Adorable tree trunk cupcakes

The trunk of this tree is

made from dark chocolate cake,

and frosted faux bois

which means wood that is fake.

You say to yourself

"That's not real, well my gosh!"

And taste it to find

that it's really ganache.

But what are the mushrooms

and the long-handled ax,

that look left behind

by a lumbering Jack?

Those are handcrafted from sugar and we will make those next, yes, I said make them

what would you expect?

"Treet" yourself to chocolate

Preheat your oven to fun!

What you'll need:

  • Chocolate cake mix or favorite recipe
  • Empty tin cans, washed and dried
  • Buttercream frosting
  • Fork
  • Gum paste
  • Kitchen knife
  • Food coloring
  • Food safe paintbrushes

Step 1:

When baking these cupcakes
don't reach for a pan because
for organic shapes, we will want
to use cans. Just cans from your
cupboards made out of tin, locate
a dozen and then we’ll begin.
Empty out the tomatoes, okra and
corn, to create baking cradles
where cupcakes are born.
Now if baking in cans is too far out on
a limb, you can use muffin pans
if that is your whim.

Step 1

Step 2:

Slice off the top of the cake using a sharp kitchen knife and lay that piece aside for later.

Step 2:

Step 3:

Spread the top and sides with chocolate buttercream frosting.

Step 3:

Step 4:

The rings of the stump are created by dragging a fork around around the top of the cake.

Step 4:

Step 5:

Comb up the sides to make it really look like a tree!

Step 5:

Step 6:

Frost the side bite to look like a freshly cut log.

(Optional) If you bake one more cupcake than is needed, you can cut it into small pieces to be used as the limb on the side of the stump.

Step 6:

Step 7:

Create tiny mushrooms and the striped handle ax with a gum paste modeling compound made from sugar or purchase it at bakery supply stores.

Step 6:

For more fun ideas visit

Bake it... and make every day a holiday!

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