Last week, I did a holiday entertaining segment on KTLA and I shared this Christmas tree cupcake topper tutorial. This is a perfect holiday recipe because it is so easy to make at home and you don’t need to be an expert at making candy or baking to create these adorable candy Christmas trees.
What is a Cupcake Topper
A cupcake topper can be paper, plastic, or, in this case, edible. If you’re looking for something that’s removable, you can find cute holiday cupcake toppers here. A lot of these options are made of paper with a toothpick in the middle. They are used to decorate the top of the cupcake depending on the holiday you’re celebrating.
There are also edible cupcake toppers, which is exactly what these pretzel Christmas trees are. They work just like a paper cupcake topper because the pretzel acts as a toothpick would.
Christmas Cupcake Topper Ideas
Although I think these Christmas tree cupcake toppers are the cutest idea, if you’re looking for other ideas, here are a few I love.
1. Turn your cupcakes into Santa Hats (or like my Santa hat brownie bites)
How to Make Christmas Tree Cupcake Toppers
If you want to make these cute Christmas tree candy cupcake toppers for yourself, it is so easy to do. All you need is a bag of pretzels, some green candy melts, some sprinkles, a plastic sandwich bag, and candy stars. Then, you can follow the simple recipe directions, let the trees dry, and stick then right into your cupcakes.
Christmas Tree Cupcake Topper
How to make these easy edible Christmas Tree Cupcake Toppers right at home in minutes.
- Bag of Green Candy Melts
- Bag of Stick Pretzels
- Sprinkles and Stars (optional)
- Vanilla Frosting
- Sweetened Shredded Coconut
- Plastic Storage Bag
- Melt candy melts until smooth.
- Add the candy melts to a plastic bag and cut a tiny cut in the corner of the bag.
- Lay out the parchment paper and line with pretzel sticks.
- Zigzag the candy melts over the pretzels to make the tree shape.
- Add sprinkles, if desired
- Let dry completely, then flip over and zigzag on the back of the pretzel so both sides have a tree shape.
- Allow to dry completely before sticking into cupcakes.
- For cupcakes, if you use store-bought, shape the frosting and then coat with coconut flakes.
Plastic Storage Bag
fMelt candy melts until smooth. Add the candy melts to a plastic bag and cut a tiny cut in the corner of the bag. Lay out the parchment paper and line it with pretzel sticks.
Zigzag the candy melts over the pretzels to make the tree shape. Add sprinkles, if desired. Let dry completely, then flip over and zigzag on the back of the pretzel so both sides have a tree shape. Allow drying completely before sticking them into cupcakes.
For a major shortcut, you can buy store-bought cupcakes. I did. I got vanilla cupcakes with white icing. Then, I removed the sprinkles that were on the cakes, spread out the frosting a bit, and then rolled the frosting in shredded coconut to create that snowy effect on the cupcakes. Then, once the trees were dry, I put one into each of the cupcakes for the finished effect. I think this Christmas tree cupcake topper recipe turned out so cute and I know this would be a fun dessert to serve this holiday season.
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