25 Christmas Cupcake Ideas 2022

Looking for Christmas dessert ideas with a twist? Check out these gorgeous Christmas cupcake ideas

In my opinion, cupcakes make a wonderful dessert idea for Christmas. Think about it, Christmas celebrations are always rushed. But the beauty of cupcakes is you can make them the day before, meaning you can enjoy the celebrations knowing dessert has already been taken care of.

Also, those with little ones know, Christmas is really about the kids. And kids LOVE cupcakes. Better yet, many of these cupcake recipes are easy enough that big kids will be able to make them. Get them to make these as their teacher’s Christmas gift ideas this year and take another thing off your plate this holiday season.

Whether you’re a wiz in the kitchen, or a beginner baker, there is a cupcake idea here you you. Side note, if you’re looking for other non-traditional holiday baking ideas, check out my cranberry macarons, chai macarons – both recipes are great alternatives to the traditional Christmas cookie.

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Gingerbread & Molasses Cupcakes

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Molasses Ganache Filling and Vanilla Buttercream
You'll love these sweet and heavily spiced gingerbread cupcakes made with the classic spices (ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves), plus lots of molasses. Each cupcake is then generously frosted with the creamiest vanilla buttercream frosting and topped with cute little gingerbread men. How gorgeous!
Check out these ginger bread & molasses cupcakes

Reindeer Cupcakes

Reindeer cupcakes
Check out this tutorial for gorgeous little reindeer buttercream cupcakes.
Reindeer cupcake recipe

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcake with orange buttercream topped with dried orange slice
Chocolate Orange Cupcakes
Rich chocolate cupcakes topped with creamy orange buttercream. Add a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to the frosting to give these cupcakes a real festive kick.
Chocolate Orange Cupcakes
Chocolate cupcake with orange buttercream topped with dried orange slice

Polar Bear Paw Print Cupcakes

Polar Bear Paw Cupcakes
How cute are these polar bear paw print cupcakes. They're chocolate cupcakes, topped with vanilla icing, peppermint patties, and fake snow coconut. You're kids will love these xmas cupcakes.
Polar bear cupcake tutorial

Ginger Bread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
These gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are an ideal treat for any festive gathering! Soft and moist sponge, flavoured with aromatic spices, topped with delicious, sweet, rich and tangy cream cheese frosting, gingerbread biscuits, and your favourite festive sprinkles!
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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Easy Snowman Cupcakes

Snowman Cupcakes
These cupcakes will be star of Christmas 2022. Snowman cupcakes with vanilla frosting and marshmallows will put a smile on everyones face. This is a super easy tutorial and a great dish to get the kids involved in.
Learn to make snowman cupcakes

Grinch Cupcakes

Grinch Cupcakes
Everyone's favourite Christmas story in a cupcake form. These Grinch cupcakes take Christmas to the next level, each cupcake has a cute little heart inside. You be the judge whether it's two sizes too small.
Grinch cupcake recipe

Caramel Whiskey Cupcakes

Whiskey Cupcake Square
Whiskey Cupcakes
Warm your soul this Christmas Eve with these delightful caramel whiskey cupcakes. Soft moorish chocolate cupcakes, filled with whiskey infused caramel and topped with smooth whiskey caramel buttercream. These xmas cupcakes will win your heart.
Whiskey cupcake recipe
Whiskey Cupcake Square

Easy Reindeer Cupcakes

Easy Rudolph Cupcakes
These adorable reindeer cupcakes are surprisingly easy to make and another great cupcake decorating activity to keep the kids busy this holiday season.
Easy Rudolph cupcake recipe

Peppermint White Chocolate Cupcakes

Peppermint White Chocolate Cupcakes
Check out these homemade candy cane cupcakes. This recipe for Peppermint White Chocolate Cupcakes are to die for. They're festive, easy to make and perfect for the holidays
Peppermint cupcake recipe

Eggnog Cupcakes

Eggnog Cupcakes
It wouldn't be Christmas without eggnog. Unless of course you had eggnog cupcakes. Delicious!
Eggnog cupcake recipe

Christmas Light Cupcakes

Easy Christmas Lights Cupcakes
Get the whole family into the christmas spirit with these festive light cupcakes. The kids will love drizzling the black gel and adding m&m lights. This is a great option for beginner bakers and those of us low on time during the holidays.
Christmas light cupcake tutorial

Maple Bacon Cupcakes

Cupcake with maple syrup frosting decorated with candies bacon
Maple Bacon Cupcakes
Warm your heart with these maple bacon cupcakes. Each cupcake is loaded with crispy bacon bits and topped with smooth and creamy maple frosting. This recipe uses ermine maple frosting, meaning it's full of real maple syrup and full of real flavor.
Maple bacon cupcake recipe
Cupcake with maple syrup frosting decorated with candies bacon

Spiced Christmas Cupcakes

Spiced Christmas Cupcakes with Marzipan Frosting
These spiced Christmas cupcakes feature a light, crisp, spiced sponge and a moreish white chocolate marzipan icing. A great gift idea or perfect for Christmas bake sales.
Spiced xmas cupcake recipe

Biscoff Cupcakes

Biscoff Cupcakes
These delicious Biscoff Cupcakes have a super light and fluffy crumb and are topped with a luscious Biscoff Cream Cheese Frosting.
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Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Christmas Tree Cupcakes
This festive and fun Christmas tree cupcakes recipe make a great treat for the holidays. Featuring moist, fluffy homemade chocolate cupcakes and tutorial for homemade Christmas Tree cupcake toppers made from pretzel sticks, candy melts and sprinkles.
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Vegan Tiramisu Cupcakes

Vegan Tiramisu Cupcakes
Incredible vegan tiramisu cupcakes with an easy vanilla cupcake, coffee soak, espresso fudge filling and coffee frosting. Christmas is a time when we often find ourselves cooking for those with different dietary requirements, if you're looking for vegan options the team at Rainbow Nourishments have you covered. I love this recipe, it's light on the planet, and easy on the tummy too.
Tiramisu Cupcake recipe

Abstract Rudolph Cupcakes

Reindeer Cupcakes for Christmas
Learn to make these easy reindeer cupcakes, they're a different take on the classic reindeer theme. Made by adding easy gum paste reindeer antlers to any plain cupcake, they'll make a show stopping Christmas dessert.
Reindeer cupcake tutorial

Gingerbread & Egg Nog Cupcakes

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Eggnog Buttercream
Gingerbread Cupcakes, plus eggnog – could these cupcakes get any more christmassy? These buttercream frosting cupcakes are made from scratch and make a great handheld non-cookie treat for your holiday party this year!
Gingerbread cupcake recipe

Snowflake Cupcakes

Snowflake Cupcakes
Celebrate the holidays with these cute snowflake cupcakes. This tutorial includes a free snowflake template, to help you make these chocolate snowflakes.
See the tutorial

Easy Grinch Cupcakes

Grinch Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting
Check out these Grinch Cupcakes, made with a creamy Peppermint Frosting and topped with an adorable “Whoville” tree! The kids will love these grinch themed cupcakes.
Get the grinchy cupcake recipe

Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream
These hot chocolate cupcakes are topped with a delicious marshmallow buttercream and made to look like little cups of hot cocoa! With a candy cane handle and mini marshmallows on top, these are so fun for the holidays.
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Quick & Easy Gingerbread Cupcakes

Gingerbread Cupcakes
These homemade cupcakes are quick and easy to make, and the scent of them in the oven will fill your kitchen with holiday goodness. With just the right amount of spice, and a light and fluffy texture, your family and friends will love these cupcakes!
Gingerbread cupcake recipe

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Tree Forest Winter Cupcakes
These snow topped winter forest cupcakes are incredibly easy to assemble, great for anyone looking to throw christmas dessert together during the busy holiday season. I love that these cupcakes bring the festive feeling with rosemary and icing sugar instead of food color. This is another great option for getting the kids involved in too.
Christmas tree cupcakes

Pistachio Santa Hat Cupcakes

Pistachio Cupcakes with Vegan Buttercream Santa Hats
Nutty pistachio cupcakes topped with vegan buttercream frosting Santa hats! Vegan and gluten free, these festive Christmas cupcakes perfectly Grinch-y!
Pistachio cupcake recipe

I hope you loved these Christmas cupcake ideas. For more cupcakes and recipes this holiday season, be sure to check out recipes and round ups below!

Happy baking

Kylie x

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