Assorted Christmas cupcakes decorated with buttercream Christmas trees, Santa, and reindeer.

Easy Christmas Cupcakes

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes


Decorating Christmas Cupcakes has never been easier! Use this classic vanilla buttercream recipe in 8 fun and festive cupcake ideas, featuring Santa cupcakes, reindeer cupcakes, Christmas trees, and more!


For the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1 ½ cups (339 g) (3 sticks) unsalted butter, cold from the fridge
  • 5 cups (650 g) powdered sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons (12 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) heavy whipping cream (or milk)


  1. Back a batch of cupcake and cool completely.

For the b=Buttercream

  1. Cut the butter into pieces. Using the paddle attachment, whip the butter for 5-7 minutes, scraping down the bowl occasionally. Beat until the butter looks light in color.
  2. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix on low speed until incorporated into the butter. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine. Beat for about 60 seconds.
  3. Next, add an additional 2 cups of powdered sugar and beat on low speed until sugar is incorporated. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the last cup of powdered sugar along with the heavy whipping cream. Beat on low until the ingredients start to mix together. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for another 3-5 minutes to whip additional air into the frosting. Wait until your cupcakes are cool, then frost them as desired!



Nutrition Information:
1 cupcake
  • Category: Cupcakes
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American