Christmas Tree Cupcakes

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Christmas Tree Cupcakes are a fun and easy Christmas party dessert recipe. Homemade vanilla cupcakes are frosted with green buttercream and topped with candies and sprinkles to mimic a Christmas tree.

Cupcake with green frosting and rainbow sprinkles

Another Christmas cupcake recipe to try are these Christmas tree cone cupcakes. They are topped with sugar cones that are then decorated as Christmas trees.

Or for a super simple holiday treat try my 3 ingredient pretzel hugs or no-bake Christmas tree treats.

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

These cupcakes are so simple to make, totally adorable, and always the talk of the Christmas party.

Christmas Tree Frosting Cupcakes Recipe

Serve them up for a bake sale, holiday party, or as a special treat to greet your kids after a long day.

Christmas Tree Cupcakes with bite taken out of side

No matter what, you will leave these cute Christmas cupcakes!

Here’s what you need

Christmas Tree Cupcake Ingredients

Vanilla cupcake ingredients

  • Cake flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract

Frosting and decorating supplies

Green Icing with sprinkle

Best Food Coloring To Color Frosting

You can usually purchase green frosting in the supermarket this time of year, but if you can’t find any just pick up a tub of vanilla and some food coloring.

A gel food coloring is a great option when you are adding food coloring to frosting. I find it can help give you a light or bold color depending on how much you add, without adding flavor to your cupcakes.

I prefer the Wilton Gel Food coloring brand, but feel free to reach for whatever you prefer.

Cupcake Flavor Alternatives

Not sure you want to serve up a plain vanilla cupcake? Go right ahead and reach for any flavor of cupcakes you want. Chocolate would work well. Or even red velvet! Get creative or go simple.

You can also use a boxed cake mix to make your cupcakes if you don’t want to make a homemade cupcake. That is totally fine to do and to be honest, the magic of these cupcakes is all in the decorating anyway.

How to Make Christmas Tree Frosting Cupcakes

Okay, so now you have all your ingredients, including your green frosting, and you have decided on what flavor cupcakes you will be making.

It’s time to get baking!

Vanilla cupcake batter in silver bowl with wire whisk

The first step is to work on whipping up the cake batter. Mix it up until it is creamy in texture.

Pouring cupcake batter into lined cupcake tin

Next, you will fill your cupcake holders about 2/3 of the way. Just know that the fuller they are the bigger the cupcakes will be.

Bake in a preheated oven and then allow them to fully cool on a baking rack before decorating. Otherwise, the frosting will not stay well on the cupcake.

Vanilla cupakes in cupcake pan next to green frosting in piper, red string candy, and sprinkles

Once your cupcakes are fully cooled you can go ahead and make or grab your frosting. Then you can begin the fun part–decorating!

With your cooled cupcakes, you will begin to pipe your green frosting.

I used an open star tip to pipe. The open star tip will make the ridges in the tree needed to hold the sprinkles.

If you don’t have a decorating tool or piping bag you can make do with a plastic baggie with the tip cut off.

Hand piping gree icing onto vanilla cupacakes

Start by making a quarter-size circle in the center of the cupcake. This is the circle you will trace the frosting around to form a tree. The circle will also prevent the frosting from sinking in the center.

Next, starting from the outside, slowly frost the cupcake in a swirl pattern, with each layer slightly overlapping the other. Continue until you are in the middle of the cupcake. Push the icing down and quickly pull up to form the tree tip.

Christmas Tree Cupcake Decorating Ideas
Add sprinkles, a star, and a string of Twizzler around the edge to finish them off, then admire your beautiful cupcakes!

Christmas Party Cupcake Ideas

Optionally, you can sprinkle with a bit of powdered sugar to mimic freshly fallen snow.

Storing Cupcakes

You will find that with buttercream frosting it stores best refrigerated. Put your cupcakes in an airtight container and then store for 3-5 days in the fridge.

If you want to eat at room temperature then let them sit at room temperature to warm up a bit.

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Christmas Tree Cupcakes
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Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 22 minutes
Total: 47 minutes
Homemade vanilla cupcakes frosted with green buttercream and decorated to look like beautiful Christmas trees.



  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix cake flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside. 
  • In a medium-size bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and whisk. Then, add milk and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add to the dry ingredients in the larger bowl and mix until smooth.
  • Pour batter into your cupcake tin, filling each liner ⅔ full.
  • Bake for about 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow cupcakes to cool completely before you begin to decorate.
  • Scoop the frosting into a piping bag with an open star tip*. Make a quarter-size circle in the middle of the cupcake. Starting from the outside, slowly ice the cupcake in a swirl pattern, with each layer slightly overlapping the other. Continue until you are in the center of the cupcake. Push the icing down and quickly pull up to form the tree tip.
  • Wrap a string of Twizzler Pull 'n' Peel candy around the bottom of the cupcakes to make a tree skirt.
  • Add rainbow sprinkles and a star at the top. If desired, you can also sprinkle with powdered sugar to mimic snow.


You can also use a ziplock baggie if you do not have a piping bag or cake decorating tool.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 441kcal
Christmas Tree Cupcakes

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