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Easy Christmas Lights Cupcakes Recipe


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I love how quickly these easy Christmas Lights Cupcakes came together. They’re one of the easiest Christmas cupcakes you can make and they’re sure to put you in the Christmas spirit!

Seriously, all it takes is about 10 minutes to decorate all 12 cupcakes and you’re done. So, they’re basically the perfect cupcakes for a Christmas party at school because you can have them done as your racing out the door.

cupcake topped with white frosting, multi-colored candy balls with black frosting in between to look like Christmas lights on a cake plate with another cupcake and candy canes in the background

I feel like these cupcakes are even easy enough that I’m pretty sure a kiddo could make these easy Christmas lights cupcakes. If your kiddo can squeeze a decorating bag, they can help make these.

Even if they’re not able to squeeze the black writing gel, they can definitely put the sprinkles on the top of the cupcake.

So, this is definitely a recipe worth letting them help make!

3 cupcakes topped with white frosting, multi-colored candy balls with black frosting in between to look like Christmas lights on a white table with candy canes in the background

What You Need

cupcake topped with white frosting, multi-colored candy balls with black frosting in between to look like Christmas lights on a cake plate with another cupcake and candy canes in the background

How to Make Christmas Lights Cupcakes

Step 1

Follow the directions on the cake mix box for cupcakes. 

Be sure to cool the cupcakes completely before decorating. Warm cupcakes will melt the frosting and leave you with a mess!

Step 2

With your largest decorating tip, press into the top of the cupcake off-center, creating a well. Save hole tops.

a hand putting a decorating tip over the middle of a cupcake

Step 3

Fill each hole with Christmas sprinkles.

a hand putting star sprinkles in the center of a cupcake

Step 4

Replace hole top on each cupcake.

Step 5

Place star tip in a piping bag, then fill with icing.

Step 6

Frost each cupcake in a swirl, turning the piping bag as you pipe.

cupcakes on a wire rack with a piping bag putting white frosting on one

Step 7

Add a random swirly line of black writing gel on the top of the cupcake. You don’t have to be too precise since you want each cupcake to be unique.

a hand swirling black writing gel on a cupcake topped with white frosting

Step 8

Add random color round sprinkles to the black writing gel line to create the Christmas lights.

a hand placing colored round sprinkles on a cupcake topped with white frosting and black gel

Step 9

Enjoy! Serve them up with some hot cocoa and wander the neighborhood to check out your neighbor’s Christmas lights and holiday decorations.

Christmas Lights Cupcake Recipe

Christmas Lights Cupcakes

Colorful and festive — these Christmas Lights Cupcakes are the perfect holiday treat!
5 from 2 votes
Course Dessert
Servings 12

Equipment

  • Cupcake pan
  • Cupcake Liners
  • Decorating Bag
  • Star Decorating Tip

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Follow the instructions on the cake mix box to make cupcakes. After baking, set aside to cool completely.
  • Press the non-decorative side of a large decorating tip into the top of each cupcake to form a well. Save the pieces.
  • Fill each hole with Christmas sprinkles. Then, replace the reserved cupcake pieces to cover the holes.
  • Place the star tip on a piping bag and fill the bag with frosting. Starting on the outer edge of each cupcake, pipe in a circular pattern working in towards the center of the cupcake.
  • Use the black gel writing icing to draw a haphazard line that travels around the tops of each cupcake.
  • Add colored ball sprinkles at even intervals along the line.
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