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You’ll Love This Easy Christmas Tree Cupcake Hack!

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These Christmas Tree cupcakes only need a handful of supplies and look amazing! You can also use this trick on top of cakes or any dessert for a festive holiday treat!

Christmas Tree Cupcakes


  • Storebought or homemade cupcakes (any flavor, but I’d recommend white icing to look like “snow.”
  • Ice cream cones (one per cupcake)
  • Frosting: You can prepare your own frosting and dye it green with food coloring, or you can also use a pre-prepared green icing bag with a star or flower tip, usually right in the baking aisle.
  • Optional: Wilton 2D flower tip to pipe around the cone with piping bag.
  • Optional: Powdered sugar and sphere-shaped sprinkles for “ornaments.”
Christmas Tree Cupcake Hack


  1. Place a sugar cone upside-down on top of a frosted cupcake. (Tip: You can cut or shave down the cone so it isn’t quite so tall. The green icing will cover any cracks or imperfections!)
  2. Start at the bottom of the cone with your piping bag and make small flower shapes to look like tree branches. Work your way up and around the tree.
  3. Using tweezers, add sprinkle “ornaments.” You can also just top with regular holiday sprinkles!
  4. Optional: Dust with powdered sugar for “snow.”
  5. If not serving right away, store in the refrigerator so the frosting doesn’t get too soft.

Here’s a Quick Video Tutorial!

Perfect Presentation Platters

These Christmas Tree Cupcakes would look adorable on any serving board or platter! Here are some of my favorites:

Christmas Platters: I love this Nutcracker Serving Platter and this Gingerbread Man Plate from Kirklands, as well as this Christmas Mercantile Tray from the Pioneer Woman.

Cake Stands: For a great option with a lid, this white stoneware stand is gorgeous as well as this wood and metal option. Target also has this two-tiered stand that is so pretty, or this wooden stand from Walmart is super clean and modern looking. I also love this marble and acacia cake stand!

Kitchen Links: The Gingerbread House and Gingerbread Man Platter are both from Pottery Barn. The Nutcracker Cookie Jar is from Mac-Kenzie-Childs (and makes a great gift!) My checkered rug is also MacKenzie-Childs. The Christmas Tree shaped cutting board is from Antique Farmhouse!

Christmas Cupcakes on a white cakestand

Can I Prep These Ahead of Time?

Yes! These should stay fresh for about a day ahead of serving time. I’d recommend storing them in the refrigerator, so the icing doesn’t get too soft. If possible, cover with a cake stand as an added layer to keep them fresh.

Leanna holding a Christmas tree cupcake

Storing Leftover Christmas Tree Cupcakes

I usually recommend storing cupcakes in a Tupperware container or covering with Saran Wrap to help them stay fresh, which is tricky for these tall trees! These can be stored in the refrigerator, where they should stay fresh for 2-3 days. If storing at room temperature, I’d recommend covering with a cake stand if possible.

Festive holiday cupcakes decorated with Christmas trees

Happy Holidays!

If you make these cute Christmas Tree Cupcakes, please upload a pic and tag me on Instagram. It’s so fun for me to see your creations! 🙂 For more fun Christmas recipes, you may also love these Adorable Snow Globe Cupcakes, this Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree, or these Christmas Tree Brownies! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, sweet friends!

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