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Gingerbread man Christmas tree

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Hosting a festive celebration? This gingerbread man Christmas tree recipe is a fun and tasty treat that will seriously wow your guests. It also makes for an impressive table centrepiece.

  • Makes24
  • Cook time35 minutes
  • Prep time1 hour


  • 1 quantity Gingerbread Men, recipe p69

Gingerbread cupcakes

  • 200g butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups (330g) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (90g) golden syrup
  • 4 Coles Brand Australian Free Range Eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups (410g) self-raising flour
  • 1 tbs Coles Brand Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Coles Brand Mixed Spice
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk

Buttercream icing

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 500g icing sugar mixture
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 200g white chocolate, melted, cooled
  • Queen Red Food Colouring

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  1. Step 1

    To make the gingerbread cupcakes, preheat oven to 180°C. Line 24 x 1/3-cup (80ml) capacity muffin pans with cases.

  2. Step 2

    Use an electric mixer to beat the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a large bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, until just combined. Gradually add the flour, ginger, mixed spice and milk, in alternating batches, stirring until just combined.
  3. Step 3

    Spoon the mixture evenly among the prepared pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centres comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Step 4

    Prepare the Gingerbread Men using royal icing to pipe eyes, a mouth and buttons onto each gingerbread man. Add a scarf made of kitchen string or ribbon, if desired.

  5. Step 5

    To make the buttercream icing, use an electric mixer to beat the butter until very pale. Gradually add the icing sugar and milk, in alternating batches, beating until well combined. Add the melted chocolate and beat until well combined.
  6. Step 6

    Use a small, clean paintbrush or the blunt end of a bamboo skewer to draw 3-4 lines of food colouring on the inside of a piping bag fitted with a 2cm fluted nozzle. Spoon icing into piping bag. Pipe icing onto each cupcake. Top with a gingerbread man. Arrange the cupcakes on a cupcake stand.