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Easy Christmas Tree Cupcakes


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These Easy Christmas Tree Cupcakes are a delicious treat and adorable party decoration all in one! Dress up your dessert table with these standout desserts, then let guests get their holiday sugar high gobbling these up at the end of the party.

Cupcake with green frosting on top in the shape of a Christmas tree, with candy cane sprinkles and a star on top. More cupcakes and snowflakes are in the background.

And let’s be honest, how many of us have kids who ONLY eat the frosting off the cupcake? Well, look at that mound of frosting and tell me this isn’t going to be their favorite cupcake ever!

You just might have to limit all other sugar consumption for the rest of the day. And also make sure to have plenty of napkins and wet wipes on hand.

Several cupcakes with green frosting on top in the shape of a Christmas tree, with candy cane sprinkles and a star on top. Snowflakes are in the background.

How to Make Christmas Tree Cupcakes

The holiday season is busy so I’ve streamlined this recipe to be as quick and easy as possible. That’s why we’re going to cake a couple of short cuts and use boxed cake mix and prepared frosting.

Ingredients Needed:

For the sprinkles, you really just need a few different varieties to create the Christmas tree decorations. I linked to a fun one in the ingredient list that includes stars and candy canes. But this one is equally cute and during the holiday season, there are plenty of choices so just choose your favorites!

Materials Needed:

In addition to the cupcake ingredients, you’ll need the following supplies.

I just used plain cupcake liners, but there are lots of colorful and adorable Christmas cupcake liners if you want to make your treats extra special.

Directions

First, we need to bake the cupcakes. Follow the instructions on the box, making sure to cool the cupcakes completely before proceeding.

Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled, we need to prepare the frosting. Simply scoop the prepared frosting into a bowl and add green food coloring until the color is a nice, vibrant green.

Add the frosting to a piping bag (or large plastic storage bag), cut 1″ off the tip (or corner) and attach a star decorating tip.

Green frosting in a glass bowl with a yellow spoon inside with a frosting bag next to it and a cupcake tin in the background.

Starting in the center of each cupcake, squeeze the frosting out through the tip and move in a circular pattern working your way out to the edge of the cupcake and back in towards the center as you move up the tree shape.

Three cupcakes with green frosting on top in the shape of a Christmas tree with a frosting bag in the background.

Now, you just need to add some sprinkles as decorations!

Two green cupcakes with green frosting in the shape of a Christmas tree with candy cane sprinkles and a star on top, and sprinkles in a container in the background.

Super easy, right? The end result will earn you a lot of oohs and aahs. It’s up to you whether or not to let them know what a cinch these are to make!

Several cupcakes with green frosting on top in the shape of a Christmas tree, with candy cane sprinkles and a star on top. Snowflakes are in the background.

Easy Christmas Tree Cupcakes

These Christmas Tree Cupcakes are the perfect festive treat for a holiday party!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
20 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 24

Equipment

  • Mixer
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Baking Scoop
  • Spatula
  • Decorating Bag
  • Star Decorating Tip

Instructions
 

  • Bake the cupcakes according to package directions. Cool completely.
  • Scoop frosting into large bowl, add several drops of green gel food coloring. Stir to combine. Continue adding food coloring 1-2 drops at a time, mixing well between each addition, until frosting reaches desired shade.
  • Add frosting to piping bag, cut 1' off from the tip, then attach star decorating tip.
  • Starting in the center of each cupcake, squeeze the frosting out through the tip and move in a circular pattern working out to the edge of the cupcake and back in towards the center moving up to form a tree.
  • Decorate with sprinkles.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g
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If you really want to deck out your holiday dessert table, make all of these fun Christmas treats.

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