Sunday, December 20, 2009

Candy Cane Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Candy Cane Christmas Trees

I went to a Christmas party last weekend that ended up being the inspiration for these decorated cupcakes. The home of the party was filled with sugar and pink and the absolute sweetest decorations. Wait until you see. I’ll show you soon. Maybe tomorrow. I still need to edit all the photos I took because it really deserves it’s own post.

But back to cupcakes. I was playing around with decorating, so I just used a cake mix for these cupcakes. But if you decide to try them, use a recipe that is more dense, more pound-cake than fluffy because the weight of the trees can cause them to tumble if you’re not careful.

Anyway… Christmas Tree Cupcakes. You’ve seen them before, I’m sure.

Sugar Cones

They use sugar cones for the base of the tree. But all the ones I’ve seen use the entire cone and then rest it on the top of the cupcake like these from Martha Stewart. This would obviously make sense if I was smart.

Candy Canes

But no, I wanted them to be smaller … (go figure)… and stand above the cupcake with candy cane stems.

Candy Cane Christmas Trees

Just like this. Pretty cute.

But, just a little plain I think.

Snowflake sprinkles

So, I tinted some fondant and made little presents to go under the tree. And these snowflake sprinkles made perfect little bows.


Candy Cane Christmas Tree Cupcakes

I think I could have stopped here and they would be just fine.

Instead, I added some pink, blue and white confetti sprinkles for decorations.

What do you think? Too much? or Too cute?

Candy Cane Christmas Trees

To decorate, you’ll need:

Sugar Cones
White Candy Melts
White Sugar crystals
Pink Sugar crystals
Candy Canes
Icing colors (I used Wilton Dusty Rose & )
Snowflake Sprinkles
Confetti Sprinkles

  • Cut off ends of the sugar cones, so the tree section is around 3 inches long. Use a serrated knife to carefully saw through without shattering the cone.
  • Dip cone sections in melted white candy coating. If you use a tall plastic cup, it will be easier to coat the entire cone.
  • Remove and let excess coating fall off.
  • Sprinkle white sugar crystals or sanding sugar over entire surface of the cone. Sprinkle over a large bowl and you can reuse the sprinkles.
  • Set on wax paper to dry completely. When dry, you can redip the bottoms to make sure the cone is completely coated.
  • Use 6 inch long candy canes and break the handles off so you are left with a straight piece that’s around 5 inches.
  • Cover cupcakes with tinted pink frosting.
  • Fill a small dish with the pink sugar crystals or sanding sugar and press cupcake tops into the dish until the entire surface is covered with sugar cyrstals.
  • Dip one end of the candy cane in some of the melted candy coating and insert the other end straight into the cupcake.
  • Place a Christmas Tree on top of the candy cane and let the candy coating dry and work like a glue.
  • If you want decorations, it would be a good idea to add them before you attach the tree. Just dot a small amount of coating on the surface and attach a colored sprinkle.
  • For presents, tint white fondant and shape the fondant into small squares by hand. Then use some of the white fondant, roll it out and use a knife to cut thin strips for ribbon. Attach the white fondant ribbon to the presents with a small dab of water. Then attach the snowflake sprinkles the same way.
  • Remember, use dense cupcakes instead of light and fluffy ones so the trees will not want to tip.
  • Or skip the candy canes, use the entire sugar cone and make big trees. Then you won’t have to worry.

Either way… enjoy!

P.S. The baking cups are from in case you’re wondering,

Dee Jordan said...

I made EGGNOG cupcakes today from Natalie, a new bakerella friend in the UK, I think I will decorate them like this tomorrow and post later this week! You inspire something higher in me Bakerella, Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2009 02:31 AM
Kellie said...

Definitely TOO CUTE!! Love them. I love pink in Christmas things, makes it so retro.

December 21, 2009 03:06 AM
Jennifer said...

Very cute! You could also use Starburst candies for presents.

December 21, 2009 03:31 AM
Michelle said...

You are featured in the Sunday Sweets section today on They did a feature on awesome Christmas cupcakes and 2 of yours are featured.

December 21, 2009 03:32 AM
aimee said...

too cute!!! absolutely love these…am going to have to try my hand at this one!

December 21, 2009 03:35 AM
Angie said...

TOO CUTE! My two boys even loved them!

December 21, 2009 04:27 AM
Natalie said...

Wow these are so good!! So pretty and festive I love them!

December 21, 2009 04:33 AM
Annette in CA said...

So sweet!!!!!!!!!

December 21, 2009 05:25 AM
Kelly Amaral said...

These are sweet! I have my final fondant cake decorating class tonight, and I have to make a two tiered cake. I was stumped on ideas of how I can incorporate a winter theme (instead of just turning the cakes into fondant wrapped gifts). I have green candy melts and coloured sugar, so I will try with those, and add them to the top! :) I hope they turn out as pretty as yours.

Thanks for inspiring me! And thank you to my patient wife, who actually let us get rid of our dishwasher to give me more space for baking stuff :o) Behind every great woman, there’s usually, well, another great woman! :) Happy Holidays Bakerella!

December 21, 2009 05:29 AM
linda said...

dearest bakerella,
you are extremely talented, very creative, gifted & i truly enjoy your site!
wishing you a very joyous holiday season & i hope that santa fulfills my wish (& those of all your loyal fans) with a bakerella cookbook…inspiration book…for 2010!!

December 21, 2009 05:33 AM

Qué maravilla de árboles de Navidad.
Me he quedado maravillada.
Mil gracias a todo el equipo de Bakarella.

December 21, 2009 06:15 AM
Chrish said...

So cute! This would be a fun family project for the holidays.

December 21, 2009 06:41 AM
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

So adorable! I love them!

December 21, 2009 06:43 AM
lizzy said...

Love it! What a great idea.
Maybe next year I will try that for the kids

Merry Christmas

December 21, 2009 06:51 AM
Kati Angelini said...

TWO WORDS: ADORABLY PERFECT or PERFECTLY ADORABLE !!!! Once again Bakerella–you hit the nail on the head!! THIS ARE SIMPLY PERFECT!! PS-loved your cupcake cookies too!! =}

December 21, 2009 07:02 AM
Dawn said...

Those cupcakes are so cute! Can’t wait to see the pictures you post from the party!

December 21, 2009 07:17 AM
Pamela C. said...

Adorable. I love them. Definately something I will do with my grandkids next year.

pscole3467 at gmail dot com

December 21, 2009 07:26 AM
Jenn said...

Way too cute! I want one, right now

December 21, 2009 07:35 AM
Tracy said...

Why is it that anything in miniature form is just adorable???
These are just that….adorable! I might have time to make them….in March Ü

December 21, 2009 07:36 AM
Anne said...

So pretty! Those are adorable!

December 21, 2009 07:43 AM
Pam said...

Absolutely the cutest! How do you find the time? Happiest of holidays to you and yours!!!

December 21, 2009 07:47 AM
Myla said...

VERY cute! :D

Have a Wonderful Christmas! ?

December 21, 2009 08:06 AM
amylouwho said...

amazing as always! Love them!

December 21, 2009 08:11 AM
AGinTO said...

Nah, they’re perfect! Over-the-top cuteness…which is always “just right”!!! They’re gorgeous Bakerella – but I’d expect nothing less! ;o)
Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2009 08:19 AM
Cha Cha said...

My 10 year old is going to try these today ( with my assistance), if they turn out well she is goin to take them to our family dinner on christmas eve. Wish her luck, I will keep you posted. Thanks for the inspiration.

December 21, 2009 08:23 AM
peachkins said...

This looks so amazing!

December 21, 2009 08:24 AM
Melissa Deming said...

i just fainted from the the cuteness!!!!!!! love ya!

December 21, 2009 08:32 AM
Crystel said...

These are adorable!!

December 21, 2009 08:37 AM
Laura Lizbinski said...

never too much!! They are so cute, and I can’t wait to see the party pictures. On second thought, I might become jealous when I see them… so post when you may. Merry Christmas to everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 21, 2009 08:37 AM
Ariel Keener said...

Oh they are fantastic! The minute I saw them I thought they looked very Dr. Seuss. I love them!

December 21, 2009 08:42 AM
Bridget said...

I checked out Matha’s and yours are was more cooler!

December 21, 2009 08:58 AM
DailyBaxter said...

very cute!

December 21, 2009 08:59 AM
Wendy said...

Adorable! Wish I had somewhere to take these so I would have an excuse to make them. I just made some “snowglobe” cupcakes inspired by Bakerella last Maybe I will make these in 2010!

December 21, 2009 09:13 AM
M.S. said...

These are adorable! How does anyone manage to eat your creations? I’d have them lined up in my kitchen with a “do not touch” sign! Super creative!

December 21, 2009 09:13 AM
Cait Voegeli said...

Definitely adorable. Hands down. They look like they’d be a perfect addition to any holiday party. I just wish I had a muffin tin so I could make some of my own!

December 21, 2009 09:14 AM
Amy said...


December 21, 2009 09:20 AM
Amy Frazee said...

Perfect little trees! Not too much at all, too cute!

December 21, 2009 09:34 AM
Shannon said...

Adorable! I don’t think I could every make them, but they are absolutely adorable! Great job, you are so creative!

December 21, 2009 09:36 AM
Shir said...

Wow, I think this is one of the most impresive desserts I’ve ever seen, and of course the most impresive cupcake. Bakerella, you are GENIUS!
You made me want to make my friends a christmas party with all those baking ideas you wrote, and I’m not even christian!
I’m some 14 years old girl from Israel who is really in love with your ideas

December 21, 2009 09:41 AM
Kara said...

WOW, WOW, WOW! Soooo cute!

December 21, 2009 09:51 AM
alice said...

how cute! i love them! i have a picture of me (Flat Alice) with you from a book signing in Atlanta. i love it! it’s featured in a post on my blog :) the shadow of the cross. merry Christmas, Bakerella!

December 21, 2009 09:56 AM
The Teacher Cooks said...

You are so creative!! I love these.

December 21, 2009 10:12 AM
Renee said...

This has got to be the MOST adorable cupcake creation I have ever seen!!!!!! I wish I had the time to re-create it before Christmas, I know my daughter and he cousins would be head over heels for them.

December 21, 2009 10:13 AM
Jaime in OK said...

So adorable! How do you sleep at night with all of these awesome ideas swimming in that head of yours?!?! You’re amazing woman!

December 21, 2009 10:14 AM
Heather said...

Definitely love them with the decorations on the trees! Cute cute cute!

December 21, 2009 10:15 AM
Army Mom said...

SOOOOO much cuter than the Martha ones!

You amaze me!

Thanks for all you do, and Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2009 10:18 AM
Leisa said...

oh my heck must go to the store now and getting stuff it is our friend party at my house tonight I am so making these the kids will flip running right now!!!!!! thanks for all your cute ideas you make us all look so good to our friends.
Merry Christmas!!!!!!

December 21, 2009 10:26 AM
++MIRA++ said...

i’m loving that its not the typical red white and green! adorable.i love the confetti. sooo not too much

December 21, 2009 10:32 AM
Laura W said...

Very cute! You are so creative and PATIENT:)

December 21, 2009 10:49 AM
Laura C. said...

Once again you have out done yourself – these are adorable! I can’t imagine cutting through the cone without breaking the whole thing. Maybe I’ll give it a whirl…

December 21, 2009 10:52 AM
Cindy said...

Tres cute. So cute, I’d be afraid to eat them!

… but I still would :)

December 21, 2009 11:07 AM
Morgan Garrison said...

not to much, TOO CUTE!!!

December 21, 2009 11:07 AM
Leslie said...

They are adorable! You are so talented!

December 21, 2009 11:08 AM
Becky said...

i actually like these better than the one sitting right on the cupcake. too cute!!!

December 21, 2009 11:12 AM
Giselle Mordán said...

lovely, i’ll try this for Crhistmas Dinner

December 21, 2009 11:18 AM
Terri A. said...

Wow! I’d never have the patience for that, but I’m glad you do! These are beautiful!

December 21, 2009 11:21 AM
Tasha said...

Really sweet! I would love to hear what kind of camera you use. I am in the market for a new one, and need to know what will take great pics like yours! Any photo tips? Thanks!!!

December 21, 2009 11:22 AM
Rae said...

Dear Bonny Bakerella,
I love them, my dear. You did it again! Everything is cuter when it’s tiny. I was just telling PW (for her contest) that we don’t put up a Christmas tree but I may take that back becuase these tiny trees would be totally my thing. Does eating them constitute ‘taking down the Christmas tree’? If so, I may be doing that every day ’til Spring. I’m thinking instead of messing with fondant I will buy the “Fave Reds” box of Starbursts and cut them to different sizes for the gifts. Starbursts are moldable if you warm them for just a second.
You got me tree-d in NE

December 21, 2009 11:23 AM
Elaine said...

Oh so cute!

December 21, 2009 11:34 AM
Leslee said...

my first words when i saw these adorable treats was: ‘oh would you just please stop’!!!! i have no more time to do anymore baking but you keeping posting these MOST wonderful ideas! YIKES-how DO you do it? blessings and happy christmas to you! :)

December 21, 2009 11:38 AM
Kelly said...

amazingly too cute! you are inspiring~ where can i buy these J/K!!

December 21, 2009 11:42 AM
Yolanda said...

Totally in love with these. So cute and perfect for a winter baby or bridal shower, too. Or with just a little change in color, I can definitely see these at woodland-themed birthday party. I’m all around in love. You’re amazing.

Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2009 11:51 AM
Cyndy said...

These are gorgeous cupcakes! I think the next best talent you have besides being an artist is your patience. Cupcakes like these are not only gorgeous they were a time consuming event with an attention to detail. Nice job. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2009 12:06 PM
Danielle said...

Ugh, too cute!! I only say “ugh” because I’m jealous. Mine would look like sad little Charlie Brown tree cupcakes, and not in a cute “true spirit of Christmas” kind of way, but in the “eh, close enough, screw it” kind of way. :) Merry Christmas!!

December 21, 2009 12:10 PM
Torrie said...


December 21, 2009 12:12 PM
Wendy said...

So cute! Don’t tell Martha, but I like yours better!

December 21, 2009 12:14 PM
Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose said...

Perfect! I LOVE the presents and extra details! What a sweet Christmas treat!

December 21, 2009 12:23 PM
Janneke @ Orangenmond said...

This is sooo cute! Love it :)

December 21, 2009 12:46 PM
Catherine said...

Oh man, those are just too darn cute!

December 21, 2009 01:02 PM
Holly said...

These are too cute ! Thanks for all your inspiration….you’re amazing. Merry Christmas

December 21, 2009 01:09 PM
brenda said...

I love them. I like them better than Martha’s trees.

December 21, 2009 01:22 PM
Nicki C K said...

Absolutely ADORABLE, as always! You are so creative and such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2009 01:23 PM
Cathy Hutchinson said...

Sometimes in grocery stores I’ve seen mini cones. Now I’m going to start looking for them. That would help with the size of the cones, I’m not too adapt at cutting cones. Your cupcakes are just too cute!!! They inspire me to try new things!! Thank you!!

December 21, 2009 01:35 PM
Erin said...

Not to be mean but yours are way cuter than Martha’s! So flippin’ adorable!!

December 21, 2009 01:41 PM
Sue said...

I think they’re perfectly adorable!

December 21, 2009 01:44 PM
Ash said...

These are just the COOLEST!! I feel like they have been made by a who in Whoville!

December 21, 2009 01:57 PM
MarianaB said...

i´m a sprinkle lover!! these are too cute!
i think your sugar cones here are called “cucuruchos”.

December 21, 2009 01:58 PM
Raven said...

Absolutely ridiculously cute! Love!

December 21, 2009 03:15 PM
genevabear said...

they are Adorable!! Your creativity amazes me :)

December 21, 2009 03:47 PM
Amytacular said...

Too stinkin’ cute.

December 21, 2009 04:17 PM
Anonymous said...

love them

December 21, 2009 04:19 PM
Tara said...

If only to be inside of your head… Your creativity just amazes me.

December 21, 2009 04:19 PM
alejandra said...

I love bakerella. blessings

December 21, 2009 04:38 PM
Emily said...

Way too cute – as usual! :) Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2009 04:49 PM
Jenilee Fleetwood said...

TOO CUTE…hands down. And I love when people decorate with pastels instead of primary colors!! I’m crazy about them!

December 21, 2009 05:02 PM
heather said...


December 21, 2009 05:38 PM
Kay said...

Too cute! I don’t think I can resist from trying to make these.

December 21, 2009 05:47 PM
Seanna Lea said...

This is really cute. Of course, I think it would be really nifty to make a mix of cake balls up (maybe chocolate cake with peppermint-flavored frosting), fill the cone, and dip and decorate the entire thing. Maybe I’ll do that for Christmas!

December 21, 2009 05:55 PM
Tara L said...

NOT too Much at all!! I LOVE these. One of my favorite things so far!!!

December 21, 2009 06:06 PM
Deborah Rhodes said...

These are ADORABLE!! I love them! I’m not talented enough to make them, but I love them!

December 21, 2009 06:53 PM
Gayle Rogers said...

You are one creative genius.

December 21, 2009 07:57 PM
MMM said...

Super Cute!

December 21, 2009 08:43 PM
myrna said...

Your creations just make me smile a mile wide!

December 21, 2009 08:54 PM
Mary said...

These are just allll kind of cuteness!! Visit your site and LOVE your creations. I just have to get up the nerve to try one.

December 21, 2009 09:10 PM
Melissa said...

Cute! Love the presents. Looking forward to the next post. Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2009 09:27 PM
Kristin said...

SO. ADORABLE. I love your blog so much.

December 21, 2009 09:30 PM
Sherri M said...


December 21, 2009 09:50 PM
Tif said...

These are gorgeous! I want to come to all your parties! :)

December 21, 2009 10:10 PM
marlana said...

Too cute…no question about it.

December 21, 2009 10:25 PM
Higgy said...

Oh no, these must be made as soon as possible.
They are perfect right down to the last adorable sprinkle.

December 21, 2009 10:36 PM
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