Decorate your favorite cupcakes with one or all of these festive toppers.

December 14, 2018
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vanilla cupcakes with frosted christmas tree toppers
Credit: Steven Karl Metzer

Make any cupcake festive with one of these easy Christmas tree toppers.

Start by making your favorite cupcakes. I used Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing, the recipe makes 24 and the ingredients needed for the Christmas tree toppers are based on making 2 dozen. Adjust amounts if you want to make some of each Christmas tree topper rather than 24 of one kind. Bake and frost the cupcakes before making the toppers. I sprinkled coconut on the frosting because I love the flavor and because the coconut adds a great snow-like texture.

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cut strawberries with vanilla cupcakes in background
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1. STRAWBERRY TREES

What You Need:

24 strawberries
12 ounces white chocolate
Green food coloring
1-2 tablespoons rainbow nonpareil sprinkles
24 yellow mini chocolate-coated candies

Cut the stem end off each strawberry to create a flat surface.

hand dipping strawberries in green frosting
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Melt white chocolate and tint it with the green food coloring. Dip each strawberry in the chocolate and transfer to parchment paper. Add sprinkles and top each "tree" with a yellow chocolate-coated candy for the star.

strawberry christmas trees atop vanilla cupcakes
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Let chocolate cool completely, then transfer finished trees to cupcakes.

pretzel sticks laid out next to bowl of white chocolate
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2. SNOWY CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE TREES

What you need:

24 pretzel sticks
4 ounces white chocolate
1-2 tablespoons rainbow nonpareil sprinkles
24 yellow star sprinkles

drizzling white chocolate over pretzel sticks
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Place pretzel sticks on parchment paper, leaving several inches on either side. Melt white chocolate and transfer to a piping bag. Drizzle white chocolate over each pretzel stick in a zig-zag pattern to make a trees with the pretzel stick as the trunk.

pretzel christmas trees atop vanilla cupcakes
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Scatter sprinkles lightly over white chocolate. Let cool completely then transfer trees to cupcakes inserting the pretzel trunk into the center of the cupcake.

vanilla cupcakes next to pastry bag filled with green frosting
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3. EASY PIPED TREES

What you need:

2 cups buttercream frosting, dyed green
1-2 tablespoons rainbow jimmy sprinkles
24 yellow mini chocolate-coated candies

piping green frosted trees atop vanilla cupcakes
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Transfer buttercream to a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe a tall tree-shape on top of each cupcake (think of it like soft serve ice cream!)

vanilla cupcakes with green piped trees
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Decorate each tree with sprinkles and top with a candy-coated star.

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