Christmas Cupcakes

You’ll have no shortage of inspiration for your Christmas cupcakes. The winter holiday evokes such a variety of images like Santa Claus coming down the chimney, reindeer on rooftops, or pretty presents under the tree.

Or how about frosty winter scenes with pale blues and glittery white icing? And who can forget snowmen with or without their top hats and warm scarves. Red and green are the typical colors of the season and are woven into a variety of holiday images like poinsettias, Christmas ornaments and bows. But, perhaps you’d like to try something more whimsical and use the same design elements, but in non-traditional colors like pink, blue or purple. Maybe you’ll try something fun like stringing some lights through your cupcake tiers. Let your imagination be your guide and you are certain to create some very special christmas cupcakes.

Christmas Cupcake Tutorials


Peppermint Candy Cupcakes

Red and white fondant triangles are the basis for this simple cupcake design. Add some peppermit extract to the frosting to make these cupcakes extra special.

>>Get the instructions for these creative Peppermint Cupcakes



Christmas Lights Cupcakes

You'll be certain to light up your holiday table with these Christmas lights cupcakes. Edible glitter and not electricity adds the sparkle!

>>Check out the step-by-step directions for our Xmas Lights Cupcakes


Mini Gingerbread Man Cupcakes

Use your rolled dough cookie making skills to create these simple and fun Gingerbread Man cupcakes. A little cocoa added to your fondant is all you need to turn white fondant to a rich brown.

>>Take a look at the instructions on our Mini Gingerbread Man Cupcakes



Snowflake Cupcakes

A few simple royal icing snowflakes are all you need to transform pale blue frosted cupcakes into something special for Christmas.

>>Check out the Snowflake Cupcakes page for full instuctions


Snowman Cupcakes

Everyone will think you invited Frosty the Snowman himself to your next Christmas gathering when you serve these cute holiday cupcakes at your next event.

>>See how to make our Snowman Cupcake


Santa Cupcakes

To create this Santa Cupcake start with a cupcake iced with a swirl and top it off with a Santa face fondant decoration. A few simple supplies are all you need to create this time honored Christmas design.

>>Learn how to make our Santa Cupcake



Peppermint Candy Christmas Cupcake

Difficulty Level: Experienced

Clever and easy, these peppermint candy Christmas cupcakes have a secret weapon: peppermint extract. The fondant decorations are easy to store since they’re flat and this design looks equally nice with vanilla or chocolate cupcakes.

Bakery/Cake Goods Needed:

  • Your favorite batch of vanilla or chocolate cupcakes
  • Your favorite butter cream frosting recipe
  • 1 small batch of your favorite fondant recipe
    (since this fondant will be used to cover your cupcake, we recommend a homemade fondant rather than store bought)

Peppermint Decorating Supplies:

  • Peppermint Extract
  • Metal circle shaped cutter
    (we used the 2” circle cutter from Wilton’s Round Fondant Cut-outs)
  • Red food color(we used Wilton’s paste food color)
  • Small rolling pin
  • Wax Paper
  • Food-safe paint brush
  • Small butter knife

Cupcake Icing Tools:

  • Wilton #1M Star Tip
  • Icing Bag

Finishing Touches:

  • Red cupcake liners

Making the Peppermint:

Step 1: Divide fondant into two pieces. Color one half of the fondant red.

Step 2: With the small rolling pin, roll white fondant out on a flat surface. Cut out rounds with the 2” circle cutter. Set aside on wax paper.

Step 3: Roll out the red fondant on a flat surface. Cut out rounds with the 2” circle cutter. With the butter knife cut the round like a pizza into 8 pie-wedge sections.

Step 4: Dampen the back of each red pie-wedge shaped piece of fondant with water and a food-safe paint brush. Attach wedges to the white circle. You will need five (5) red wedges for each white round. Set aside.

Icing the Cupcakes:

Step 1: Mix 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract into the butter cream.

Step 2: Fill the icing bag with icing and fit the opening with the Wilton #1M star tip. Using a circular motion, squeeze out icing to cover the top of the cupcakes.

Step 3: Top the christmas cupcakes with one of your peppermint fondant circles.

Products used to decorate this cupcake:

Wilton Red Food Color Wilton Round Fondant Cut-outs

Wilton Red
Icing Color

Wilton Round
Fondant Cut-outs



Recipe Ideas for
Christmas Cupcakes

Need some ideas for the best recipe to use for your Christmas cupcakes? How about...

  • Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes
  • White Cupcakes (made light with egg whites)
  • Classic Rich Vanilla Cupcake (with a fluffy cream filling)
  • Cherry-flavored Cupcakes
Need more ideas? Check out these Christmas dessert recipes here!



Christmas Lights Cupcakes

Difficulty Level: Experienced

What would Christmas be without lights? If you haven't had a chance to string them up around the house, you may as well have them grace your Christmas cupcakes even if you had to make them out of fondant.

Bakery/Cake Goods Needed:

  • Your favorite batch of vanilla cupcakes
  • Your favorite butter cream frosting recipe

Christmas Lights Decorating Supplies:

  • 1 small batch of premade fondant
    (you can use store bought or homemade)
  • Metal circle shaped cutter
    (we used the 1” circle cutter from Wilton’s Round Fondant Cut-outs)
  • Food Coloring
    (we used Wilton’s paste food coloring in Royal Blue, Red-Red, Lemon Yellow, Violet, and Leaf Green)
  • Small rolling pin
  • Wax Paper
  • Food-safe paint brush
  • White Edible Glitter

Cupcake Icing Tools:

  • Wilton 1M Star Tip
  • Icing Bag

Finishing Touches:

  • Red cupcake liners

Making the Christmas Lights:

Step 1: Break fondant into five different pieces. Make four pieces about the same size and the fifth piece a little bigger. Color each of the five pieces of fondant one of the following colors: red, blue, yellow, and purple (Violet). Color the last and largest piece of fondant green.

Step 2: Start with the red colored fondant and roll it out on a flat surface to a 1/2" thickness with the small rolling pin. Cut out circles with the 1" round cutter. Continue this step with the blue, yellow, and purple fondant. Keep fondant cut-outs in a plastic bag so they stay moist and don’t dry out.

Step 3: With each of the round cut-outs, roll into an elongated ball. With your fingers, taper the ends and round them slightly to form a gentle pear shape with a large rounded bottom and a tapered, rounded end. Slightly flatten the larger rounded bottom. Set aside on wax paper. Repeat this step with the rest of the colors.

Step 4: Roll the green fondant into a tube shape slightly under 1/2" in width. Cut into 1/2" long pieces. Attach these pieces to the bottoms of the pear shaped colored fondant pieces.

Step 5: Roll another segment of green fondant into a think cord (less than 1/8" wide). Create loop and curly-Q segments with the fondant "rope." Set aside on wax paper to dry and harden.

Icing and Decorating Christmas Cupcakes:

Step 1: Fill the icing bag with butter cream and fit the opening with the Wilton #1M Star metal tip.

Step 2: Starting from the outside edge of the cupcake, use a circular motion and squeeze the icing out to cover the cupcake.

Step 3: Sprinkle cupcakes with a bit of edible glitter. Carefully place two to three lights on top of each cupcake. Add the loops and curly-qs.


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Mini Gingerbread Man
Christmas Cupcakes

Difficulty Level: Easy

Bakery/Cake Goods Needed:

  • Your favorite batch of vanilla cupcakes
  • Your favorite butter cream frosting recipe
    (use real butter and real vanilla extract to give the frosting a nice ivory color)
  • 1 cup Royal Icing

Mini Gingerbread Man Decorating Supplies:

  • Pre-made batch of white fondant
    (we used Wilton’s Ready-To-Use Rolled Fondant)
  • Metal Mini-Gingerbread Man Cutter
    (we used a small cookie cutter about 2 or 2-1/2" tall)
  • Brown Food Color or Cocoa Powder
  • Small Rolling Pin
  • Wax Paper
  • Wilton # 2 Tip
  • Coupler Ring
  • Icing Bag

Cupcake Icing and Decorating Tools:

  • Wilton 1M Star Tip
  • Icing Bag
  • Red and Green Candy Jimmies

Finishing Touches:

  • Red and Green cupcake liners

Making the Mini Gingerbread Men:

Step 1: Tint the fondant brown using the brown food coloring or cocoa powder. Roll fondant out on a flat surface with the rolling pin.

Step 2: Cut out gingerbread men with the mini cutter. Set aside on wax paper to harden over night.

Step 3: Fit the opening of a grease-free pastry bag with a grease-free icing coupler and #2 Round Icing Tip. Fill bag with royal icing.

Step 4: Carefully pipe zig-zags near the hands and feet of the gingerbread man. Next, pipe two dots for eyes and a “C” for the mouth. Allow icing to dry and harden.

Icing and Decorating the Cupcakes:

Step 1: Fit the opening of a pastry bag with the #1M Star tip and fill bag with butter cream.

Step 2: Starting from the outside edge of the cupcake, use a circular motion and squeeze the icing out to cover the cupcake.

Step 3: Sprinkle the iced cupcakes with red and green candy jimmies.

Step 4: Carefully place a gingerbread man on the top of your cupcake.

Products used to decorate this cupcake:

Gingerbread Man Cutter Candy Jimmies

Gingerbread Man Cutter Set

Candy Jimmies Assortment


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