Impress Your Guests with Delectable Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! The time for eating delicious food, spending quality time with loved ones, and indulging in the festive atmosphere, but we all know no holiday season is complete without some succulent and scrumptious treats. If you’re looking for an easy, yet tasteful dessert to add to your Christmas celebration, search no further as I present to you “Christmas Tree Cupcakes,” the perfect recipe to make your holiday party extra delightful.

These cupcakes are incredibly cute and lovely, shaped as a miniature Christmas tree that will certainly bring smiles to everyone’s faces. And not only are they pleasant to look at but also delicious to eat. Each cupcake is moist on the inside with a gently crisp texture on the outside. The vanilla frosting topping adds a creamy sweetness that amply compliments every aspect of the cake.

Whether you’re hosting a big Christmas feast or just want a treat to share with the close ones around, cupcakes are always an excellent choice for any gathering or special occasion. Plus, while it may look like an intricate baking creation, making these cupcakes is actually very easy and fun to do.

So let’s gather together our ingredients and decorations – this recipe requires only a few simple items from your pantry – and get ready for some exciting baking fun! Your Christmas party until now has only been a pre-Christmas warm-up; these cupcakes will make it a genuine occasion.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Christmas Tree Cupcakes
Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Are you looking for a festive and fun baking project this holiday season? Then look no further than these delightful Christmas Tree Cupcakes! These cupcakes are not only visually stunning, but they are also delicious and easy to make. Here’s why you’ll love this recipe:

Firstly, the cupcakes themselves are moist, fluffy, and chocolatey with a hint of pure vanilla extract. They are made with simple pantry staples like all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and sugar. Plus, instead of using oil or butter, we use shortening which gives the cupcakes a light and airy texture.

Secondly, the cupcakes are topped with a vibrant green vanilla frosting that adds a pop of color to any holiday spread. To achieve this stunning color, simply add some green food coloring to your frosting until you get the shade you desire.

Thirdly, the decoration is what really sets these cupcakes apart. Using pretzel sticks as tree trunks, and sugar cones dipped in melted candy melts as the trees themselves make these cupcakes look like Christmas trees! You can really let your creativity shine here by adding sprinkles, edible glitter or other decorations.

Lastly, these cupcakes can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container for up to three days. So they are perfect for taking to holiday parties or gifting to loved ones.

In conclusion, there are so many reasons to love this recipe! Not only is it delicious and easy to make but it is also perfect for getting into the festive spirit. So put on your apron and get baking these adorable Christmas Tree Cupcakes today!

Ingredient List

 These festive cupcakes are sure to be the star of your holiday dessert table!
These festive cupcakes are sure to be the star of your holiday dessert table!

Before starting with this easy recipe, gather all the ingredients you’ll need.

  • 1 box of cake mix
  • 1 cup of nonfat milk
  • ½ cup of vegetable shortening
  • 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¾ cups of sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs

For the chocolate cupcakes:

  • Cocoa powder (¼ cup)
  • Powdered sugar (¼ cup)

For the frosting:

  • Unsalted butter (1 cup)
  • Powdered sugar (4 cups)
  • Green food coloring
  • Pure vanilla extract (2 teaspoons)
  • Milk (¼ cup)

For the trees:

  • Sugar cones (6 pieces)
  • Pretzel sticks (12 pieces)

You can find these ingredients at your nearest store or online. Make sure to check if you already have them in your pantry or refrigerator to avoid any last-minute trip.

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready to impress your guests with these adorable and delicious Christmas Tree Cupcakes.
Get ready to impress your guests with these adorable and delicious Christmas Tree Cupcakes.

Now that we have our ingredients ready, it’s time to start making our Christmas Tree Cupcakes. Follow these step-by-step instructions to create the perfect festive treats for your holiday table.

Step One: Preheat the Oven

Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). This will ensure that your cupcakes bake evenly and with a light, fluffy texture.

Step Two: Mix the Batter

In a large bowl, whisk together softened unsalted butter and caster sugar until light and creamy. Add in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. In a separate bowl, sift together self-raising flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, alternating with nonfat milk until everything is fully combined.

Step Three: Fill the Cupcake Liners

Place cupcake liners in a muffin tin and use a ¼ measuring cup to equally fill them with batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Step Four: Make the Frosting

While cupcakes are cooling, beat softened unsalted butter in a medium-sized mixing bowl until creamy. Add pure vanilla extract and gradually incorporate powdered sugar. Pour in sour cream and mix until fully incorporated. Mix green food coloring into frosting until desired shade of green is achieved.

Step Five: Decorate

Using an ice cream scoop or piping bag fitted with a round tip, pipe frosting onto each cupcake in a tree-like shape starting from the base up to the top of the cupcake. To make the trees more realistic looking grab some pretzel sticks and break them into smaller pieces to use as tree branches then stick each piece onto piped frosting as you build your trees. Scoop out frosting of different colors into separate piping bags fitted with tips of different designs for more variety. Finally, sprinkle decorating candies or powdered sugar on top of finished cupcakes.

Enjoy your homemade Christmas Tree Cupcakes, perfect for adding some holiday cheer to any gathering!

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect dessert for your Christmas party or holiday celebration.
The perfect dessert for your Christmas party or holiday celebration.

One of the joys of baking is the opportunity to get creative and experiment with different ingredients and flavors. Here are some substitutions and variations on the classic Christmas Tree Cupcakes recipe that you can try:

– Flour alternatives: For a gluten-free version, substitute all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend or almond flour. You can also use self-raising flour instead of all-purpose flour for a fluffier texture.

– Non-dairy alternatives: To make the cupcakes vegan, replace the eggs with 1/4 cup applesauce, mashed bananas, or silken tofu. Use non-dairy milk such as coconut or almond milk instead of regular milk.

– Flavor variations: Add a twist to your cupcakes by using flavored extracts such as almond, peppermint, or lemon instead of vanilla extract. You can also add 1/2 cup of mashed berries or citrus zest to the batter for a fruity touch.

– Frosting ideas: While the recipe calls for vanilla frosting, experiment with different frosting flavors such as chocolate, cream cheese, or peppermint. You can also color the frosting with green food dye or use edible glitter to make it more festive.

– Decorations: The pretzel sticks used in this recipe can be substituted with other items like candy canes or mini candy bars. Instead of sugar cones, try using ice cream cones for an interesting shape. You can also create a pull-apart cupcake cake by arranging multiple cupcakes in a tree shape and decorating it with frosting and sprinkles.

Remember that baking is all about having fun and being creative. Don’t be afraid to mix things up and come up with your own unique version of these delicious Christmas Tree Cupcakes!

Serving and Pairing

 These cupcakes are simple to make yet so impressive to look at.
These cupcakes are simple to make yet so impressive to look at.

These Christmas Tree cupcakes are perfect for serving as a festive dessert during the holiday season. The rich cocoa flavor and soft texture make them a hit with kids and adults alike. For an extra special touch, top each cupcake with a sugar cone adorned with frosting to look like a tree!

Pair these cupcakes with a warm mug of hot chocolate on a chilly winter night, or serve them alongside a spread of other holiday treats. They also make a great addition to any Christmas party or gathering.

For an even more indulgent treat, try adding whipped cream or ice cream on top of your cupcake! You can also experiment with different frosting flavors or decorations for variety.

If you’re serving these cupcakes at a holiday event, consider creating a festive display by arranging them in the shape of a Christmas tree on a large platter. Your guests will be impressed with both the delicious taste and visual presentation.

Overall, these Christmas Tree cupcakes are sure to be a crowd-pleaser during the holiday season. Get creative with your toppings and decorations to truly bring out the festive spirit in every bite.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Who knew a cupcake could bring so much holiday cheer?
Who knew a cupcake could bring so much holiday cheer?

Making these festive Christmas Tree Cupcakes in advance can be a real time-saver when preparing for holiday gatherings. The cupcakes can be baked ahead of time, and assembled the day before serving. Simply keep them at room temperature in an airtight container until ready to decorate.

If you’re short on time, don’t fret! These cupcakes can also be made with boxed cake mix. Just follow the recipe instructions for the cake mix and add 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract to enhance the flavor.

To store any leftover Christmas Tree Cupcakes, place them uncovered in the refrigerator to allow the frosting to set. Once the frosting is firm, wrap each cupcake tightly in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container. They should last for up to three days in the refrigerator.

If you want to reheat your cupcakes, simply let them come to room temperature first. Then, preheat your oven to 350°F and place them on a baking sheet. Warm them up for five to ten minutes or until just heated through.

With these make-ahead and storing tips, you can have delicious Christmas Tree Cupcakes on hand for whenever your sweet tooth strikes!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Create your own winter wonderland with these cute and festive cupcakes.
Create your own winter wonderland with these cute and festive cupcakes.

The key to making the perfect Christmas Tree Cupcakes is getting the right consistency in the batter and frosting, and using the right techniques when it comes to decorating. Here are some tips I’ve compiled from my own experience to help you achieve those lush and fluffy cupcakes with Christmas tree decorations that everyone will love.

1. Read the Recipe Thoroughly

Before even starting, take the time to read through the entire recipe at least once. Check if you have all of the ingredients listed in the recipe, along with any possible substitutions you might want to try out. Doing this will save you time and ensures your cupcakes turn out just as they should be.

2. Use Room Temperature Ingredients

Let your eggs, butter, and milk sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before using it to bake. This helps in distributing the ingredients evenly throughout the batter and results in cupcakes that rise perfectly.

3. Don’t Overmix The Batter

Overmixing develops gluten which makes your cupcakes dense rather than fluffy. Mix your batter until dry ingredients are combined with wet ones, don’t attempt to make a smooth mixture.

4. Use Parchment Liners

When baking cupcakes, use parchment liners instead of foil or paper liners. Parchment liners help prevent sticking and provide an easy release of your cupcakes from the muffin tin without affecting its bottom shape.

5. Don’t Overfill Your Cupcake Liners

Fill each cupcake liner with no more than 2/3 of batter mixture to prevent it from overflowing while baking.

6. Chill The Cupcakes Before Frosting

Frosting directly over warm cupcakes causes it to melt off or dripping down from sides. So, wait until your baked cupcakes are cooled completely before spreading frosting on top.

7. Use Good Quality Frosting That can Hold Shape

For decorating Christmas trees on top of your cupcakes use a frosting that can hold its shape like buttercream frosting or vegan cream cheese frosting. If preferred, add green food coloring for better effect.

8. Decorate with Pretzel Sticks and Sugar Cones

For decorating a mini Christmas tree on each cupcake put some frosting in piping bags and utilize piping tips while protecting them by using silicone guards or plastic bags. Place mini sugar cones upside down on top of each cupcake to serve as trunks then place pretzel sticks into center of sugar cones to act as branches – then pipe frosting onto pretzel sticks – forming triangles reminiscent of Christmas trees.

Now that you have these handy tips, go ahead and impress everyone with those delightful Christmas Tree Cupcakes!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a festive and delicious way to celebrate Christmas, these Christmas Tree Cupcakes are the perfect choice. With their easy-to-follow recipe and versatile ingredients, you can make them anytime, anywhere. Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or just want to make something special for your family, these cupcakes are sure to impress.

Moreover, this recipe can be customized to fit your taste preferences and dietary needs. You can use gluten-free or vegan ingredients, choose your favorite frosting flavors, or even turn them into pull-apart cupcake cakes. The possibilities are endless!

So why not whip up a batch of these Christmas Tree Cupcakes today? They are easy to make and are guaranteed to bring smiles to everyone’s faces. And who knows? Maybe you’ll start a new holiday tradition in the process.

Thank you for reading this article and I hope that these cupcakes add a little extra sweetness and joy to your holiday season! Happy baking!

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Christmas Tree Cupcakes Recipe

I found a Christmas tree cupcake pan at a local supermarket and decided to make them using the Easy White Cake recipe from the recipe booklet which came with my new (Christmas gift) KitchenAid mixer. They were fun to make and messy to frost. LOL Having more than one pan would definately have speeded things up. I decorated the trees with some star-shaped Christmas candies. I also dropped some of the candies into the batter before baking, which gave some of the cupcakes a color-spotted inside. The round cake bits which resulted from cutting off the cupcake "humps" make nice, bite size, sandwich 'cookies' when put together with extra frosting. Spread the frosting on the flat side of one round and cover with another.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Christmas, Dessert, Winter
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 20 cupcakes
Calories: 157.5kcal


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 egg whites


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine all dry ingredients in mixer bowl.
  • Add shortening, milk and vanilla.
  • Mix for about 1 minute.
  • Stop and scrape bowl.
  • Add egg whites.
  • Beat until smooth and fluffy.
  • Fill greased and floured cupcake molds about halfway.
  • Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Slice rounded"humps" from cupcakes.
  • Cool on wire racks.
  • Frost with green frosting and decorate.

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Serving: 1050g | Calories: 157.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.4g | Protein: 2.4g | Fat: 5.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.3g | Cholesterol: 0.2mg | Sodium: 130.2mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 15.7g

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