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Delicious and easy Christmas tree cupcakes with a chocolate cupcake base, vanilla buttercream frosting, and cute Christmas tree style decoration! 

Christmas tree cupcakes

It’s been a while since I had so much fun baking some cupcakes. Honestly, these are my most favourite cupcakes in a long time, so I hope you all love them as much as I do! JUST LOOK AT THEM! They are little Christmas trees!! 

I wanted to do something that would be a fun bake for everyone this time of year, but something that is still quite easy, and basically using what you will all already have in your cupboards – cupcakes are always the most straightforward idea, and I just really do love a good cupcake. 


I went for a chocolate cupcake because I wanted it to be brown like the ground – I wanted it to be ‘dirt’ – for the tree to sit on! You could argue it also represents the stump of the tree, but that’s entirely up to you. I just really like chocolate cupcakes okay… 

I went for a classic chocolate sponge that I use in so many of my cupcake recipes, but you can use my chocolate fudge cupcakes base if you want something a little more indulgent – you will need to stick to this decoration though! 

Cases and decoration

I used some standard brown muffin cases for my cupcake cases this time as I didn’t want the cases to distract from the decoration – but that is entirely up to you. With a simple 5 ingredient cupcake mix, they are so easy to bake and make that you will have no problems! 

For the decoration, it’s obvious what it is meant to represent – a Christmas tree! I used my favourite 2d closed star piping tip as always because I just adore the swirl that it creates on the cupcake. I purposefully pipe slightly more towards the middle of the cupcake so you can see some of the sponge underneath, and then it also makes the buttercream taller! 

Star topper & baubles 

For the decoration of the cupcakes I tried to use simple things – I had some white chocolate stars that I used for the toppers, from this packet! I also used these cute and brightly coloured sprinkles for baubles because they are so cute! 

You can easily use something such as smarties or similar, but they can be a little big – so any sprinkles work, but I love the rainbow chocoballs the most! With a little dusting of icing sugar, they are done! Honestly, I am so obsessed it’s insane. 

Food colouring and flavouring

I used this green food colouring to make the tree colour – and my gosh it worked! The good thing about using such a good quality food colouring is that you can use so little to get such a deep colour. I used maybe 1/2tsp to get a deep green, which is so good! I really do believe in good quality food colours, so please try and use them! 

If you wanted to have a little fun with the flavours you can easily flavour the cupcakes using 1 tsp of extract in the sponge and/or the frosting – you could use orange, peppermint, almond etc… it’s up to you!Or you can leave it vanilla and plain as I have. I hope you love this fun and festive recipe as much as I do! Jane x

Christmas Tree Cupcakes! 

Delicious and easy Christmas Tree Cupcakes with a chocolate cupcake base, vanilla buttercream frosting, and cute Christmas tree style decoration! 
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Category: Cupcakes
Type: Cupcakes
Keyword: Christmas
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling & Decorating Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 12 Cupcakes!
Author: Jane's Patisserie



  • 200 g unsalted butter
  • 200 g light brown soft sugar
  • 150 g self raising flour
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 200 g unsalted butter (not stork) (room temperature)
  • 400 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp green food colouring


  • Chocolate stars
  • Sprinkles
  • Icing sugar dusting



  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan and prep 12 cases.
  • Beat the unsalted butter/stork and light brown soft sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the self raising flour, cocoa powder, eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Beat the mixture until its thick and lovely.
  • Split the mixture evenly between the 12 cases and bake in the oven for 20-22 minutes.
  • Once baked, leave to cool fully.


  • Beat the room temperature unsalted butter on its own for a few minutes to loosen it and make it smoother.
  • Add in the icing sugar and vanilla extract and beat again until smooth - I mix for a good few minutes.
  • Add the green food colouring and beat again until combined.


  • Pipe green food colouring on to each cupcake using a 2d closed star piping nozzle - try to keep some of the cupcake sponge exposed, and pipe the buttercream taller than usual.
  • Carefully press some brightly coloured sprinkles in to the cupcakes to resemble christmas baubles.
  • Add a chocolate star to each cupcake, and lightly dust with icing sugar. Enjoy!



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  1. Janine on December 2, 2023 at 8:40 pm

    What brand of unsalted butter do you use please.

  2. Sapphire Rose on November 19, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    If I want to make 24 of these cupcakes, do I simply double the quantity of the above ingredients?

  3. Tracy Brown on June 28, 2023 at 6:08 pm

    My piping skill are not great, could you do a tutorial on piping?!

  4. Nina and Grace on December 22, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Jane- so yummy you’ve outdone yourself this time! Yes very nice, piping a bit tricky tho 😫! Anyway, good job 🤤😀🌹

  5. Joanna on November 24, 2022 at 11:49 am

    5 stars
    Made these for my sons school cake sale and I was so proud at how they came out. Looked and tasted amazing, I used the cream cheese recipe and added peppermint which I feel complimented the chocolate cupcake.

  6. Laura Bryant on December 9, 2021 at 11:59 am

    These look amazing! I would love to make them for my daughter to take to school, any top tips on individual wrapping/transport that doesn’t cost a bomb?

    • Laura on December 12, 2021 at 6:23 pm

      We got some individual cupcake bags. Pack of 10 for like £1 at Morrisons. They have a cardboard base so you can literally pack one at a time x

  7. Christine Xuereb on December 3, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Can you freeze these cupcakes once they have been decorated…..thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 3, 2021 at 12:16 pm

      Hiya! Yes absolutely – you can freeze them for up to 3 months! x

    • Simona De Sio on December 13, 2021 at 9:27 pm

      I did these over the weekend and came out looking lovely but I had an issue with the buttercrean as it tasted artificial and bitter and wondered if the food colouring could have caused this as never had a problem with my buttercream before 🙁 so although looked great did not test very nice

  8. Gemma on December 1, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Hi Jane, could I freeze the mixture pre bake or do they have to be cooked to be frozen? Thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 2, 2021 at 3:08 pm

      Hiya! Jane personally always recommends freezing the cupcakes once baked. Hope this helps! x

  9. Luisa on November 27, 2021 at 8:36 am

    I love this recipe!! If I wanted to add chocolate chips to the sponge, do I have to change the ingredient amounts? Thank you!!

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 30, 2021 at 11:05 am

      Hiya! You could add 200g chocolate chips – but decrease the other quantities by 1/4 to compensate for the weight! Hope this helps! x

  10. Sophie on November 27, 2021 at 8:18 am

    I love your recipes but my decoration never looks like yours! Are you able to do tutorial on piping?!

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