These fun Christmas tree cupcakes have a secret: there's an ice cream cone under there! That means you get to make a big splash at the holiday party with remarkably little stress. Just grab a few fun supplies, scoop up some shredded coconut and let it snow!
Christmas Tree Cupcakes
What you'll need:
- Cupcakes baked in festive liners (we used gold)
- Sugar waffle ice cream cones
- Green tinted buttercream
- Cream-colored buttercream
- Dried coconut shreds
- Small closed star piping tip
- Large plain round piping tip
- Piping bags
- Small sharp knife
- White edible luster dust (optional)
1. Make a Buttercream Base
Pipe a thin layer of cream-tinted buttercream on your cupcakes using a large plain round piping tip. This will be the snow covered "ground" of your cupcake.
2. Let It Snow
Dip and gently roll the top of your cupcake in a bowl full of dried coconut for a fake snow look. Set aside. (You can also amp this up by mixing white edible luster dust in with the coconut!)
3. Trim the Cone
Using a sharp knife, gently trim down a waffle cone. You'll want to make it small enough that the base doesn't cover your whole cupcake, so the layer of snow show around the edges.
4. Place the Cone
Gently nestle the trimmed ice cream cone into the center of your cupcake, making sure not to press too hard.
5. Pipe the Tree
Grab a piping bag fitted with a closed star tip (though you can use a leaf tip or even a grass piping nozzle if you prefer). Fill the bag with green buttercream and begin adding the boughs to your tree. Start at the very bottom and work your way around to the top so that the buttercream "foliage" layers over each row as you work upward.
Add any decorations you like to the top of your piped Christmas trees (think cute gingerbread star cookies or even small fondant angels). You can also keep it simple with a dusting of coconut snow.