Christmas Tree Cupcakes
60 min
1 hr 20 min



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

2/3 cup buttermilk  

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted

3 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

1 cup mini real semi-sweet chocolate chips, if desired


5 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

5 to 6 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Half & Half

Green food color


12 ice cream sugar cones

1/2 cup white sanding sugar  

Small semi-sweet chocolate nonpareils, if desired

Large star-shaped decorator sprinkles


 *Substitute 2 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice and enough milk to equal 2/3 cup. Let stand 5 minutes. **Substitute your favorite color sanding sugar or sparkling decorator sugar.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

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

  2. STEP 2

    Combine all cupcake ingredients in bowl except chocolate chips; beat at medium speed until well mixed. Stir in mini chocolate chips, if desired.

  3. STEP 3

    Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling 2/3 full. Bake 18-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely. (Set 12 cupcakes aside for another use.)

  4. STEP 4

    Combine powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter and vanilla in bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often and gradually adding corn syrup and enough half & half for desired spreading consistency. Divide frosting in half. Frost 12 cupcakes with white frosting.

  5. STEP 5

    Tint remaining half of frosting with green food color, as desired; beat at medium speed until smooth. Place sanding sugar in wide shallow bowl.

  6. STEP 6

    Frost ice cream cones by placing 2 fingers into cone; frost cone with green frosting. Immediately roll frosted cone in sanding sugar to coat; place in center of frosted cupcake. Place small chocolate nonpareils around trees, if desired. Place decorator star onto top of each cone. Cover with plastic food wrap until serving time.


17Fat (mg)
55Cholesterol (mg)
280Sodium (mg)
93Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
4Protein (g)


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