Easy Cupcake Decorating for Christmas

Wreath Cupcakes for Christmas

Ornament Cupcakes using mini M&M’s and Rolos!

Ornament Cupcake

The Story:

My mother always “wins.”

There we sit around the sparkly tree in the morning, eyeing the ribbons and bows and dumping out our stockings–My father, mother, brothers, me and the dog.  I open a present, then my mother, my brother Paul, then my mother, my brother Andrew, then my mother again… and so the pattern goes until she is drowning in wrapping paper and gifts galore.  Every year she complains about getting too many presents, telling us to save our pennies but every year nothing changes.  And I hope it never does.

So who “loses?” My father.  Mostly because anything he wants or needs he buys himself and anything we do get him, he returns.


Decorating cupcakes doesn’t have to be difficult! It doesn’t have to take a million different things either 🙂[end-story]

Easy Cupcake Decorating for Christmas

Easy Cupcake Decorating for Christmas


Easy Chocolate Cupcakes:
1 box Devil's Food cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 C. oil or melted butter
3/4 C. sour cream
3/4 C. milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Basic Buttercream:
1 C. butter, softened (or 1/2 C. butter and 8 oz. cream cheese)
3-4 C. powdered sugar
food coloring, if needed
peppermint extract, if needed (great for the "green" frostings)
mini M&M's, Rolos or Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Red fruit leather strips (Fruit by the Foot), or any other candies you want!


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix into a small bowl and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, oil, sour cream, milk and vanilla extract together.
4. Stir in cake mix.
5. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 16-20 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
6. Buttercream: Beat butter for 2 minutes. Slowly add in powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency.
7. Depending on which decoration you want to do, follow the photo instructions below!
Merry Christmas!

Keep it simple!  Just dye your frosting green, and use any “star” tip (open or closed) to make a Christmas Tree!  Use mini M&M’s as ornaments and regular sized yellow M&M’s for the stars on top!

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Want to get a little more fancy?  Try these out.  You’ll need Fruit by the Foot (I used the Target generic kind because they are a little more narrow), mini M&M’s and a star tip to make the “leaves.” I used an “open” star tip.  

Wreath Cupcakes

To make the cute bows, follow the photos below, the stuff is pretty sticky so the pieces easily stick together!

Fruit by the Foot Bows

I used some chocolate frosting as a “base” on the wreath cupcakes but that’s optional

How to make Wreath Cupcakes

Ornament Cupcakes!  I’ve seen these done in different ways, some people use Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Gum Drops, but I used Rolos!  And you can use colored frosting to pipe the decorations on, but mini M&M’s worked great for me (and it’s less messy). You could even do this same thing on frosted cookies 🙂 

Ornament Cupcakes

So easy and so cute

Ornament Cupcakes for Christmas

Did you miss my post on these cute Reindeer Cupcakes?  Nilla wafers, M&M’s and pretzels!  Click the photo for the “how-to” and directions!

reindeer cupcakes

Merry Christmas!

16 thoughts on “Easy Cupcake Decorating for Christmas

  1. 1
    dianna says:

    These are adorable. You are such a gem. I needed a few inspirations for a party this weekend!

  2. 2
    kiera says:

    they look adorable! i was thinnking of creating a christmas themed cupcake platter as a cute dessert for the kids and i can guarantee that both of these, along with the reindeer, will be featured!!!!

  3. 3
    K says:

    Lizzy you’re hilarious! Laughing as I type – love your blog – thanks so much for sharing with us!!

  4. 4
    Bailey says:

    omg these are SO cute!! i love them!

  5. 5
    Jackie Gibson says:

    Another super creation; lovely photos, too! Jackie

  6. 6

    So beautiful! I love it! kisses

  7. 7

    Can you please tell me where you can purchase the jelly bow and what is it called?

  8. 8
    Lois Murtagh says:

    Could i just ask what is powered sugar Please? Is it Icing sugar? We do a Voluntary 6-8 year old non Profit it’s for children from Special Needs to give the Parents a break. Were doing a Christmas Party and these buns look amazing, I would love to do them for the Party. Thanks Lois Murtagh

    • 8.1
      Happy Grandma GA says:

      Powdered sugar is 10X sugar OR also called Confectioner’s Sugar, found in the baking aisles of grocery stores. Found in a 1 pound box by Dominos OR in 2 pound bags by various makers. If you need a lot, you can get a 4 pound bag at the warehouse stores. Use this to make any frosting.

  9. 9
    Christina says:

    Can greek yogurt be substituted for the sour cream?

  10. 10
    DK says:

    How many cupcakes does this recipe make?

  11. 11
    Nikki says:

    You are so creative, Lizz!! I just found out about your blog today, and I am simply loving it 😀 I´m totally trying all these decorations on my X-MAS cupcakes.
    Greets from Argentina.

  12. 12

    Hi there! This blog post couldn’t bee written much better!Reading through
    this article reminds me of my prvious roommate! He constantly kdpt talking about this.
    I will forward this information to him. Fairly certain he’ll have a very good read.
    Thanks foor sharing!

  13. 13
    Vickie Brand says:

    Needed a quick idea for children’s church and these were great. I will pass them on to friends also. Thanks for the cute idea.

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