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. The nicest surprise came when I broke a cone while applying the buttercream. It made for such a good snack! I really like to give a good dusting of “snow” to the trees if you have the time. They also look cute with little 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. The ones I used are called white sugar pearls. Does anyone know if there’s such a thing as multicolored sugar pearls?? Hope you enjoy!!
Christmas Tree Cupcakes
Easy to make holiday cupcakes that look like snow-covered Christmas trees!
For the frosting and Christmas trees
- 12 sugar cones
- 2 lbs confectioners' sugar plus more for dusting
- 2 sticks unsalted butter room temperature
- 1/2 cup milk
- 20 drops green food coloring
For the cupcakes
- 2 sticks unsalted butter room temp
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp espresso powder optional
For the Cake
Pre-heat oven to 350F. Add paper liners to cupcake tin.
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Sift the remaining dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
Whisk together the milk, vanilla, eggs and sour cream in a small bowl.
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 just until combined.
scoop about three tablespoons for each cupcake. Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes or until the center is set.
For the Frosting
Cream the butter. Add the sugar and mix on high. Add the milk a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
In a separate bowl add about half of the frosting and the green food coloring. mix until combined.
For the Assembly
Cover the cupcake in white frosting. It doesn't have to be smooth, a bit of texture will make it look more like snow.
Use a spatula to apply a thin layer of green buttercream to the surface of the cone. This will help the dollops you apply stick to the cone better as well as making the trees totally green (in case your dollops don't give full coverage).
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.
Sift confectioners' sugar onto the cupcake and it's ready to serve!
I added a half teaspoon of instant espresso because it brings out the chocolate flavor, you could also add half a teaspoon of peppermint oil if you wanted to bring out a more festive note. Hope you enjoy!
My trusty ice cream scoop helped my to avoid making a total mess and have uniformly sized cupcakes.
No spills! At this point it will tell you the batter tastes great. Not that I ate a ton of it…
Just allow them to cool fully before applying the frosting.
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.
A nice dusting of powdered sugar brings it all together.
I really loved how the white frosting on the bottom looks like snow.