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Easy Christmas Holly Cupcakes Recipe


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These easy Christmas holly cupcakes are a cinch to make and are festive additions to any Christmas celebration. They’re such a simple holiday cupcake that you can have them decorated and ready to serve with minimal time and effort.

If you need a quick and beautiful cupcake for a Christmas party, you definitely have to make these awesome holly cupcakes.

three Christmas holly cupcakes on a log with pincecones and a red truck in the background

Now, the thing about making these holly cupcakes is that you have to have a leaf tip. But not just any leaf tip–you need a tiny one. I found mine at the grocery store.

It came with decorating frosting, along with several other tips. Just look for a can like this at your local store.

three Christmas holly cupcakes on a log with pincecones and a red truck in the background

Ingredients Needed

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix (plus ingredients needed to make)
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • Red ball sprinkles
  • Gold ball sprinkles
  • Green writing icing 

You’ll notice I’ve simplified the baking in this recipe by starting with boxed cake mix and prepared frosting, like in my Heavenly Cupcake Angels. If you’re willing to devote a little extra time and effort, I recommend using this recipe for moist vanilla cupcakes and this recipe for vanilla buttercream frosting.

However, if you’re like me and just want the credit for making a homemade treat without making the time and manual labor investment, you can accomplish that by following my recipe as written. There’s no shame in this mom’s game.

Equipment Needed

  • Mixer
  • Cupcake liners
  • Tiny leaf piping tip
  • Decorating bag
  • Large star piping tip

If you don’t already have a set of cake decorating tips, I encourage you to get one. They aren’t expensive and having them on hand will open up a world of fun decorating opportunities!

This kit comes with 36 tips and is highly rated. For less than a dollar more, you could snag this set and score an extra 12 decorating tips.

If you have zero interest in learning how to pipe frosting into clever designs, don’t worry. I’ve linked to a couple of options in step 4 that will let you bypass the delicate piping of the holly leaves.

three Christmas holly cupcakes on a log with pincecones and a red truck in the background

Instructions

Step 1

Prepare cupcakes according to package directions. Allow to cool completely.

Step 2

Place frosting in piping bag. Attach large star tip and frost each cupcake starting on the outer edge, circling in to the center.

cupcakes on a wire rack, with one of the cupcakes being frosted

Step 3

Add 2-3 red ball sprinkles to one side of the cupcake.

a hand putting red candy balls on a frosted cupcake

Step 4

Place the small leaf decorating tip onto your green writing icing and pipe out two leaves on either side of the red ball sprinkles.

a hand adding green frosting that looks like leaves to a frosted cupcake

If you can’t find the small leaf tip, don’t want to invest in one, or simply want an easier option, you can buy preformed edible holly leaves like these candy ones or these royal icing ones.

Step 5

Add gold ball sprinkles over the rest of the cupcake.

a Christmas holly cupcake

Enjoy!

Christmas Holly Cupcakes Recipe

Holly Cupcakes

Simple, elegant and festive Christmas holly cupcakes that are a cinch to make! Just a few simple ingredients are all you need to create these holiday treats.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Cooling and Decorating 30 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 24

Equipment

  • Mixer
  • Cupcake Liners
  • Star Decorating Tip
  • Tiny Leaf Decorating Tip

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Prepare cupcakes according to directions on box. Cool completely.
  • Add frosting to piping bag. Attach large star tip. Starting at the outer edge of each cupcake, begin piping frosting along the outer edge. Slowly circle in towards the center until each cupcake is fully frosted.
  • Place 2-3 red ball sprinkles on each cupcake.
  • Place the small leaf decorating tip on the end of the green writing frosting. Carefully pipe two small leaves on either side of the red ball sprinkles on each cupcake.
  • Finally, add a few gold ball sprinkles to each cupcake.

Notes

Instead of making the holly leaves with red ball sprinkles and frosting, you can use preformed holly berries and leaves like these candy ones or these royal icing ones.
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If you love this easy holly Christmas cupcake recipe, but you’re not quite ready to heat up the oven, just pin this to your favorite cupcake recipes board on Pinterest so you can find it quick later!

a collage of three Christmas holly cupcakes on a log with pincecones and a red truck in the background with title text reading Holly Cupcakes

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