • Mini Leaf cookie cutter
  • 1 tube green fondant
  • 1 fondant pin to make the imprints on the leafs
  • 1 green edible marker
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 fondant rolling pin

Cupcakes:

  • 1 box French Vanilla cake mix
  • 3 large eggs, room temp
  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • Christmas cupcake liners

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-5 tsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1-3 drops red food coloring
  • 1 large piping bag fitted with a star tip
  • 66 Red M&M's

Instructions

  1. Directions for the fondant:

    Sprinkle powdered sugar onto a cutting board

    Place the green fondant onto the cutting board and sprinkle more powdered sugar onto the fondant

    Roll out into 1/2 inch thickness

    Using the leaf cutter, cut out 44 leafs and set aside

    Allow to dry for an hour before using the pin and making the imprints

    Use the marker and trace the imprints in the leafs

    Allow to dry for 24 hours

    Directions for the cupcakes:

    Preheat oven to 350.

    Line cupcake pan with the cupcake liners

    In a medium bowl, add the cake mix, eggs, butter, milk, and vanilla extract, stir until combined

    Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full.

    Bake in the oven for about 21 minutes.

    Pull out the cupcakes and allow to cool before frosting.

    Directions for the frosting: 

    Using a stand mixer, combine all ingredients and mix on medium speed.

    Mix until you see stiffed peaks in your frosting.

    Split the frosting into two bowls, leaving one of them white

    Mix in the 3-6 drops of red food coloring into the second bowl and mix until you get a bright red color

    Using a butter knife, scoop the red color onto one side of the piping bag

    Spoon in white icing

    Frost the cooled cupcakes

    Place two leaves onto the frosting and three red M&M's onto the cupcake

    Enjoy!