16 easy Christmas cupcake ideas and decorations

Doing some baking this Christmas? If you don't fancy Christmas cake and figgy pudding, Christmas cupcakes are a quick and easy alternative They're great for parties, buffets and presents, and you can have a great time making them with the kids! See our fun ideas Christmas cupcakes...

Christmas jumper cupcakes
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We've got lots of easy Christmas cupcakes for you to choose from including our festive Rudolph cranberry cupcakes, impressive present cupcakes and many more - you're going to be spoilt for choice.

Whether you're making them as an edible homemade food gift (opens in new tab) or as the centerpiece at Christmas dinner (opens in new tab), we have plenty of Christmas recipes (opens in new tab) cupcake ideas to choose from that are sure to put a smile on everyone's faces during the festive season.

Opting for a cupcake recipe is a quick and easy alternative to the usual Christmas cake and figgy pudding. They're great for parties, buffets, and presents, and are the perfect activity to do with the kids over the Christmas holidays.

Christmas baking (opens in new tab) has never been easier. We've got the ideas and the recipes and all you have to do is make them. If you're in the mood for a challenge we've got some snowflake or Christmas pud cupcakes that are sure to keep you busy. Or if you want something easy peasy, we have starry chocolate or mini fruit cupcakes.

Browse through our collection of delicious, and easy Christmas cupcake recipes, ideas, and decorations...

Boozy Christmas cupcakes

Boozy Christmas cupcakes

These boozy Christmas cupcakes are for adults only! These cupcakes have a rich fruitcake base infused with brandy which is topped with a layer of sweet, sticky marzipan - we just can't get enough of them!

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Holly cupcakes

Holly cupcakes

Learn how to make edible fondant holly leaves for your cupcakes with this simple step-by-step picture recipe. You don't get more festive than holly, plus you can buy some nice Christmas themed cupcake cases too.

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Snowmen cupcakes

Snowmen cupcakes

Need to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays? They'll love helping to make these simple Christmas snowman cupcakes with marshmallows and fizzy laces. They're a simple, fun project to get stuck into.

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Gingerbread cupcakes

Gingerbread cupcakes

The delicious smell of ginger will fill the house when you make these gingerbread Christmas cupcakes. Top with a mini gingerbread man and a swirl of buttercream to spruce up your festive spread. They make a fab change from the standard gingerbread cookies!

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Christmad pud cupcakes

Christmad pud cupcakes

These Christmas pud cupcakes from goodtoknow's cupcake Queen Victoria Threader are packed with boozy fruit for a little taste of Christmas pud.

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Christmas star cupcakes

Christmas star cupcakes

We just love these Christmas star cupcakes as they're really easy to make and would make the perfect foodie gift for Christmas. These have edible gold glitter on them which makes them even more festive. So much so, that you almost won't be able to eat them, because they're so pretty.

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Snowflake cupcakes

Snowflake cupcakes

Victoria Threader's snowflake cupcakes will look beautiful on a cake stand at your Christmas party. Top your cupcakes with fondant icing patterned like snowflakes to get this lovely effect - the icing underneath can be any colour you like.

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Mince pie cupcakes

Mince pie cupcakes

Love mince pies? Why not try our naughty mince pies Christmas cupcakes? Made with real mincemeat in the cake AND in the buttercream icing, these cakes definitely taste like Christmas. Plus, they go great with mulled wine... yum!

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Christmas Rudolph cranberry cupcakes

Christmas Rudolph cranberry cupcakes

Filled with juicy cranberries and topped with a cute Rudolph fondant topper, these Christmas Rudolph cranberry cupcakes by our cupcake queen Victoria Threader are bound to put a smile on anyone's face.

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Cupcakes in a jar

Cupcakes in a jar

Here's a new idea: serve your cupcakes in a jar and they're instantly transformed into presents. See how it's done with our Christmas cupcakes in a jar recipe. They're a little unusual and a bit different to what you might normally bake, but that's why we love them.

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Present cupcakes

Present cupcakes

Giving homemade gifts this year? Turn cupcakes into pressies by topping with a fizzy lace bow. See our Christmas present cupcake for how it's done - they're little parcels of joy that we absolutely love (and so will everyone else!)

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Christmas mini fruit cupcakes

Christmas mini fruit cupcakes

Arrange these Christmas mini fruit cupcakes into a tree shape for the ultimate centre piece for your Christmas party. Dense and fruity, these bakes are full of flavour.

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Gingerbread cupcakes with clementine buttercream

Gingerbread cupcakes with clementine buttercream

Love gingerbread? Top gingerbread Christmas cupcakes with a clementine buttercream for an extra festive flavour. Victoria Threader shows you how in our simple step-by-step video.

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Sparkly cupcakes

Sparkly Christmas cupcakes

Who doesn't love a bit of sparkle at Christmas? Sprinkle these sparkly cupcakes with a dash of edible glitter and place in a gift box for an affordable but thoughtful present.

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Mincemeat cupcakes with coconut snow

Mincemeat cupcakes with coconut snow

These Christmas mincemeat cupcakes with coconut snow were created by our cupcake queen Victoria Threader. If you don't like coconut, you can also top them with grated white chocolate and sprinkles.

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Christmas jumper cupcakes

Christmas jumper cupcakes

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These Christmas jumper cupcakes would make the perfect food gift for friends and family. Imagine their faces when you tell them you made these cupcakes! Priceless...

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