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Christmas Tree Pull-Apart

Christmas Tree Pull-Apart

This recipe will make two decorative cupcake trees. A great dessert for a crowd or give one as a gift.

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1 hr
Prep Time
1 hr 50 min
Total Time



1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package white cake mix

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Water, as directed on package

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted

3 large Land O Lakes® Egg


6 cups powdered sugar

3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 tablespoon vanilla

5 to 6 tablespoons milk

2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa

Yellow and green food color


Decorator candies, gumdrops etc.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into 24 muffin pan cups; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine cake mix, brown sugar and cinnamon in bowl. Add water, 1/3 cup melted butter and eggs; beat at medium speed until ingredients are moistened. Beat at medium-high speed until well mixed.

  3. STEP 3

    Fill prepared muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake 18-23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine powdered sugar, 3/4 cup butter and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, gradually adding enough milk and scraping bowl often for desired spreading consistency.

  5. STEP 5

    Place 1/3 cup frosting in bowl; stir in cocoa for brown frosting. Frost 4 cupcakes with brown frosting; set aside. Place 1/3 cup white frosting in another bowl; tint with yellow food color. Spoon into small resealable plastic food bag; set aside. Tint remaining white frosting with green food color. Frost or pipe remaining 20 cupcakes with green frosting.

  6. STEP 6

    Arrange 10 green frosted cupcakes into tree-shape on flat surface or large flat platter for each tree; place 2 brown frosted cupcakes at base to form tree trunk.

  7. STEP 7

    Snip off small corner of yellow frosting bag. Pipe frosting in a light string design on tree. Decorate each tree as desired.

Nutrition (1 serving)

310 Calories
11 Fat (g)
50 Cholesterol (mg)
230 Sodium (mg)
50 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
2 Protein (g)
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