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Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes Recipe

Take your holiday cupcakes to the next level with these beautiful Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes. These cupcakes look like a Christmas scene with the bright green trees and white snowy background.

Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes Recipe

Kids will love finding a candy surprise when they break open the Christmas trees on each cupcake!

Delicious homemade chocolate cupcakes are topped with white frosting to look like snow and an ice cream cone covered in bright green buttercream frosting. 

You can serve these Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes as a fun holiday snack all winter. These cupcakes are also perfect for bringing to holiday parties.

Kids and adults will love devouring these cupcakes with the hidden candy surprise!

These cupcakes would be a great dessert to serve on Christmas day after eating turkey. 

These beautiful Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes are easy to make. Just make some chocolate cupcakes (or use your preferred cupcake recipe) and top with frosted ice cream cones.

It’s that simple to make this dessert! Children can help frost the cupcakes and ice cream cones. 

In about an hour, you’ll have tender chocolate cupcakes, topped with Christmas trees covered in a bright green frosting ready to enjoy!

Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes

HOW TO MAKE CHRISTMAS TREE CONE CUPCAKES

Chocolate cupcakes are frosted with vanilla frosting and then topped with ice cream cones that are filled with a surprise filling and covered in bright green frosting to look like giant Christmas trees for a delicious snack or dessert the whole family will enjoy!

Are you ready to get started?

You’ll find the specific ingredient amounts and detailed instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of this post.

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CHRISTMAS TREE CONE CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS

Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes

This fun and easy Christmas Tree Cone Cupcake recipe uses everyday kitchen staples to create a delicious holiday dessert or snack your family will love.

All you need is:

  • some flour
  • cocoa powder
  • sugar
  • milk
  • vegetable oil
  • hot water
  • an egg
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • vanilla extract
  • sprinkles 
  • a few ice cream cones
  • M&M’s 
  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • green food coloring

CHRISTMAS TREE CONE CUPCAKE RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS

To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 320 F (160 C).

Prepare the cupcake molds with cupcake liners and set them aside.

Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes

Whisk the egg, vegetable oil, milk, and vanilla extract in a bowl.

Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes

In another bowl add the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt).

Combine the dry ingredients with wet ones and mix until well combined.

Then add the hot water to the batter. The batter will be thin.

Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes

Put cake batter into the cupcake liners in the cupcake molds.

Bake the cupcakes for 20 minutes without opening the oven door.

After 20 minutes, test with a toothpick and check if it is baked. Once baked, remove the cupcakes from the oven and cool on a baking rack.

Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes

To make the buttercream, use a stand mixer to beat the butter, then add powdered sugar.

Whisk until it gets fluffy and white.

Divide the buttercream into two bowls.

Keep one bowl white to look like snow.

Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes

Add the green food coloring to the other half to look like the trees.

Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes

Coat the top of the cupcakes with plain buttercream.

Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes

Add the M&Ms into each cone and put the cones on top of the cupcake.

Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes

Then pipe the cones with green buttercream to look like a tree.

Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes

Decorate each cone with sprinkles.

In about an hour, you'll have a beautiful holiday dessert or snack with a hidden surprise that’s sure to become a new favorite!

Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes

CHRISTMAS TREE CONE CUPCAKES TIPS AND QUESTIONS

If you’ve never made cupcakes into Christmas trees, don’t worry! Below are some common questions and helpful tips.

Hopefully, this will answer any questions you may have. If not, feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll answer the best I can.

HOW LONG DOES IT REALLY TAKE TO MAKE CHRISTMAS TREE CONE CUPCAKES?

This Christmas Tree Cone Cupcake recipe takes approximately 72 minutes. TOTAL. This includes:

  • About 5 minutes of prep time
  • Close to 7 minutes to make the cupcake batter
  • Around 20 minutes to bake until golden brown and make the frosting
  • 20 minutes to cool the cupcakes
  • 20 minutes to frost and decorate the cupcakes
Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes

HOW DO I STORE CHRISTMAS TREE CONE CUPCAKES?

You can store Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 3 days or in your freezer for up to 3 months.

Simply unthaw the cupcakes at room temperature.

I suggest freezing them without the decorations and then decorating them after unthawing them. 

CAN I USE ANY FROSTING ON THESE CUPCAKES?

No, I suggest only using the buttercream frosting to frost the ice cream cones.

Other frosting might not stay in place when frosted onto the cones. 

Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes

CAN I MAKE CHRISTMAS TREE CONE CUPCAKES AHEAD OF TIME?

Yes, you can easily make Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes the day before serving.

Simply keep them stored in an airtight container at room temperature until you are ready to serve.

You can also make the cupcakes a few days ahead and then wait until the day you are serving them to decorate them with the frosted cones.

WHAT GOES WELL WITH CHRISTMAS CUPCAKES?

Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes go well with a wide variety of holiday snacks. These recipes would be great to serve together.

Some of my personal favorites include:

Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes

CAN I USE VANILLA CUPCAKES INSTEAD CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES?

Yes, you can use vanilla cupcakes in this recipe instead of chocolate cupcakes.

The steps will be pretty much the same. Use your favorite vanilla cupcake recipe or a store-bought box mix. 

WHAT ELSE CAN I ADD TO THIS CHRISTMAS TREE CONE CUPCAKE RECIPE?

This simple Christmas Tree Cone Cupcake recipe not only tastes great, but it’s also incredibly versatile.

Try adding some candy that looks like Christmas Tree decorations to the green frosting.

You could use peppermint pinwheels, chocolate balls, chocolate bells, etc. YUM!

Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes

CHRISTMAS TREE CONE CUPCAKE RECIPE

Yield: 14 Cupcakes

CHRISTMAS TREE CONE CUPCAKE RECIPE

Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes

Take your holiday cupcakes to the next level with these beautiful Christmas Tree Cone Cupcakes. These cupcakes look like a Christmas scene with the bright green trees and white snowy background. Kids will love finding a candy surprise when they break open the Christmas trees on each cupcake! Delicious homemade chocolate cupcakes are topped with white frosting to look like snow and an ice cream cone covered in bright green buttercream frosting. 

Prep Time 32 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • For the Cupcakes:
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 6 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • Chocolate sprinkles (for decoration)
  • 10 - 14 cones
  • M&M’s (to put inside)
  • For the Butter Cream:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • Green food coloring

Instructions

For the Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 320 F (160 C).
  2. Prepare the Cupcake molds with cupcake sheets.
  3. Whisk the egg, vegetable oil, milk, and vanilla extract in a bowl.
  4. In another bowl add the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt)
  5. Combine the dry ingredients with wet ones and mix until well combined.
  6. Then add the hot water to the batter. (Batter will be thin)
  7. Put cake batter into the papers that placed in the cupcake molds.
  8. Cook it for 20 minutes without opening it.
  9. Test with toothpick and check if it is cooked and take it out and cool it down.

For butter Cream & Decoration

  1. Beat the butter, then add powdered sugar.
  2. Whisk until it gets fluffy and white.
  3. Divide the butter cream into two. (One half needs to be white)
  4. Add the green food coloring to another half. (Until the desired color)
  5. Coat the top of the cupcakes with butter cream.
  6. Add the M&Ms into each cone and put the cones top of the cupcake.
  7. Then pipe with green butter cream as shape of a tree.
  8. Decorate each cone with chocolate sprinkles.
  9. ENJOY!

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    14

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 527Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 396mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 1gSugar: 48gProtein: 5g

    Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.

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    WHAT’S NEXT

    I hope you enjoy this fun Christmas cupcake recipe as much as my family does!

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