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12 Easy and Fast Christmas Cupcakes

Updated on June 21, 2017
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Quick Decorating!

Need Christmas cupcakes fast? This article gives you 12 cute and easy decorating ideas you can do from candies and ingredients you may already have.

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Christmas Oreo Cupcakes with Easy Chocolate Frosting: See directions below.White Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes (coat with melted white chocolate, sprinkle on crushed candy canes and then stick a small candy cane on top--easy and my husband loves these!)White Chocolate Oreo: Follow the directions below, but use white chocolate or else white white icing.Melted Chocolate. Step One:  Melt candy chocolate for 1 minute in microwave or melt ready made frosting for 10 seconds. Or use my truffle frosting: 1 cup chocolate chips 1 TB butter and 1 TB milk or cream.Dip cupcakes into the chocolate or frosting and swirl until covered (so easy!). Lift them up and they will have a wonderful smooth glaze! Put an oreo on top.  I found these Christmas Oreos with red frosting insides and Christmas pictures on top (but they taste like ordinary Oreos).So easy for kids to make!  We made these for my daughter's class.
Christmas Oreo Cupcakes with Easy Chocolate Frosting: See directions below.
Christmas Oreo Cupcakes with Easy Chocolate Frosting: See directions below. | Source
White Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes (coat with melted white chocolate, sprinkle on crushed candy canes and then stick a small candy cane on top--easy and my husband loves these!)
White Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes (coat with melted white chocolate, sprinkle on crushed candy canes and then stick a small candy cane on top--easy and my husband loves these!) | Source
White Chocolate Oreo: Follow the directions below, but use white chocolate or else white white icing.
White Chocolate Oreo: Follow the directions below, but use white chocolate or else white white icing. | Source
Melted Chocolate. Step One:  Melt candy chocolate for 1 minute in microwave or melt ready made frosting for 10 seconds. Or use my truffle frosting: 1 cup chocolate chips 1 TB butter and 1 TB milk or cream.
Melted Chocolate. Step One: Melt candy chocolate for 1 minute in microwave or melt ready made frosting for 10 seconds. Or use my truffle frosting: 1 cup chocolate chips 1 TB butter and 1 TB milk or cream. | Source
Dip cupcakes into the chocolate or frosting and swirl until covered (so easy!).
Dip cupcakes into the chocolate or frosting and swirl until covered (so easy!). | Source
Lift them up and they will have a wonderful smooth glaze!
Lift them up and they will have a wonderful smooth glaze! | Source
 Put an oreo on top.  I found these Christmas Oreos with red frosting insides and Christmas pictures on top (but they taste like ordinary Oreos).
Put an oreo on top. I found these Christmas Oreos with red frosting insides and Christmas pictures on top (but they taste like ordinary Oreos). | Source
So easy for kids to make!  We made these for my daughter's class.
So easy for kids to make! We made these for my daughter's class. | Source

Decorating Ingredients

Here are some of the ingredients you can buy or maybe even have in your cupboard at Christmas time:

  1. Canned icing
  2. Food Coloring or Frosting Creations Color and Flavor by Duncan Hines
  3. Christmas M&M's
  4. Mini candy canes or crushed peppermints
  5. Christmas themed Oreos and other cookies
  6. Foil wrapped candies like Rolos, Santas, or Hershey's Kisses
  7. Red and green sprinkles
  8. Mini marshmallows
  9. Chocolate chips
  10. Coconut
  11. Ice cream cones
  12. Red and green ribbon candy
  13. Pretzels

12 Quick and Easy Ideas

  1. Red and Green Polka Dots: Put 5-6 Red and Green M&M's on top of the white frosting (or use green frosting and red M&M's). This is so easy but always looks great when serving on a plate or in a tower.
  2. Wreath of M&M's: Use green M&M's on white frosting for a wreath and use red stripe candy or licorice to tie a bow.
  3. Sprinkles and Candy Cane: Frost with white frosting and sprinkle with red sprinkles. Stick a mini candy cane on top.
  4. Christmas Oreo: On a white cupcake, put on a Holiday Oreo and then put red and green M&M's around it.
  5. Red and Green Sprinkles: Put sprinkles in a bowl and dip the cupcakes in them upside down. You can do half of your cupcakes red and the other green, or be fancier and try for 1/2 red and the other 1/2 green.
  6. Blue and Silver: For a super easy fancy decorating, dip white frosting in blue sprinkles and top with a silver Hershey's Kiss. Or if you want silver on silver, get silver sprinkles.
  7. Chocolate and Gold: Make everyone's mouth water by frosting with chocolate and putting on a Ferrero Rocher, Godiva, or Rolo on top.
  8. Santa: Buy some miniature Santa chocolates or cookies and put those on top of the chocolate frosting, or on one frosted with Red or Green. You can either buy a mall whole Santa, or inexpensive Santa Faces that are round and are often available at Walmart or drugstores. Or make your own Santa face by using Red sprinkles at the top for the hat, with mini-marshmallows for the beard and around the hat and M&M's or chocolate chips for the eyes. Red hots make a great nose.
  9. Ornament: Frost in Red, Green, Yellow, Blue or other vibrant colors. Make these into ornaments by adding strips of fruit roll-up, licorice, mini M&M's, colored marshmallows or other small candies to make stripes and dots. Then make the top of the ornament by putting an upside down Rolo candy, and upside down mini Reese's, a Cheerio, or a strip of flavored licorice made into a loop.
  10. Snowman: Frost with white, then dip in coconut (optional). Add chocolate chip or brown M&M's for eyes and mouth. Use an upside down candy corn, orange M & M or slice of Orange gumdrop for the nose. You can also make a Snowman by putting two large marshmallows on top, using a Reese's for the hat and mini M&M's for the eyes, mouth and nose (attach with frosting), and pretzels for arms (this takes a bit longer and is harder to keep together).
  11. Reindeer: Frost with chocolate, use half a large pretzel, or a mini pretzel for the ears, and a red candy like an M&M or a cherry for the nose. Use squished marshmallow with a dark M&M inside for eye, or you can use upside down chocolate chips.
  12. Christmas Tree: Frost an ice cream cone green (you can use the dipping method). Put on some mini M&M's for ornaments. Stick the cone on top of white frosted cake and you have a cute and impressive, but quick treat.

Fast Frosting

This year, I discovered an even faster way to frost by dipping the tops into melted chocolate (or melted frosting or melted truffle mix). This cut down the time for all the decorating to about 15 minutes!

  1. Take any flavor canned icing and put in the microwave for about 15 seconds on high.
  2. If you want red, green or yellow icing, put in 3-5 drops of food coloring and stir, or for color and flavor, use the Duncan Hines Frosting Creations (my kids really loved the mint chocolate and strawberry).
  3. Stir and if melted enough, it should drip easily from your spoon. If not, put in for another 5-10 seconds.
  4. Take cupcakes and turn upside down into the frosting. Turn until the whole top is covered.
  5. Lift out and set down on serving plate.
  6. Place candies and cookies on top while frosting is still melted. As it cools the frosting will set.

Classroom Cupcakes in Under an Hour

Start to finish, I can usually make a whole classroom of cupcakes in about 45 minutes to an hour. That's almost as fast as going to the store and buying them. Fast enough that you can make these in an emergency like when your kids tell you the night before you need to bring them to school!

Do you have any fast and easy decorating ideas? Please share them with us in the comments!

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    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      These look great. Ready for a party in no time!

      Voting you UP and useful.

    • zzron profile image

      zzron 5 years ago from Houston, TX.

      I'm not a kid but I have to say all of this looks really good.

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