Fun and easy to make, these cute Christmas tree cupcakes can be made with pre-purchased cupcakes and frosting. PLUS, they take less than 15 minutes to complete.

Christmas Tree Cupcake: Equipment

  • Piping Bags
  • Piping tip -1M
  • Festive Cupcake Liners
  • Serrated knife

Prep Time: 7 mins
Decorating: 8 mins
Total Time: 15 mins

Christmas Tree Cupcakes: Ingredients

For six cupcakes, you will need:

  • 6 Prebaked cupcakes
  • 2 cans, store-bought vanilla frosting, dyed green
  • Sprinkles
  • Ice Cream Cones, waffle cones


Step One

Use a serrated knife to slowly, carefully cut your ice cream cones down to your preferred size.


Pay special attention to how hard you are pressing while sawing back and forth. If you push too hard, the cone will shatter. Rotate the cone as you cut for a cleaner cut. If it’s not perfect, that’s okay; we can fix it with buttercream.

Step Two

Add about 1/2 a cup of white, pre-made or store-front frosting to a piping bag that’s fitted with a 1M tip.
Starting in the center of the cupcake pipe is a single star of frosting. Then, make a circle of frosting around the star to create a rosette.

Be careful to apply even and steady pressure on the frosting bag the entire time.

Step Three

Place your ice cream cones into the frosting and wiggle a little to ensure they stand straight. You might have to add a little extra frosting to one side or another to balance it.

It’s important to straighten the cones at this stage. You cannot fix a wonky cone once your Christmas tree cupcakes are complete.

Step Four

Dye the remaining frosting a vivid green and add to a piping bag fitted with a small star tip.

Step Five

Starting at the bottom of the cone, pipe the tree with stars. You do this by holding the tip against the cone, gently squeezing, and then pulling the bag away.

Pro Tip

To avoid stars with “tails,” Squeeze, stop squeezing, then pull away.

There’s no right or wrong way to angle the stars.

Add sprinkles or dust with powdered sugar before the frosting has a chance to set.

Amazon Equipment List

These are the items I used and some suitable alternatives from Amazon.

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Two-Pack of 1M Star Piping Tips

Ten-Pack Reusable 10inch Piping Bags

Stainless Steel Piping Tip Set

20 Piece Buttercream Decorating Set for Beginners

While we’re talking Christmas trees, check out our Christmas Tree Place Card craft.


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