Christmas Tree Cupcakes

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I cook every year for our Christmas party and last year I wanted to add a new fun dessert. These Christmas tree cupcakes are the cutest dessert ever!

The Christmas tree cupcakes are French vanilla with buttercream frosting and shaved coconut (to look like snow). And the Christmas trees are made from candy melts and sprinkles! Don’t you think these would be so much fun to make with your kids?

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Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Last Minute Christmas Tree Cupcakes

I am so excited to add these again to my dessert table for our Christmas party this year. As you probably know, cupcakes are very easy to make and the little chocolate tree toppers make them look so cute!

Just so you know, I didn’t make a tree topper for every cupcake. Plus, some cupcakes I iced and sprinkled with coconut, and others just have buttercream frosting. They are all bite-sized and so easy to pop into your mouth.

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How to Display Christmas Cupcake Trees

I think the best way to display these cupcakes is on cake plates. Of course, I have a lot of these and selected two different heights. I also sprinkled the cupcakes with extra shredded coconut which made them look even more festive.

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Step-by-Step Instructions to Make Christmas Tree Cupcakes

  • one – I made gluten-free cupcakes but you can make homemade cupcakes or use a mix. That is up to you.
  • two – Line a mini cupcake pan with mini baking cups and fill 1/2 full with cupcake batter.
  • three – Bake as needed and let cool.

What You Need to Make These Tree Toppers

Chocolate Candy Christmas Trees

It is so much easier to make these chocolate cake toppers than it looks.

Ingredients for Chocolate Tree Toppers

Here is what you need:

Step-by-Step Instructions to Make Christmas Tree Toppers

  • one- To make the chocolate trees, melt chocolate melting wafers in a double boiler (which is a pan on top of a second pan filled with water). Do not let the water boil and add the melted chocolate to a pastry bag with a small round tip. Lay out toothpicks on a baking mat or parchment paper.
  • two – Start just below the top of the toothpick and gently squeeze out the chocolate in the pastry bag.
  • three – Keep the amount of frosting used small, and gently go back and forth with the frosting, crossing over the toothpick each time.
  • four – Gradually increase the length of the line to show the shape of the tree.
  • five – Continue with the same motion as you create more of the tree.
  • six – Once finished, tap the tip gently on the surface to end the flow of icing. Add some sprinkles and let cool for at least an hour (you can also put them in the refrigerator to harden). Gently place each tree on top of a cupcake and serve!

** Please note, that after about ten minutes, the flow of the melted chocolate was easy and perfect. I am not sure why it took a while but don’t get frustrated if it is hard to press the chocolate through the pastry bag. Also, because the chocolate was hot at first, I wrapped a thin towel over the pastry bag so it was more comfortable to hold.

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My Favorite Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Buttercream Frosting

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The cupcakes were iced with buttercream frosting and then sprinkled with coconut (to create the look of snow)! I actually used dairy-free plant butter (country crock) to make the buttercream frosting.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • * 1 lb. confectioner’s sugar
  • * 1 stick of soft butter
  • * 1 tsp vanilla
  • * 3 – 4 TBL milk


  1. To make the frosting, blend the first three ingredients in an electric mixer.
  2. Mix at medium speed for one minute. Add the milk, one TBL at a time, until you reach the right consistency.
  3. You may add some lemon juice for a citrus taste if desired.
  4. Frost the cupcakes with a spatula.

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  1. I have looked and looked and have not found your gluten free recipe for the cupcakes, where is it? My husband is celiac and I want to make them????

    1. Hi Sara! I use King Arthur GF yellow cake mix! You cannot tell they’re gluten free and they are so yummy 😋 They also have a chocolate cake mix too. Or for any GF recipe, swap out any measure for measure flour, we love King Arthur! 🤗

  2. Honestly, you are truly remarkable and very talented – do you ever stop? Thank you for all your tidbits, enjoy everyone of them.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family and your side-kick Maryliz.

    1. Hi Janice! You are too kind- it’s a labor of love and one I absolutely adore. Oh thank you! A very merry Christmas to you and yours 🥰🎄

  3. I love these. Also what height are each of the stands shown? On Amazon the difference between the 9 in and 10 in in height is only a 1/2 in and the pic makes the gray stand appear to be taller than just a 1/2 in. Thanks!!

  4. Made your snowflake pillows and now will be baking these gorgeous cupcakes! Thank you for your generosity in sharing your talents! It’s never too early for Christmas.

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