Aren't these the cutest, most festive cupcakes ever! Inspired by a pinterest find from Just a Taste. For the cupcakes, I made more of The Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe posted here).
This forest of Christmas Trees are almost too pretty to eat
What you will need:
Green candy melts (1 bag made at least 25 trees)
After the cupcakes are baked and cooled, frost and sprinkle with flaked coconut.
Melt green candy melts according to package directions. I like to use a plastic bottle for less mess but you can use a piping bag if you prefer. Using the microwave, just melt in bottle with lid removed, stirring with a skewer after each heating time.
NOTE: You will need to refill the bottle several times with more candy melts and melt them as before.
Be sure to tap the spout of the bottle on the counter so the candy melts flow easily as you create each tree.
Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper. Place pretzel sticks on baking sheet, spacing them 2 to 3 inches apart. Squeeze or pipe the melted candy melts over the pretzel stick in the shape of a tree then immediately top the tree with sprinkles. Make the trees thick with fewer "branches" or thinner with more "branches" depending how fast you move the bottle. After a few tries, you'll find your groove and favorite look. The trees aren't as fragile as they appear even after lifting them from the waxed paper lined pan and storing.
Cool pan in refrigerator a few minutes until the trees have fully cooled and hardened.
Store between sheets of waxed paper in an air-tight container. I kept mine in the refrigerator and inserted then into the center of the cupcakes just before serving..