Cupcake Buttercream for 10-12 cupcakes
Preheat oven to 180 degrees / 160 degrees fan.
Line a bun tin with 12 paper cases.
Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Mix in the vanilla extract, flour and milk. Divide the mixture equally between the 12 cases. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before piping on the buttercream.
Beat the butter and sugar together. Add the vanilla extract and beat again. It takes a few minutes to turn into buttercream.
Add the green food colouring gradually until you have the desired colour.
Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle.
Pipe onto each cupcake starting wide at the bottom and getting narrower as you go up. Try to do this in one movement.
Place a star decoration on top and coloured sugar decorations or silver balls around the tree.
Designed by Chef Ciara Fennessy