Creative Christmas Tree Cupcakes


Difficulty Level: Easy


Bakery/Cake Goods Needed:Your favorite batch of vanilla cupcakes
  • Your favorite butter cream frosting recipe
    (divide the frosting in half and tint one part green and leave the rest white)

  • Christmas Tree Decorating Supplies:

    • 1 small batch of premade fondant tinted yellow
      (we used Wilton's Ready-To-Use Rolled Fondant in white)

    • Metal star shaped cutter
      (we used the 1/2” star cutter from Wilton's
      Star Fondant Cut-outs)

    • Small rolling pin

    • Wax Paper

    • Wilton #16 star tip

    • Icing bag

    • Red and white decorator sprinkles

    Cupcake Icing Tools:

    • Metal Spatula

    Finishing Touches:

    • Red cupcake liners or holiday wrapper of your choice

    Making Christmas Tree Stars:

    Step 1: With the small rolling pin, roll out yellow fondant to approximately ¼” thick.

    Step 2: Cut out shapes using star cutter. Set aside on wax paper to dry and harden over night.

    Icing Cupcakes:

    Step 1: Work the butter cream in the bowl until it scoops easily onto the spatula.

    Step 2: Drop a dollop on the top of the cupcake, and using the edge of the spatula, smooth out the surface to create a flatly iced cupcake. Set aside.

    Making the Christmas Trees:

    Step 1: With icing bag fitted with a #16 star tube, pipe out a cluster of elongated shell arranged in a circle on top of one of the smoothly iced cupcakes.

    Step 2: Pipe a second row of elongated stars slightly shorter than the first row.

    Step 3: Repeat previous steps making this final layer shorter than the previous.

    Step 4: Trim the “trees” with red and white sprinkles.

    Step 5: Place a fondant star at the top of each “tree.”

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    Easy Christmas Tree Cupcakes


    These simple Christmas Tree cupcakes use a variety of different techniques. Each have their own unique look and style, but the choose the one you feel most comfortable with. Each tree can be changed to match or color theme so feel free to experiment.

    Difficulty Level: Easy



    Bakery/Cake Goods Needed:

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

    Christmas Tree Decorating Supplies:

    • 1 small batch of premade fondant tinted pink(we used Wilton's Ready-To-Use Rolled Fondant in white)

    • Metal star shaped cutter
      (we used the 1/2” star cutter from Wilton's Star Fondant Cut-outs)

    • Small rolling pin

    • Wax Paper

    • Ateco #846 star tip

    • Icing bag

    • Red and pink decorator sprinkles

    Cupcake Icing Tools:

    • Metal Spatula

    • Edible glitter

    Finishing Touches:

    • Red or pink cupcake liners

    Making Christmas Tree Stars:

    Step 1: With the small rolling pin, roll out pink fondant to approximately ¼” thick.

    Step 2: Cut out shapes using star cutter. Set aside on wax paper to dry and harden over night.

    Icing Cupcakes:

    Step 1: Work the butter cream in the bowl until it scoops easily onto the spatula.

    Step 2: Drop a dollop on the top of the cupcake, and using the edge of the spatula, smooth out the surface to create a flatly iced cupcake. Set aside.

    Making the Christmas Trees:

    Step 1: With icing bag fitted with a #846 star tip, pipe an elongated star in the center of the cupcake. Twist your wrist slighted as your piping the icing to create a pattern in the icing.

    Step 2: Trim the "trees" with red and pink sprinkles.

    Step 3: Place a fondant star at the top of each "tree."

    Step 4: Sprinkle cupcake with edible glitter.

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    Fondant Christmas Tree Cupcakes



    Difficulty Level: Experienced


    Bakery/Cake Goods Needed:
    • Your favorite batch of vanilla cupcakes

    • Your favorite butter cream frosting recipe
    Christmas Tree Decorating Supplies:
    • 1 small batch of premade fondant
      (we used Wilton's Ready-To-Use Rolled Fondant in white)

    • Green food color (we used Wilton’s paste food color in Leaf Green)

    • Christmas tree template*
      (directions to make your own template are below)

    • Small rolling pin

    • Small knife

    • Wax Paper

    • Small Zip-lock Bag

    • Icing bag

    • Red or white decorator sprinkles
    Cupcake Icing Tools:
    • Icing Bag

    • Wilton 1M Star Metal Tip

    • White or Clear Sparkling Sugar Sprinkles
    Finishing Touches:
    • Red cupcake liners
    Making the Christmas Trees:

    Step 1: With the small rolling pin, roll out green fondant to approximately 1/4" thick.

    Step 2: Using your Christmas tree template, trace out the tree shapes and cut them from the fondant. Cut keyhole in the center of each tree. Set aside on wax paper to harden and dry overnight.

    Icing Cupcakes:

    Step 1: Fit the opening of the icing bag with the 1M Star Tip and fill with butter cream icing.

    Step 2: Starting from the outside edge of the cupcake, pipe a swirl on the top of the cupcake.

    Step 3: Sprinkle with white sparkling sugar.

    Assembling the Christmas Trees and Decorating the Cupcakes:

    Step 1: Assemble the trees by fitting two Christmas tree shaped together: One tree will have a key hole starting at the top of the tree, the other will have a keyhole starting at the bottom. Slide these two pieces together. Place the tree on top of a cupcake.

    Step 2: Fill the small zip lock bag with butter cream. Snip off the end and pipe gentle dollops of frosting on the tree tips and top.

    Step 3: Sprinkle lightly with the sparkling sugar. Attach a red or white decorator sprinkle to alternating ends of the trees.

    Making your own Christmas tree template
    On a piece of paper, draw a line 1-1/2” long. Make hash marks dividing the line into three sections and make the last section the biggest. Starting at one end, draw triangles with the hash marks marking the base of each triangle. Each triangle will nest under the next. The line you drew on the paper, should run down the middle. Cut out your Christmas tree and your template is complete.



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