O Tannenbaum Cupcakes

How festive! This Christmas cupcake recipe is adorned with a frosted ice cream cone that looks just like an evergreen. Kids and adults alike will enjoy these single-serving Christmas desserts.

Oh Tannenbaum Cupcakes
Photo: Blaine Moats
Start To Finish Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 recipe Creamy White Frosting or two 16-ounce cans creamy white frosting or vanilla frosting

  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar

  • 12 Pine Cupcakes or other 2-1/2-inch cupcakes

  • 12 rolled sugar ice cream cones

  • Green and brown paste food colorings

  • White and/or green edible glitter or sprinkles

  • Small pearl candies or other small candies

  • Fresh thyme leaves (optional)*

Creamy White Frosting

  • 1 cup shortening

  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

  • 4 cup powdered sugar

  • 3 tablespoon milk

Pine Cupcakes

  • 1 package 2-layer-size white cake mix

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh rosemary


  1. In a large bowl mix Creamy White Frosting and powdered sugar. Spread a layer of frosting on each Pine Cupcake.

  2. Place an ice cream cone upside down on each cupcake.** Tint remaining frosting forest green with green and brown food coloring. Place green frosting in a large pastry bag fitted with a small open star tip. Starting at the bottom of the cones, pipe short bursts of frosting onto the cones to cover completely.

  3. Sprinkle edible glitter around rims of cupcakes. Decorate cones with pear candies and, if desired, thyme leaves. Makes 12 cupcake trees.

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.

Pine Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour twenty-four 2 1/2-inch muffin cups or line with paper bake cups. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, except stir in rosemary. Fill muffin cups and bake according to package directions for cupcakes. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely on wire racks.

*Test Kitchen Tip:

If you choose to use fresh thyme on your Christmas trees, you will probably want to remove the herb before eating the Christmas tree cone.

**Test Kitchen Tip:

If you prefer not to pipe frosting, use only 3 cups Creamy White Frosting or canned frosting. Frost cupcakes as directed in step 1. For step 2, tint the remaining frosting forest green with green and brown food coloring. Place green frosting in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave on 100 percent power (high) until smooth and melted but still a little thick. Holding each ice cream cone upside down over bowl, spoon melted frosting over outside of cone to coat completely, allowing excess to drip into bowl. Place coated cones, pointed sides up, on a wire rack set over waxed paper. Let stand until set. Place cones on top of cupcakes. Continue as directed in step 3.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

524 Calories
22g Fat
80g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 524
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 190mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 80g 29%
Total Sugars 66g
Protein 2g
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 23mg 0%
Fatty acids, total trans 2g
Folate, total 32.3mcg

*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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