Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) devil's food cake mix

  2. 1-1/2 cups mint chocolate chips

  3. 6 tablespoons butter, softened

  4. 2-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar

  5. 4 to 5 tablespoons milk

  6. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  7. 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

  8. 1 teaspoon baking cocoa

  9. 1/4 teaspoon green paste food coloring Candy-coated milk chocolate miniature kisses

  10. 2 chocolate stars

  11. 12 Starburst candies

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Prepare cake batter mix according to package directions for cupcakes; fold in chips. Fill foil-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. For frosting, in a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in milk and extracts until blended. Transfer 2 tablespoons to a small bowl; stir in cocoa. Stir green food coloring into remaining frosting. Frost 21 cupcakes with green frosting; arrange in a pyramid to form a tree. Decorate all but the top cupcake with miniature kisses for lights. Frost two cupcakes with chocolate frosting and place at base of tree for trunk; top each with a chocolate star. Save remaining cupcake for another use. With a rolling pin, roll two yellow Starburst candies flat; cut with 2-in. and 1-1/2-in. star-shaped cookie cutters. Press smaller star onto larger star; place on cupcake at top of tree. For presents, roll five Starburst candies into 3-in. x 3/4-in. rectangles; cut each rectangle into four 3-in.-long strips. Place two strips widthwise on one whole Starburst candy; press together at base to attach. For bow, form two strips into figure eights; press together in center and press onto wrapped candy. Repeat with remaining strips and remaining four whole Starburst candies. Place presents beneath cupcake tree. Yield: 23 servings.


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