Very Merry Tricolor Christmas Cupcakes

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Very Merry Tricolor Christmas Cupcakes in red, green and white have a hint of peppermint! See how easy it is to turn plain cupcakes into colorful marble cupcakes and frosting, just like fancy café-style confections.

Very Merry Tricolor Christmas Cupcakes in red, green and white with a hint of peppermint! See how to make these fun colorful marble cupcakes and frosting at TidyMom.netpinterest-image

I love a festive cupcake and couldn’t resist recreating my Patriotic Red White and Blue Cupcakes with Christmas colors! It was a no-brainer to create these Tricolor Christmas Cupcakes with red, white, and green! I also added a hint of peppermint to bring in the holiday season.

Very Merry Tricolor Christmas Cupcakes in red, green and white with a hint of peppermint! See how to make these fun colorful marble cupcakes and frosting at TidyMom.net

So fun aren’t they?!!

Tricolor Christmas Cupcake batter

LET’S MAKE TRICOLOR CHRISTMAS CUPCAKES!

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Mix up a batch of white cake batter, using The Perfect Cupcakes (using a mix)  (add a little peppermint if you want to make them even more festive!!)

Divide the white cake batter into 3 bowls.

Add red gel coloring to one, and green gel color to another, leaving the third bowl white. (if you only want a hint of peppermint, just add 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract to the white batter.)

I highly recommend using the gel-paste food coloring. The color is concentrated, so it does not require a lot to achieve the hue you’re going for. The liquid food coloring from the grocery store will “water down” your batter.

Spoon a little of each color into your cupcake liners, filling about 1/2 full.

Bake at 350° for 20 mins. and let cool.

Tricolor Christmas Cupcake batter in pan

Spoon a little of each color into your cupcake liners, filling about 2/3 full.

Bake at 350° for 20 mins. and let cool. (full printable recipe + video below)

 

Red, Green and white cupcake for Christmas

HOW TO MAKE TRICOLOR FROSTING

Fit a pastry/decorating bag a 1M tip. Then, using a new small paintbrush, line the inside of the bag with 2 stripes of each, red and green gel color.

Decorators bag of red, green and white tricolor frosting

Fill the bag with white frosting and pipe frosting onto cupcakes.

Tricolor Christmas Cupcakes and frosting

Step back and admire how fun and festive they look!

 

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Tricolor Christmas Cupcakes

Ingredients:

FOR CUPCAKES:
  • 1 box white or vanilla cake mix (I prefer Duncan Hines French Vanilla)
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint extract (*optional)
  • red and green gel food color
FOR FROSTING:
  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 to 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • bright white gel color (optional)
  • sprinkles

Directions:

FOR TRICOLOR CUPCAKES:
  1. Heat oven to 350° and line muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, butter, water and extracts using an electric mixer on low for one minute, then mix on high for one minute.
  3. Divide batter evenly into 3 bowls. Set one bowl aside.  Add red gel coloring to one bowl until you reach the desired color. Mix really well with spoon or spatula scraping the bottom of the bowl until you no longer see any white batter. Repeat with the second bowl of batter using the green food coloring gel.
  4. Using a spoon, add a spoonful of each color of batter into cupcake liners, filling each two thirds full.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes and cool completely before frosting.
FOR TRICOLOR FROSTING:
  1. Place butter in a large mixing bowl and beat slightly. Add cream cheese and blend until well combined, about 30-60 seconds.
  2. Add vanilla and sugar and blend on low until combined. Increase to medium speed and beat until it begins to get fluffy. (*I use clear vanilla and bright white gel color to keep my frosting nice and white)
  3. Slowly add the cream a little at a time until desired consistency is met. (if frosting is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar)
TO DECORATE TRICOLOR CUPCAKES:
  1. Place a 1M tip in a 16-inch pastry bag.
  2. Using a small paintbrush, line the inside of the pastry/decorating bag with 2 stripes of each, red and green gel color.
  3. Fill the bag with white frosting and pipe on to cupcakes
  4. Top with sprinkles
*if you only want a hint of peppermint, just add 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract to the white batter.

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