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Everyone loves cupcakes! Learn how to decorate them for all kinds of special occasions -- a child's birthday party, a baby shower, Easter, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, even a wedding. Pastry chef Christine Yen of Butter Lane Cupcakes also teaches you piping techniques and how to make cupcakes that look like dogs, butterflies and flowers.
I'm going to show you how to make really fun and simple Christmas cupcakes. To start, we're going to take a pastry bag with an 824 star tip, a large one. I'm going to fill it with green buttercream. I like to squeeze a little bit out before I start because there's going to be an air pocket there and then we don't want it to explode on our cupcake. I'm going to start with a swirl. I'm going to leave a little border so you can see the flavor of the cupcake in the end. Just apply pressure, and go in a circle, and then build on top of that last one. Keep building until you get nice peak. Let go of the pressure so you get a nice little top. This is our Christmas tree. Then I'm going to take some sprinkles. These are actually called dragees, or pearl sprinkles. I'm going to just drop them on our buttercream, just like that, because it will stick right to there. You don't want to get too close and mess up the tree you just made. You can put as many as you like. I like to put a lot of lights on my own Christmas tree, so these are going to be my little lights. When you're done with that I'm going to teach you how to make a star buttercream on top. With that, you're going to take a new pastry bag with a small round tip. You're going to fill it with yellow buttercream. I took my vanilla buttercream and just added one drop of yellow coloring, not too much. One drop at a time is enough, because a little bit goes a long way. Now I'm going to start with my star. I'm going to hover a little bit over the table. You don't want to touch the table. I'm just going to outline a star and then fill it in. After you pipe your star onto your parchment paper, you're going to stick it in the freezer for about ten minutes, at least ten minutes until it gets hard and cold. I piped one earlier, so I'm going to show you how to put the star on your Christmas tree, my favorite part about decorating a Christmas tree. What you're going to do is peel off your star. When it's cold it should peel right off. Just stick it right on the top. That's how you finish your Christmas tree.