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Makes 24 cupcakes (12 Christmas Tree and 12 Santa Hat)


These showstopper cupcakes will sparkle on any holiday table. By changing the color and topper of the cupcakes, the decoration transforms into festive Christmas trees and Santa hats. 


Favorite cake mix or recipe (4 cups batter needed)

Buttercream icing recipe, white (ready-made or make your own recipe)

Sugar cones (one per cupcake)

Extra-Fine FoodWriter marker (optional)

Craft knife


Decorator brush

Icing, kelly green color

Icing, red color

Green sanding sugar

Red sanding sugar

Holiday sprinkles

Standard 12-Cup Muffin Pan

Cupcake liners (green and red)

Cooling grid

9″ Angled spatula

Disposable decorating bags

Round decorating tip 5



1.Prepare cake batter following recipe instructions. Bake and cool cupcakes in red and green cupcake liners.

2.Using spatula, frost cupcakes with white icing. Top with desired sprinkles.

3.To make trees and hats, use a FoodWriter to mark a line around each cone at 2 inches from tip. Using wet brush, wet cone at mark. Using knife, cut cone following line.

4.Repeat for a total of 24 mini cones.

5.Using Kelly Green and Red-Red icing colors, tint 1/2 cup icing each green and red.

6.Decorate trees and hats. Using spatula, ice half of cones with green icing. Cover with green sanding sugar. Repeat with red icing and red sanding sugar on remaining half of cones.

7.Place red cones on green cupcakes and green cones on red cupcakes.

8.Decorate cupcakes. Prepare decorating bag with tip 5 and white icing. Pipe fur around bottom edge of red cones and on top point of red cone to form Santa hats.

9.For trees, pipe dot of icing on top point of green cones. Attach yellow star sprinkle.


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