Edible Christmas Village with Apple Cupcakes

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tea cupcakes make in a mini house cakelet pan

It is time for tea cupcakes part of the scene of this edible Christmas village.

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December is the start of the most wonderful time of the year. And with it, tasty treats like the edible Christmas village show up to tantalize our senses.

The cupcakes come together using a mini house cakelet pan that I found on Amazon. I am not an expert decorator, so everyone with a good pulse and creativity can prepare these tea cupcakes.

mini house cakelet pan

What is needed to build the edible Christmas village with tea cupcakes?

Use the cake mix of your choice for baking the tea cupcakes. Or use the homemade cake recipe you like the most. We have several here.

We opted for making apple cupcakes using spiced cake mix, apple sauce, cinnamon, melted butter, and clove. Details are available on the recipe card.

plain tea cupcakes on a tray

For the edible Christmas village decorations, we used writing icing. The small tubes allow creating small details without the need to use a piping bag or squeeze bottles.

Of course, you can opt to make the recipe you like the most for royal icing or buy a ready mix. We provide our royal icing recipe below. It is simple.

Writing icing and sparkly sugar

The edible Christmas village needs decorations using different colors. Separate the royal icing mix into small batches. Keep a batch in white, color a batch in red, blue, and another in green using gel coloring pigment.

To complete the edible Christmas village, we used sugar motifs and holiday-inspired figurines. Added sugar Christmas trees and Santa faces, plus sprinkled with pearlized sugar for additional sparkle.

a tray with decorated apple cupcakes

And cannot miss buying the mini house cakelet pan. For best results, choose one that is sturdy and high-quality. We recommend Nordic Ware.

How to easily decorate the apple cupcakes mini houses for the edible Christmas village?

Before using the mini house cakelet pan, make sure to use a spray for easy release. The baker’s spray also helps to keep the details of the edible mini houses.

mini house cakelettes with sugar motifs

Spoon in enough cake batter. If you add too much after the cupcakes are ready you can cut the bottom to make them even.

After the baking time is done, make sure to allow the apple cupcakes to cool. Do not decorate unless the tea cupcakes are cold.

The writing icing tubes make it easy to create the outline of the mini houses. You do not have to be an expert cake decorator.

Collage on how to decorate the apple cupcakes and the final product showing an edible christmas village

Start making the outlines with the white color. Start from the top and do the roof first. Then mark the doors, the windows, and the chimneys.

Use the other colors at your leisure, like trimming the doors or adding grass to the sides.

To set up the edible Christmas village, use a wooden surface, mini pine trees, and other elements. For a winter look, add sugar to create snow.

The set up of the edible Christmas village uses a wooden surface

For example, we made meringues and place them in different areas to simulate rocks and colorful sleigh-bells for a fun touch.

The edible Christmas village is the perfect activity to involve the kids. Allow them to participate to enter into the holiday cheer.

Set the mood tunning in your favorite holiday music and let the decoration begin.

The edible Christmas village inspiration comes from the nostalgic old winter wonderland decor.

The edible Christmas village inspiration comes from the nostalgic old winter wonderland decor.

The tradition of having nativity scenes came from Europe, where people recreated nativity scenes to tell the Christmas story.

After the years passed, nativity displays started showing up as part of the Christmas decor. And with them the Christmas villages too.

Some included biblical passages, other wintery themes. Gingerbread houses also started to be part of the Christmas celebrations. And the setups became edible Christmas villages.

For my family, Christmas is an extraordinary time of the year. Thus we prepare many treats and dishes that celebrate the season.

It is time for tea cupcakes and holiday cheer

Now right back at you, what are your holiday traditions?

Edible Christmas Village with Apple Cupcakes setup on a wooden tray

Edible Christmas Village

Chef Adriana Martin
It is time for tea cupcakes part of the scene of this edible Christmas village. The inspiration comes from the Nostalgic Old Winter Wonderland Decor. The flavor of the cupcakes is apple spice.
5 from 21 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Decorating 30 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine American Contemporary
Servings 6 people
Calories 454 kcal

Equipment

  • Stand Mixer
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cakelet pan
  • Tray

Ingredients
  

For the apple cupcakes

  • 1 box spiced cake mix
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 3 eggs

For the royal icing

  • 3 ounces pasteurized egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon white vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 drops food gel coloring blue, red, green

For the decorations

  • 6 sugar motifs tree, Santa Claus, or sprinkles
  • 2 tablespoon sparkly sugar can be white or colored
  • 10 meringues

Instructions
 

For the apple cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven at 375F and lower to 350F for baking.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the cake mix and combine with the eggs, the milk, the butter, and the spices. Mix well using the stand mixer until getting a homogeneous batter.
  • Spray the cakelet pan with nonstick baker's spray. Pour the batter and make sure to shake the pan for even batter covering.
  • Bake the cupcakes for 30-45 minutes. Insert a pin to verify cupcakes are cooked. Take them out iofthe oven and let them cool.
  • Remove the cupcakes from the pan and set them in a rack for decorating. Decorate the cupcakes with royal icing. Use white, red, blue, and green. Use sugar motifs and sprinkles to finish the look.

For the royal icing

  • In a bowl, add the egg whites with the vanilla extract, and mix until getting a frothy consistency.
  • Incorporate the confectioner's sugar in stages and continue whipping for about 5 to 7 minutes or until the mix forms stiff glossy peaks.
  • Divide in bowls and color using the food gel colors. Stuff the royal icing into a piping bag with a small round tip.
  • Keep the rest of the royal icing covered with a damp cloth to avoid drying.

Notes

Suppose you overfill the cupcakes, no worries. When the cupcakes are cold, you can cut the bottom to even out the tea cakes. 
Make sure to use a sturdy cakelet pan and spray with baker’s spray for easy release and keep the tea cake detail. 
Wait till the tea cakes are cold to start the decoration process. 
If you prefer to use a royal icing mix that only needs water, you can do or otherwise use writing icing tubes that already come in the desired colors. Whatever is easier. 
If you want to use your own cake mix (vegan, GF, keto, etc.) or a homemade cake recipe to make the cupcakes, perfectly fine. 

Nutrition

Calories: 454kcalCarbohydrates: 85gProtein: 6gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 143mgPotassium: 122mgFiber: 1gSugar: 82gVitamin A: 421IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 1mg
Keyword baking, cupcakes, holiday cooking
Tried this recipe?Mention @adrianasbestrecipes or tag #abrecipes on Instagram

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Linda

5 stars
Whooaaa I love this idea! It’s like making a gingerbread house but in another form. Can’t wait to try the cake, too.

Crysta

5 stars
These are so cute! I love this idea. Perfect for my holiday table.

Amy

5 stars
OMG I’m so in love with this! How gorgeous is it and sooooo clever! I’m not sure we would eat it though cause it’s too pretty. The kids would really like this so I’m attempting it tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Catherine

5 stars
Wow, I love these colorful decorations. Good job, really! And the good part is that they are edible. That was a beautiful thought.

Kim

5 stars
These are adorable. You are so talented! I can’t wait to try it too.

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