Christmas tree cupcakes recipe

Joyful and triumphant; o’ come ye, o’ come ye to the dessert table. It’s not quite how the carol goes, but it works because if you follow this recipe, you’ll find adorable Christmas tree cupcakes just waiting to be eaten.

Christmas tree cupcake

The Christmas tree is probably the Christmas-iest of all Christmas things. It’s bright and green and joyous. In fact, it’s far too Christmassy to just be left in the corner. Spread its radiance to your dessert table by turning everyone’s favourite centrepiece into cute Christmas tree cupcakes with a rich chocolate centre and a velvety vanilla buttercream frosting.

Christmas tree cupcake recipe


  • 250 grams sugar
  • 250 grams plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • Pinch salt
  • 250 grams butter (at room temperature)
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence

Christmas tree cupcake recipe: Cupcake ingredients



Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.


Christmas tree cupcake recipe Step 2 mix dry ingredients

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt.


Christmas tree cupcake recipe Step 3 Add the butter and mix

Add the butter and mix. If you don’t have a dust guard, place a clean towel over the top of the bowl and use your mixer’s lowest speed setting.


Christmas tree cupcake recipe Step 4 Stop when the mixture turns crumbly

Turn the mixer off when the mixture turns crumbly.


Christmas tree cupcake recipe Step 5 Mix liquid ingredients

Add the eggs, Greek yoghurt and vanilla essence and mix them until they’re well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go.


Christmas tree cupcake recipe Step 6 Spoon the mixture into cupcake forms

Spoon the mixture into cupcake forms until they’re about half full.


Christmas tree cupcake recipe Step 7 Bake the cupcakes

Bake the cupcakes at 200 degrees C for 15-20 minutes. You can tell they’re ready when a wooden skewer comes out clean. Allow them to cool completely.

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