We had a birthday the other week and since it is fall, I decided to go out on a limb and create something different. I love the colors that are surrounding us this time of year, so I decided to incorporate them into this fun Fall Mini-cupcake tree. The decorating on this is pretty easy to do, so don’t let it scare you
Since I was serving this at home, I covered one of my big cookie sheets with brown paper. If I was taking this somewhere for a party I would have scrounged around the recycle bin for a sheet of cardboard I could cover.
I baked a boxed, chocolate cake mix, according to directions and made about 60 mini-cupcakes. After they cooled I arranged them on my covered cookie sheet in the shape a tree.
I then made up a batch of my homemade buttercream frosting.
Creative Southern Home’s ButterCream Frosting
1 Stick butter at room temperature
6 cups Powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
Milk (add a tablespoon at a time until you get the consistency you need)
This stuff is so yummy. I would rather have great taste than have it look perfect and this frosting allows me to decorate simply and have an amazing taste. I divided up the frosting so I could tint it yellow, orange, red and green. The rest I added cocoa to so I could have a yummy chocolate tree trunk.
With a star tip I made long lines of chocolate frosting to make the tree and branches. The frosting will cover up the gaps in between the cupcakes. I love to decorate cakes, because there is always a lot of finger licking!
Then with my other colors, also using star tips, I made the colorful leaves. I would put a few red, fill some in with orange, add a little yellow and go back with a little green. I was fun to do, because it wasn’t hard, no set way to do it. I could really let the creative juices flow.
I love the different textures of the tree trunk and the leaves.
Because this was for a birthday, I simply wrote the message with a marker on the paper.
But this would be great to use at any celebration this fall, or even as a Thanksgiving dessert. I love the mini-cupcakes because they are easy to just pop into your mouth.
Happy Fall Y’all!