Christmas Cupcake Recipes and Decorating Ideas

Easy and delicious Christmas cupcake recipes and party decorating ideas for family, school and office holiday events.

Christmas cupcake wrappers, toppers, red and green sprinkles, and edible decorations make decorating your homemade cupcakes a creative delight.

There are so many cute cupcake decorations to choose from.

Or you can use Christmas decorations such as candy canes, chocolate kisses, or small ornaments you already have on hand to top your festive cupcakes.

Christmas Cupcake Recipes


Try our easy one-bowl chocolate cupcake recipe if you are short on time, but want delicious chocolate cupcakes.

You can add milk chocolate chips, and chopped pecans to this recipe to make the cupcakes extra special for your holiday party.

Red Velvet Christmas Cupcakes

Red Velvet cupcakes are the perfect dessert for any special Christmas party occasion.

Everyone loves the delicate chocolate flavor, and the beautiful rich red color of these delicious cupcakes.

They can be frosted with the traditional Red Velvet frosting recipe given below, or you can use chocolate or cream cheese frosting to top these delectable delights!

Christmas Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe


Combine in small mixing bowl, sift together, and set aside:

  • 2 1/4 C. all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 t. salt

  • 1 t. baking soda

  • 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • Mix together in bowl or measuring cup, and set aside:

  • 1 C. buttermilk

  • 1 t. white or cider vinegar

  • 1 t. vanilla extract

  • *3 Tablespoons liquid red food coloring

  • Cream on high speed for 1 minute:

  • 1/2 C. butter

    Slowly add while continuing to mix on high speed:

  • 1 1/2 C. sugar

  • Add:

  • 2 eggs

  • beating for 1 minute after each addition.


    Add the above dry ingredient mixture alternately with the liquid ingredient mixture to this creamed mixture, mixing on medium speed after each addition.

    *You may substitute 1-2 teaspoons of red gel-food coloring, and add 3 tablespoons water to replace the missing liquid.)

  • Fill cupcake wrappers about 2/3 full.

  • Bake in 350 degree F. oven for 17-19 minutes for standard-size cupcakes.

    Cupcakes are done when a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

    This recipe makes approximately 24 standard size cupcakes, 36 mini-cupcakes, and about 18 large cupcakes.

    Traditional Frosting for Red Velvet Cupcakes


    Blend in medium-size saucepan with whisk to remove lumps:

  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 C. cold milk

  • Cook over medium to high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is very thick.

    Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

    Cream together:

  • 1 C. granulated sugar

  • 1 C. butter (room temperature)

  • until light and fluffy.


  • 1 t. vanilla

  • Add this mixture to the first mixture, beating with mixture on medium speed until mixture is fluffy.

    The completed frosting should have a texture similar to whipped cream.

    Easy Christmas Party Cupcake Dessert Ideas


    Christmas cupcake supplies from cute candy cane and Santa cupcake toppers, to mini-candy canes and Christmas tree cupcake wrappers are available to inspire and make your decorating a breeze.

    These Christmas cupcake recipes can easily be decorated to compliment your Christmas party theme.

    Christmas Cupcake Decorating Ideas

    Try red and green sprinkles, and a small candy cane atop a swirl of white frosting when decorating Christmas cup cakes.

    Another easy idea for decorating your Christmas cupcake recipes, is sprinkling coconut flakes onto the frosting swirl to create a snowy wonderland effect.

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