Christmas Ornament Cupcakes

What better way to celebrate the holidays than with decorating cupcakes? These Christmas ornament cupcakes are too pretty to pass up.

Christmas Ornament Cupcakes in white boxes with tree ornaments
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Start To Finish Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 12 2.5 inch cupcakes in paper bake cups (any flavor)

  • 1 cup Creamy White Frosting or canned creamy white frosting

  • 12 ounce purchased white rolled fondant icing*

  • Desired colors paste food coloring**

  • Powdered sugar

  • Water or light-color corn syrup

  • 12 1.5 inch piece black licorice laces

  • 6 white gumdrops, halved

  • Luster dust (optional)

Creamy White Frosting

  • 1 cup shortening

  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

  • 4 cup powdered sugar

  • 3 tablespoon milk


  1. Spread tops of cupcakes with a thin layer of Creamy White Frosting. Set aside to dry.

  2. Divide white rolled fondant into several portions. If desired, leave one portion of fondant white. (Keep fondant covered with plastic wrap when not using.) Use a toothpick to add a small amount of food coloring to a each of the remaining portions of fondant. Knead fondant until color is evenly distributed.*** Add more food coloring as needed to get desired shade.

  3. On a flat surface lightly dusted with powdered sugar, roll out one portion of the fondant to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch cookie cutter or a sharp knife, cut out circles to fit tops of cupcakes. Place fondant circles on tops of frosted cupcakes, gently molding them over the edges of cupcake tops and smoothing the edges of fondant. Repeat with other colors of fondant, cutting out a total of 12 circles.

  4. Reroll scraps to 1/4-inch thickness or thinner. Use a fluted pastry wheel or knife to cut strips and a straw or pastry tip to cut dots or small circles out of the fondant scraps. Lightly moisten backs of strips and dots with water; attach them to fondant-covered cupcakes. To give cupcakes a three-dimensional effect, curve strips slightly.

  5. For ornament hangers, bend a licorice piece in half and insert ends into the top of a gumdrop half; attach hangers to cupcakes with frosting. If desired, brush cupcakes with luster dust for shine. Makes 12 (2-1/2-inch) cupcakes.

Creamy White Frosting

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening, vanilla, and almond extract with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Add 2 tablespoons of the milk. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar. Gradually add milk until frosting reaches a spreading consistency. Makes about 3 cups.

*Test Kitchen Tip:

Rolled fondant icing can be found in the cake decorating department of many hobby and crafts stores. Or, instead of the fondant icing, you can use rolled fruit leather in various colors.

**Test Kitchen Tip:

To achieve the colors shown in photo, for red fondant, combine pink and red-red paste food colorings. For the green fondant, combine leaf green and brown paste food colorings. For blue fondant, combine cornflower blue and sky blue food colorings.

***Test Kitchen Tip:

If you like, wear plastic gloves to keep from discoloring your hands.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

425 Calories
13g Fat
74g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 425
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 150mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 74g 27%
Total Sugars 60g
Protein 3g
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 52mg 1%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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