Christmas Cupcakes

by Jamie on December 23, 2011

Image Credit: Tidy Mom

If you read My Baking Addiction on a regular basis, you are well aware of the fact that I am a lover of all things sweet – but cupcakes seems to be the confection that I enjoy experimenting with the most. There are so many flavors that can be incorporated into a cupcake, which is what makes it one of the most versatile desserts. Although you won’t find a recipe within this post, you will find some great links to some fantastic blogs.  I hope their insanely creative and festive ideas give you all the last minute inspiration you need!

I’d like to start my features with a Pine and Dandy Christmas Cupcakes from The Bite Size Baker.  This recipe starts with a chocolate cupcake baked in a festive liner, and dusted with powdered sugar. Adding holiday Christmas toppers such as snow-covered pine trees make these cupcakes have a vintage snow globe feel, that will make you all warm and fuzzy inside.  It’s always a bonus when you can take such a simple idea and create a picture-perfect dessert.

Next on the list are these beautiful Snowflake Cupcakes from Glorious Treats.  Chocolate cupcakes are covered in Vanilla Cream Cheese frosting and topped with unique royal icing snowflakes. These decadent chocolate cupcakes are finished off with white non-pareils and silver dragees that are reminiscent of an icy cold Winter’s day. The recipes for the chocolate cupcakes, Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting, and the royal icing snowflakes are included on  Glorious Treats.  These may be a bit more time consuming than some of the other featured cupcakes, but are definitely worth the effort.

Image Credit: Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Confessions of a Cookbook Queen has truly outdone herself with these charming Snowman Christmas Cupcakes.  You can virtually utilize any cupcake recipe that you wish; it’s the decoration that makes this holiday cupcake so unique. These snowman inspired cupcakes are created by assembling mini chocolate sandwich cookies dipped in white chocolate, mini-marshmallows, and attaching them to a lollipop stick. Food markers were used for the added details such as the buttons and eyes. These mini- cupcakes are incredibly creative and are certain to delight any holiday crowd.

Obviously, based on the multiple snowmen related features, I find snowmen to be very endearing, so when I saw these Snowmen Cupcakes from allyou.com, I was hooked. There is nothing more festive than plump little snowman faces with ear muffs!  I was actually quite shocked with this decorating idea, because as detailed as they looked, they entailed a simple assembly of sanding sugar, various candies and vanilla wafers. Pipe a thin line of frosting for the mouth and you had tasty snowmen that look way too good to eat.

Image Credit: i am baker

My next selection for the Christmas Cupcake Round-Up are these Tangled Christmas Lights Cupcakes from one of the most creative and talented bloggers that I know –  i am baker. I felt that these cupcakes definitely encompassed what most of us experience during our holiday decorating in such a whimsical manner. It never fails, as organized and neat as I think the lights have been stored, I always end up with a tangled mess that has me debating throwing them all away and just starting over and buying new ones. This cupcake is a fun interpretation of one of the many headaches of the holiday season is certainly one that can be appreciated by many!

There couldn’t be a holiday cupcake round up without some type of gingerbread inspired cupcakes. Although there seems to be many interpretations of this classic, holiday flavor combination – these Gingerbread Cupcakes from Tidy Mom were my absolute favorite. There was something about the pairing of spicy ginger cake with a creamy cinnamon cream cheese frosting that made me flip for these cupcakes.  And of course I couldn’t resist those adorable little gingerbread men garnishing the top.

It seems that my love for the cupcake has only grown fonder and my list of “must-do recipes” has increased since writing this post. I hope you enjoy experimenting with some of these recipes as much as I plan to! Happy Baking!


{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda December 23, 2011 at 11:49 am

Fabulous round up Jamie! I love that you included a fun and thoughtful commentary with each link… its so neat to see why you liked each dessert! Merry Christmas!

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Cookbook Queen December 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

Love all the adorable cupcakes!! Thanks for the feature, Jamie. Merry Christmas!!

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Ruth @ the tasty tRuth December 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

You’ve succeeded in making us drool once again! ;) These all look so delicious. Happy Holidays!

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Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } December 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Love, love all of your Christmas cupcakes – they are all so creative and cute! Hope you have a very happy holiday season!!

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Ann P. December 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Such awesome treats! You can tell so much love went into them. Although they are undeniably gorgeous, I think the love and care that they were made with is the best part about them!

Merry Christmas, Jamie. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas and delicious treats you posted this year! Looking forward to even more in the future :)

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Tickled Red December 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Now this is my kind of roundup…YUM! Merry Christmas darlin’ xoxo

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KariAnnM December 23, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Those snowmen are adorable! Great post! Merry Christmas!

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marla December 23, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Such a great round-up! I will pin this post right now :)

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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen December 23, 2011 at 6:59 pm

So adorable! I love snowmen too. Great roundup, very thoughtful! Have a Merry Christmas!

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Jo-Lyn's Cup Cakes N' Candies December 23, 2011 at 10:05 pm

great post and links!! Merry Christmas to You and yours from Me and mine!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers December 24, 2011 at 9:48 am

What beautiful cupcakes! The gingerbread ones are simply adorable! I want to make cupcakes, but there is the three of us, and there is no way that I could be around a bunch of cupcakes. I believe in wasting no food, so I would be eating them!! :) Happy Holidays to you!

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Candy December 24, 2011 at 10:50 am

I was looking for a gingerbread cupcake recipe all day and was so happy to look in my inbox and see your post. Thanks and Merry Christmas!!!

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Stefania December 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm

a very Merry Christmas to all of you :)

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Elizabeth December 24, 2011 at 2:32 pm

You can’t go wrong with gingerbread!

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chinmayie @ love food eat December 25, 2011 at 3:55 am

OMG! These are such pretty cupcakes :)

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Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com} December 25, 2011 at 9:37 am

Oh these are all too cute. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

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TidyMom December 30, 2011 at 8:36 am

Hope you had a wonderful holiday and wishing you a very Happy New Year Jamie!!

Thanks for featuring my Gingerbread cupcakes!!

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Jennifer November 15, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Your Gingerbread cupcakes look fantastic. Are you willing to share your secrets? I’d love to try to make them for a holiday party at work.

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Tracy December 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm

These cupcakes are so cute! Definitely putting them on my list for next year. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Jamie!!

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Cupcake Daily Blog November 26, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Mmmmmmmm…. Absolutely Lovely!!

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