Christmas desserts can come in all shapes and sizes—from an over-the-top yule log cake to a plate of Christmas cookies. But if you're looking for something new to serve at your Christmas dinner this year (or you just want to give your friends a homemade Christmas food gift that's extra sweet), these Christmas cupcakes will make the season even merrier. Plus, decorating cupcakes with your kids makes for a fun Christmas activity. Get creative with the designs by using the inspiration ahead—there are colorful ornament cupcakes, Christmas wreath cupcakes, and even a cupcake that looks like a snowman!
Looking to add some wintery flavors to the mix? Here, you'll find seasonal ideas and holiday favorites like gingerbread, eggnog, peppermint, and caramel apple. For a cupcake that's as magical as the season itself, try the sugar plum fairy cupcakes inspired by The Nutcracker or pop open the bubbly for the champagne cupcakes that are worthy of a celebration. No matter which kind of cupcake you choose to bake, these Christmas treats are perfect for just about any holiday celebration. Plus, they'll look so cute on a plate for Santa. Want more sweet ideas? Check out our list of best Christmas cakes and Christmas cheesecakes.
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Caramel Apple Cupcakes
These sweet cupcakes are loaded with warm spices like nutmeg and ginger. Plus, the frosting is made with actual apple cider! To take it one step further, finish the treats with a good drizzle of caramel sauce.
Get Ree's Caramel Apple Cupcakes recipe.
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Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting
You don't have to have any fancy decorating skills for these peppermint-infused cupcakes. As Ree says, "They're just going to be eaten, anyway."
Get Ree's Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting recipe.
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Celebrate the holidays with a glass of champagne—and these festive champagne cupcakes! They'll turn any Christmas dinner into an elegant party.
Get the Champagne Cupcakes recipe.
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Christmas Ornament Cupcakes
Simple chocolate cupcakes are transformed into pretty ornaments just like on your tree! Get creative with the designs and make them your own.
Get the Christmas Ornament Cupcakes recipe at Preppy Kitchen.
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Coconut Snowball Cupcakes
Whether or not it snows on Christmas, these cupcakes will get you in the spirit of the season. They're filled with coconut cream and topped with shredded, toasted coconut for that snowy look.
Get the Coconut Snowball Cupcakes recipe at Taste and Tell Blog.
Your Cup of Cake
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Candy Cane Oreo Cupcakes
Peppermint and cookies 'n cream come together to make this family-friendly treat. There's also a secret ingredient that makes the cupcakes so easy to make.
Get the Candy Cane Oreo Cupcakes recipe at Your Cup of Cake.
Desserts and Drinks
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For a whimsical twist on tiramisu, try these coffee-infused cupcakes with all the same flavors. They even have a creamy mascarpone icing for the finishing touch.
Gimme Some Oven
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Christmas Tree Cupcakes
Practice your piping skills with these cute cupcakes featuring Christmas trees made with different piping techniques. They're great for beginner bakers!
A Full Living
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Blood Orange Chocolate Cupcakes
Seasonal citrus is the star of these wintry cupcakes. The blood orange juice is used in both the cupcake batter and in the frosting for a sweet and tangy flavor.
Get the Blood Orange Chocolate Cupcakes recipe at A Full Living.
The Girl Who Ate Everything
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North Pole Cupcakes
These cute cupcakes look crafty, but they're actually so easy to make! You can even use your favorite white cupcake recipe or boxed mix if you're in a pinch.
Get the North Pole Cupcakes recipe at The Girl Who Ate Everything.
A Cookie Named Desire
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Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes
These treats are everything you love about a warm and cozy pumpkin spice latte—in cupcake form! Enjoy with a cup of joe for the ultimate coffeehouse experience.
Get the Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes recipe at A Cookie Named Desire.
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All the warm, spiced flavors of a gingerbread cookie—in a light and airy cupcake form! Top them off with a maple buttercream frosting and gingerbread cookie for good measure.
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Dr Pepper Cupcakes
Warm pumpkin pie spices, dried cherries, and a hint of cocoa make this cupcake the ultimate winter dessert. You'll be making it for all your seasonal occasions.
Get Ree's Dr Pepper Cupcakes recipe.
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Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes
Inspired by a cozy coffee shop drink, these cupcakes are made with freshly brewed coffee and a java-spiked buttercream that'll give you a bolt of energy. Just like the drink, there’s a drizzle of caramel sauce over the top.
Get the Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes recipe.
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Christmas Light Cupcakes
These cute cupcakes will light up just about any Christmas party. The easy decoration uses candy M&Ms to look just like colorful Christmas lights on a string.
Get the Christmas Light Cupcakes recipe at Baked Bree.
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Cookies 'n' Creme Cupcakes
Everyone in the family will love getting a taste of The Mercantile Bakery's best-selling cupcake. It has a cookies and cream frosting that's loaded with crushed up cookies.
Get Ree's Cookies 'n' Creme Cupcakes recipe.
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Hot Chocolate Cupcakes
These wintery cupcakes are made with actual hot chocolate in the batter, then topped with a toasted marshmallow meringue. It doesn't get much cozier than that!
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These swirled cupcakes are so versatile—they can be topped with any frosting you like (vanilla, chocolate, or even marshmallow buttercream) then decorated with red and green sprinkles for a festive Christmas theme.
Get the Marble Cupcakes recipe.
Sugar and Soul
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Christmas Tree Cupcakes
You can use boxed cake mix to make these impressive Christmas tree-topped cupcakes even easier. But you'll be surprised by how simple they are to decorate, too.
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Chocolate Creme Cupcakes
These double chocolate cupcakes would make a great Christmas gift. Package them up with the recipe attached as a cute food gift for the chocolate-lover in your life.
Get Ree's Chocolate Creme Cupcakes recipe.
Your Cup of Cake
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Get the kids to help make these adorable reindeer cupcakes using pretzels, cookies, and candy eyes. Don't forget to give some of them a red nose for Rudolph!
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Tri-Color Christmas Cupcakes
These red, green, and white marbled cupcakes also have a hint of peppermint flavor to make them extra wintry. Top them off with a swirled frosting for even more colorful fun.
Garnish and Glaze
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Transform this popular Christmas cookie into a deliciously moist Christmas cupcake. It's packed with the same cinnamon-sugar flavor you know and love.
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Basic Chocolate Cupcakes
This classic chocolate cupcake recipe can be used in so many ways throughout the holiday season. Top it with your favorite Christmas sprinkles or festive candies—the options are endless!
Get Ree's Basic Chocolate Cupcakes recipe.
Brown Sugar Mama
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White Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream Frosting
If you like candy canes, you'll love this minty dessert that has a touch of peppermint extract in the buttercream and crushed candy canes on top!
Get the White Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream Frosting recipe at Brown Sugar Mamma.
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Holly Christmas Cupcakes
Practice your piping skills with this impressive cupcake topped with holly leaves made from piped candy melts. It's easier than it looks!
Get the Holly Christmas Cupcakes recipe at Delicious Everyday.
Little Sunny Kitchen
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Make these "melting" snowmen on Christmas Day or any snow day for that matter. They're made from marshmallows, so they taste as good as they look.
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Italian Cream Cupcakes
Ree Drummond isn't a huge fan of coconut-flavored desserts, but when it comes to these Italian cream cupcakes, she admits that they're totally dreamy. There's shredded coconut in every bite!
Get Ree's Italian Cream Cupcakes recipe.
House of Nash Eats
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Red Velvet Cupcakes
Simple red velvet cupcakes can be served all year-round! But for Christmas, try decorating them with red and green sprinkles.
Sally's Baking Addiction
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Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes
These Nutcracker-inspired cupcakes have a hint of warm spices, but when it comes to the topping, it's all about the sweets—gum drops, peppermints, snowflake cookies, and more.
Get the Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes recipe at Sally's Baking Addiction.