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Simple Vanilla Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Here's a really fun cupcake recipe to make for the holiday season. These Simple Vanilla Christmas Tree Cupcakes are so moist and delicious with the fluffiest buttercream frosting. Bake up a batch for family and friends and enjoy!
Course Christmas Desserts, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword buttercream frosting, Christmas, Christmas Desserts, cupcakes, holiday recipes
Servings 12 cupcakes


  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/8 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2-3 drops green gel food coloring
  • Christmas sprinkles and nonpareils
  • star sprinkle for top of tree


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

    In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

    In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar for 1-2 minutes, until light and fluffy.

    Add eggs, vanilla, and sour cream, mix again until just combined.

    Spoon the cupcake batter into the cupcake liners, fill them a little over ½ way full.

    Bake 17-18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

    Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and food coloring.

    Slowly add powdered sugar, mixing well to combine.

    Mix in additional green food coloring, if needed to reach desired shade of green frosting.

    Once the cupcakes are cooled, frost them generously creating your tree shape as you go up.

    Top with a star sprinkle and additional red, white, and green nonpareils.