Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Watch how to make Christmas Tree Cupcakes here:


These cute little Christmas tree cupcakes are the perfect special treat for the holidays! They’re very easy to make, but still look adorable, and the kids go crazy for them!

Christmas cupcakes with Christmas tree toppers made from pretzels and candy melts

So…I don’t really do cutesy food.

Just not my thing. I’ll always say yes when some group is having a party and needs volunteers to bring food. I love to bake, but I’m not the one bringing adorable little treats. 

I bring cookies

Tasty, yes. But cute? Not so much.

Christmas Tree cupcakes with Christmas tree toppers made from pretzels and candy melts

I make an exception to this when it comes to my kids birthdays though. Because cake decorating is kinda fun, so I always make my kids a fun birthday cake. I figure cute food 3 times a year for a celebration is something I can handle.

Last summer my youngest turned 7. We were having his birthday party outside at a park. I asked him what kind of cake he wanted, suggesting soccer, or hockey, or superheroes, or anything that most 7 year old boys would ask for…..and he said forest. Because his party was going to be at a park and there are trees there.

Christmas Cupcakes

Do you know what you find when you search on Pinterest for “forest cupcake” ideas? Black forest cake, that’s what. There’s no such thing as forest birthday cakes.

So I decided I would make cupcakes with green “grass” for icing, and some quick and easy “trees” out of pretzels and candy melts. Turns out his idea was actually quite cute. (I included a photo of them, in case you have a child that wants forest cupcakes too!)

Forest cupcakes with tree toppers made from pretzels and candy melts

As Christmas tree cupcakes? Even cuter.

These Christmas tree cupcakes are so easy to make, and are a super fun treat if you want to make some cutesy food this Christmas! 

Tasty chocolate cupcakes, vanilla buttercream frosting, coconut “snow”, and Christmas tree toppers made from pretzels and green candy melts.

So easy and the kids loved them!

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

How to make perfect Christmas Tree Cupcakes:

  • This cupcake recipe can be easily doubled or halved if you need a different number of cupcakes. As written it makes 24. 
  • You can also easily adjust the number of Christmas trees you make if you don’t want to make enough for 3 on each cupcake. If you are making 72 trees though, you will want to work in batches, and only melt 1/4 to 1/3 of the candy melts at once as it will start to set up a bit as you’re working if it cools off too much and you’ll have to re-melt it. There’s a photo below the recipe that shows a step by step for making the Christmas trees – as you can see, it’s pretty simple!
  • If you can’t find green candy melts, you can also do this with white candy melts and green candy colouring (make sure it’s candy colouring, not dye for frosting, they’re different). This way you can also make your trees different shades of green, which is what I did on the birthday “forest” cupcakes.
  • Sweetened or unsweetened coconut will be just fine for the “snow”, so use your preference.
  • This recipe makes chocolate cupcakes – obviously you can make whatever kind of cupcake you like and add the cute little Christmas trees to them!
  • Here are some more great Christmas treats for you: Peppermint Brownie TrufflesSalted Caramel Pretzel BarkWhipped ShortbreadSugar Cookies, and Easy Caramel Corn

I’ve also shared this Christmas Tree Cupcakes recipe over on Food Fanatic.   

How to make Christmas tree cupcake toppers

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