Give your cupcakes a festive sprinkle of fun with these Easy Christmas Cupcake Decorations!
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Your cupcakes will be the hit of the Holiday Party this year with these Easy Christmas Cupcake Decorations!
I’m always looking for easy ways to dress up my cupcakes and cakes. Easy is definitely key when we’re talking about cupcakes though. When I have 24 plus cupcakes to make decorations for I don’t want anything too detailed that’s going to take hours to make.
These Chocolate Christmas Trees and Snowflakes were easy to make…(once I worked out the kinks) and they made my cupcakes so festive. I really loved how the two looked together. Instead of having all of just one decoration sometimes it’s nice to have a variety.
I mentioned that I had some kinks to work out. Here are some of my recommendations when you make your decorations. Remember the key here is we want them to be easy right?
Let’s talk about the Snowflakes first. I used white chocolate chips to make mine which worked but next time I might try using Candy Melts. Getting the right consistency for piping the white chocolate chips was a little tricky. It was either too soupy or hardened and began to clump and clog my piping bag.
I did use candy melts for my Christmas Trees and it was definitely much easier to pipe. There were a couple things that I would change though. The trees were a bit more brittle than I would have liked. Try using a number 5 piping tip instead of a number 3 to make them stronger. Start the top of your tree no more than one inch above the top of the pretzel. The pretzel stick adds support so if you have too much of the candy above it it will just break when you pick it up.
Easy Christmas Cupcake Decorations
- 1 12 ounce bag Green Candy Melts
- 1 12 ounce bag White Candy Melts
- 24 Pretzel sticks
- 1 Tablespoon Rainbow nonpareils optional
- 1 container Sparkle Dust optional
- 2 Piping bags
Place a sheet of wax paper on a large cookie sheet or cutting board. Set aside.
- Melt about half of your bag of white candy melts (either over a double boiler or in your microwave) Be careful not to overheat. The trick is to keep stirring once they begin to melt. Do not add more heat. Be patient. Just keep stirring until they are all melted and smooth. ***You do not want any hard bits left or they will clog your piping bag.
- Fit your disposable piping bag with a number 3 piping tip and fill your bag with melted white candy melts.
- Begin to pipe your snowflakes onto your wax paper. Pipe a straight line down from top to bottom about 2 inches long. Pipe another line splitting your first line in half so it looks like a plus sign. Then pipe through diagonally from the top left to the bottom right and finish by piping from the top right to the bottom left. You should have eight points. At the tip of each point pipe a little v shape just like the picture of the snowflake. Sprinkle with a bit of the sparkle dust if desired to add a little sparkle to your snowflakes if desired. ***You need to do this before it hardens or it won't stick. Make 11 more snowflakes and let them sit until hardened. Mine hardened pretty quickly but you could place in the fridge to speed up the process if you want. I used an off set spatula to carefully separate the snowflake from the wax paper.
For the Christmas Trees
- Place a sheet of wax paper onto a large cookie sheet or cutting board and set aside.
- Melt about half of your green candy melts and save the rest for another project.
- Fit a disposable piping bag with a number 5 piping tip. Fill your bag with melted green candy melts. Pipe a dot of green melted candy onto your wax paper and place the tip of a pretzel stick onto it. Starting about one inch above your pretzel stick pipe a little upside down v for the tip of your tree then begin piping back and forth horizontally making your lines longer as you get to the base of your tree. Make sure you over lap your lines together so it will hold together and be a bit stronger. Leave about one inch of pretzel uncovered at the base to stick into your cupcake. Sprinkle with a bit of the rainbow nonpareils at this point while the candy melts are still wet so they can stick. Repeat to make 11 more trees and let harden. ***Wait until right before serving to place onto your cupcakes so that the pretzel does not get too soft. Also if you are traveling with these you may want to wait to put them on your cupcakes at the party to prevent breakage.
To really bring your Easy Christmas Cupcake Decoration over the top add a bit of coconut or White Cake Sparkles to the top of your cupcakes.
White Cake Sparkles are an edible glitter that will make your cupcakes glisten. It can be purchased at most stores that sell cake supplies. I’ve included the Amazon link to make it easy for you if you’d like to order from them.
I’d love to see how your decorations come out! Follow me on Instagram and use the #familytabletreasures to share your masterpieces with me!
Here are some of my favorite cupcake recipes for you to use your decorations on. Make sure you stop back tomorrow for the delicious Red Velvet Cupcake recipe that mine made there way on.