How to Make Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Rich, moist chocolate cupcakes topped with easy to make and quite festive Christmas trees made from ice cream cones, some buttercream and a dusting of powdered sugar for snow!

What could be more festive than little Christmas tree cupcakes? I think they look pretty good but the surprising part was HOW EASY it was to make them! You basically just pipe little star-shaped dollops onto a sugar cone with a number 30 tip. Any small star tip will do a good job really and if you don’t have any of those just use a leaf tip!

A top down photo of christmas tree cupcakes dusted with powdered sugar



  • For an added surprise try adding some candy in the cone before applying it to the cupcake. Each cupcake can have a different surprise inside, no coal though!
  • I like to give a really good dusting of powdered sugar “snow” to the trees for some added realism and depth.
  • If you don’t have a #30 tip then try any small to medium star or leaf tip to pipe the tree.
  • The trees can also look cute with little sugar or fondant ornaments and presents, too! I actually applied white ornaments to one tree with tweezers. It looked good but they kind of got lost in the snow. SO not worth the effort, for me at least. Hope you enjoy!!
  • Use an ice cream scoop to get an even amount of batter NEATLY into each cupcake paper.
  • You can see that the frosting applied to the cone is just a rough coat. It helps the dollops you apply adhere to the surface and prevents you from seeing any of the ice cream cone through gaps in your buttercream dollops.

Photo of batter being scooped for Christmas tree cupcakes


Vhristmas tree cupcakes ready to be backed

No spills! At this point it will tell you the batter tastes great. Not that I ate a ton of it…

 Christmas tree cupcakes baked and ready for frosting

Just allow the cupcakes to cool fully before applying the frosting. And by the by, these are so rich and moist, you might be making them all year round!

Top down view of Christmas tree cupcakes

I really loved how the white frosting on the bottom looks like snow. A nice dusting of powdered sugar brings it all together.


A photo showing steps on how to make Christmas tree cupcakes.

  1. For the cake; pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and add paper liners to a cupcake tin. Cream the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy then go ahead and sift the remaining dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  2. Whisk together the milk, vanilla, eggs, and sour cream in a small bowl. Now add the dry mixture to the creamed butter in three batches alternating with the milk/ sour cream mixture while the mixer is running on low. Mix everything together just until it’s combined.
  3. Once your batter is ready, scoop about three tablespoons into each cupcake liner. (I used an ice cream scooper). Bake the cupcakes at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until the centers are set and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  4. For the frosting; cream the butter first then add the sugar and mix on high. Once that is nice and creamed up, add the milk a tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached. In a separate bowl, add about half of the frosting and the green food coloring and mix until combined.
  5. Use a spatula to apply a thin layer of green buttercream to the surface of the ice cream cone. This will help the dollops you apply stick to the cone better as well as making the trees completely green. (In case your dollops don’t give full coverage).
  6. Cover the cupcake in white frosting. It doesn’t have to be smooth. A bit of texture will make it look more like snow! Place the cone onto the cupcake and adjust as needed. Use a number 30 tip to pipe star-shaped dollops onto the surface of the cone beginning at the bottom and working to the top. Add the desired amount of snow by sifting confectioners sugar onto the cupcake and it’s ready to serve!


Full Recipe

If you’ve tried these cupcakes then don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know how you got on in the comments below, I love hearing from you!

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