If a Christmas tree fell in a cupcake forest, would anyone hear it..?

Trying to submit this entry to Fanny’s SHF event, before the deadline, was like running desperately towards the closing doors of a train. Just made it, phew! I know it’s months away til Christmas, but seeing as Christmas for us falls in the Summer, it never seems to make sense to be eating heavy, traditional Christmas fare in the middle of a heatwave.

I have been meaning to make Christmas themed cupcakes for ages now; ever since the cold June winds prompted the outpouring of scarves and jumpers from the depths of my wardrobe. Like most things however, there never seemed to be enough time in any given week to get started on it, and now I feel I’ve almost missed the train on celebrating Christmas while it is still fairly cool. I even have a huge jar of homemade fruit mince sitting in my fridge, waiting to be turned into my favourite Christmas treat, mince tarts (and fruit mince cupcakes)!

The mince cupcakes have yet to be made, but I finally managed to make the ones pictured above, that are meant to resemble Christmas trees. Why cupcakes, you might ask. Well, to me, they are “neat, sweet, petite”. Just like the Addams family. And like the Addams family, not everyone likes them, but those who do, absolutely love them!

For the base, I used this recipe. Throw in some heart-warming spices and a thatch of green tinted ultra-smooth buttercream, and what you’ve got is Christmas, any time of the year πŸ™‚



  1. FFichiban said,

    September 25, 2008 @ 9:04 pm

    Aww they are sooo cuute ^^! and I love your title hee hee πŸ™‚ Mmm i like heart-warming christmas spices and could add some mint flavouring to the buttercream? Yum!

  2. belle said,

    September 25, 2008 @ 10:32 pm

    Prediction: you are going to get a lot of ‘that is so cute’ comments! They even sound yummy. So yes, I think that you would hear it fall in that cupcake forest because of the rush to get to it before the reindeer. (‘What the…?’)

  3. Lorraine E said,

    September 25, 2008 @ 10:50 pm

    You’re on the same schedule as the shops that have started putting up the decos! πŸ™‚ Great idea, I love the smell of Christmas spices. Are you going to make the Mince pies for Christmas or wait until it gets cold again? Whilst I love our warm Xmases it always feels like it should be snowing and we should be eating hearty warming food hehe

  4. courtney said,

    September 25, 2008 @ 10:54 pm

    Your giving me ideas. It will be right around the corner!

  5. clumbsycookie said,

    September 25, 2008 @ 11:26 pm

    Oh my! Christmas came early this! I might do something similar for Christmas this year, thanks for the idea!

  6. mir said,

    September 26, 2008 @ 12:41 am

    That is beautiful , love them and and the little star decorations too.

  7. Anita said,

    September 26, 2008 @ 12:58 am

    They are the cutest little trees! Beautiful cupcakes!

  8. Zoë François said,

    September 26, 2008 @ 4:03 am

    Fabulous and adorable. I can’t wait for Christmas cookies!

  9. Andrea said,

    September 26, 2008 @ 7:58 am

    These cupcakes look beautiful! And I’m so envious that you’re heading toward the warmer months while that chill in the air is just starting to kick in here in NYC. I wish it weren’t so!

  10. cakebrain said,

    September 26, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

    Lookin’ yummy! I have a soft spot for cupcakes and I love your swirly green frosting and stars!

  11. Christie@fig&cherry said,

    September 26, 2008 @ 4:23 pm

    Ahhh, perfect styling! I hope you’ve got some left for me this time… I’m very partial to buttercream and fruit mince too! Maybe I could just swing by and eat some straight from the fridge? See you soon! πŸ˜‰

  12. chocolatesuze said,

    September 26, 2008 @ 4:25 pm

    i remember having a girl crush on wednesday…

  13. the caked crusader said,

    September 26, 2008 @ 8:41 pm

    Very cute cupcakes – I’m planning on something very similar indeed this Christmas. You beat me to it – curses!

  14. Leonor said,

    September 27, 2008 @ 6:13 am

    I don’t know if there’s an english expression for this, but in portuguese we use to say that “Christmas is whenever we want to…”!
    I’ve never has a Christmas day in summer but I bet it would be awesome!

    I’ve heard it… if this is a sign…


  15. Gabriela said,

    September 27, 2008 @ 7:38 am

    Ugh, I can’t wait until Christmas. Fall and winter are my favorite seasons; and Christmas is my favorite holiday, so I am pretty anxious. These cupcakes just make the wait all the more bittersweet! Aaggh, lovely. :}

  16. Mandy said,

    September 27, 2008 @ 9:04 am

    these cupcakes are so cute! I will definitely make some when Christmas roll around!

  17. Cakelaw said,

    September 27, 2008 @ 9:13 am

    LOL – these are very cute.

  18. cathy x. said,

    September 27, 2008 @ 11:04 am

    up until just now i’ve been absolutely disgusted by cupcakes. i came across someone’s blog with hideous, HIDEOUS pictures of a giant ‘cupcake’ with blinding aqua blue icing that looked like gumby do-do (you might spot it if you’re eggstremely unfortunate) i can’t remember ever being so repulsed by a food picture in my life! what did i do wrong to deserve sighting such terrible, terrible things? :'( but then i saw your cupcakes and i thought to myself.. “people were truly not created as equals” *jealous*

  19. Vera said,

    September 27, 2008 @ 5:43 pm

    They are so pretty!

  20. grace said,

    September 27, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

    i love the addams family (cousin itt was a personal favorite) and i love the look of these cupcakes. it’s always an added bonus when a delicious treat looks purty too. πŸ™‚

  21. Lael said,

    September 28, 2008 @ 4:28 am

    I remember Christmases in NZ growing up, and then moving back to the US and not being able to go camp on the beach during the holiday. But you’re right, Christmas fare is generally better suited for cold months.
    Those mince cupcakes sound like they could be delicious! Please share then when you get around to making them.

  22. White On Rice Couple said,

    September 29, 2008 @ 10:23 am

    How brilliant! Now I wish Christmas was closer. You put me in the mood to celebrate NOW!

  23. Shreya said,

    October 1, 2008 @ 3:40 am

    So pretty and perfect! love those starts. Amazing, can’t think of biting into it and spoiling it:-)

  24. steph (whisk/spoon) said,

    October 7, 2008 @ 8:59 am

    these are darling!

  25. jess said,

    December 6, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    how did u do the stars??

  26. Y said,

    December 6, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

    jess : With rolled icing!

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