You can also use store-bought muffins. If you'd prefer, the lemon peel and chocolate chips can be left out.
For the cupcakes, refer to the instructions on (Recipe ID: 1579077). You can also use any other recipe that you'd like.
I recommend cupcakes that aren't very tall. Tie a ribbon around the center before you get started.
Bring the cream cheese to room temperature and then knead with a whisk. Add the lemon juice and liqueur, then dust the matcha into the mixture while mixing until smooth.
Keep the heavy cream in the refrigerator until just before you use it. Combine the heavy cream and sugar and whip until it forms stiff peaks. If the room is warm, suspend the bowl over ice water.
Add the mixture from Step 3 to the bowl from Step 4 and mix with a whisk. Be careful not to mix too much or it will become hard and crumbly.
Put an icing bag with the cake decorating tip already secured into a cup. Fill it with the cream, using a spatula to press it in until there are no empty spaces.
Squeeze out a circle of cream on top of the cupcakes and top as you like to finish.
Snowman + Heart toothpicks + Decorations
Santa + Ribbon Picks + Decoration
You can also make the original recipe (Recipe ID: 1314546)!
The egg yolk doesn't vary much between medium and large so either would work. However, if you use a whole large egg, there is more white and it will make the butter separate, so be careful.
The tree in Recipe ID: 1314546 uses a muffin that is kind of tall, but these ones use shorter muffins.
Story Behind this Recipe
I thought up this idea while making the tree cake from Recipe ID: 1314546. Wreath decorations are so Christmas-like! The matcha cheese cream is just like the one from the tree cake recipe, so you can make them both at the time time!
The instructions here are very similar to what's shown in Recipe ID: 1579076, but this recipe uses less cream and yields cupcakes that are sweeter and moister. You can use either-or as you like. You can also just decorate store-bought cupcakes.