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Festive Christmas Tree Cupcakes Recipe with Buttercream Frosting

  • Author: Emily Dingmann of myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 18 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


The most ADORABLE Christmas tree cupcakes! These Christmas cupcakes use cake mix – but we doctor it up to make it even BETTER! Easy to decorate.


Units Scale

For cupcakes:

  • 1 box of white or yellow cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup full fat sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla

For Icing:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • Green food coloring

For decorating:


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


  • TIP: This buttercream icing crusts pretty quickly, so you may want to add sprinkles to each cupcake as you go, rather than waiting until all cupcakes are iced. Otherwise your sprinkles may bounce off the icing.
  • Nutrition information is an estimate.

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