19th November 2013 // 9 Comments

Winter Tales Recipe and Tutorial: Peppermint Forest Cupcakes

Want to know how to make chocolate trees for Christmas bakes? We begin the frosty yet festive season with winter themed cupcake recipes and tutorials to help make your party stand out. These adorable and sweet (pun intended) Peppermint Forest cupcakes look like a crisp winter wonderland paired with German fairytales. We loved the idea of this so much that all of our ‘Winter Tales’ recipes and tutorials encompass a fairy tale-esque theme. Why not try our recipe and cupcake decorating tutorial for a truly magical batch of treats!

Peppermint Forest Cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Peppermint Forest Cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Peppermint Cupcake Recipe (makes approx. 12 cupcakes)

226g self raising flour
226 butter
226g caster sugar
4 eggs
6-12 drops of natural peppermint extract

Pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 3 / 160C / 325F and line a cupcake pan with cupcake cases. Cream your butter and sugar first. When creamy add your eggs and vanilla extract. When combined together it is time to add the flour. Mix well until silky and pour the batter into your cases. Bake for around 20 minutes to 30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean when tested.

Peppermint Buttercream Recipe

250g butter
250-300g icing sugar (keep testing when adding to make sure it is the consistency and sweetness YOU’D like)
6-12 drops of natural peppermint extract
Pink gel paste food colour
White nonpareils to sprinkle
White edible glitter to sprinkle
828 open star piping tip

Dice the butter into pieces and add half to your mixer. Once the butter is smooth gradually add icing sugar and the remaining butter (also diced into cubes) until you get a smooth, creamy texture. Add the flavour to taste.

For more hints and tips see our tutorial on how to make buttercream here.

How to Make Your Peppermint Forest

You will need…

60g white candy melts
Disposable piping bag
White nonpareils to sprinkle
White edible glitter to sprinkle
2.5 PME Writing Piping Tip
Baking or parchment paper

1: Lay out a flat sheet of baking parchment paper (you may need more depending on how many trees you’d like to make).

2: Melt the candy melts by stirring them in a glass bowl set over a pan of boiling water. If you decide to melt them in the microwave take care not to burn them as they would become unusable.

3: Fit a disposable piping bag with the writing tip.

4: Add the melted candy melts into the disposable piping bag you just prepared.

Winter Tales Peppermint Forest Cupcakes

How to make chocolate trees!

5: On the baking or parchment paper(s) pipe out some tree shapes varying from around 1.5cm to 6cm. Whilst still melted sprinkle with edible glitter or sprinkles. Leave to set.

6: Pipe your cupcakes generously with your lovely pink peppermint buttercream. We used the 828 open star piping tip which can be found at the link provided.

7: Once your trees have hardened carefully lift them from the paper and insert them into the buttercream atop of your cupcakes. Nestle enough in to create a charming candy forest!

8: Once your trees are in place sprinkle them with white edible glitter and white nonpareils.

You should now be left with a pretty collection of peppermint cupcakes festooned with festive candy Christmas trees; perfect for a sweet winter treat!

Peppermint Forest Cupcakes by Juniper Cakery

Peppermint Forest Cupcakes by Juniper Cakery





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  • Reply Shelly 20th November 2013 at 4:33 am

    Definitely enchanting! This is something I might be able to do, I like candy melts. Going on my list for this winter.

    • Reply Juniper Cakery 20th November 2013 at 9:57 am

      Hi there Shelly, Thank you for your lovely comment. We certainly hope you enjoy re-creating these cupcakes. Candy melts are pretty fun to work with! Do feel free to send us pictures of your creations when you make them!

  • Reply Dina 20th November 2013 at 1:54 pm

    oh wow, those are so pretty!

    • Reply Juniper Cakery 20th November 2013 at 2:11 pm

      Hi there Dina,

      Thank you! We’re delighted you like them!

  • Reply Kailley @ Kailley's Kitchen 24th November 2013 at 12:46 am

    These are so lovely! The edible trees are SUCH a brilliant idea!

    • Reply Juniper Cakery 24th November 2013 at 11:30 am

      Hi Kailley,

      Thank you! We’re happy you love them.

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  • Reply Taylor 21st August 2014 at 2:14 am

    So beautiful!! A Winter Wonderland vision!! I am going to have to try this for Christmas!

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