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This holiday season is the perfect time to gather the family in the kitchen and bake, bake, bake!

You’ll get everyone in the holiday spirit when you serve these gingerbread house cupcakes and snowglobe cupcakes or any of these 21 creative Christmas cupcake ideas that add a magical touch to any dessert table.

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Christmas Tree Cupcakes

1. Cupcake Christmas Tree

From Anita Singh

Looking for a centerpiece for your holiday party dessert table? Look no further.

This cupcake Christmas tree is easier to make than you think!

Would you believe toothpicks and a foam cone are the top secret items needed to create this masterpiece?

Gingerbread House Cupcakes

2. Gingerbread House Cupcakes

From A Little Bit of Silliness Really

Would you ever think to set a mini gingerbread house on top of a cupcake?

These gingerbread house cupcakes area absolutely precious.

They bring all the fun of decorating gingerbread and a delicious cupcakes into one fun treat.

Snowman Cupcakes

3. Snowman Cupcakes

From All You

Is there anything cuter than snowman cupcakes wearing earmuffs made from Vanilla Wafer Cracker Cookies and Christmas colored sanding sugar?

We don’t think so! These cupcakes make us smile.

Elf Hat Cupcakes

4. Elf Hat Cupcakes

From Party City

These elf hat cupcakes are so creative!

Transform a sugar ice cream cone into an elf’s signature hat with a little bit of frosting, sanding sugar and Air Heads candy.

Don’t forget the gumball on top.

Ornament Cupcakes

5. Ornament Cupcakes

From Cakes Decorating

While you won’t be hanging these on your Christmas tree, these ornament cupcakes are definitely festive and unique.

These Christmas bulbs will sparkle and shine on your dessert table this December.

See how many different designs you can create with your festive treats.

Snowglobe Cupcakes

6. Snow Globe Cupcakes with Gelatin Bubbles

From SugarHero!

While the cupcakes can be homemade or store bought, what makes these snow globe cupcakes so show stopping are the beautiful gelatin globes on top.

These are sure to be the talk of your next holiday gathering.

While they might take some time to get just right, your hard work will definitely pay off.

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

7. Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

From SheKnows

Cupcakes that look like mugs of hot chocolate? While these may not warm you up the same way, they’ll still taste great!

They’re also super easy to make.

These are made by adding miniature candy cane handles and topping them with “whipped cream” frosting, mini marshmallows and some holiday sprinkles.

Snowman Face Cupcakes

8. Snowman Cupcakes

From One Little Project

Sometimes the simplest things result in the cutest results! Take these snowman cupcakes for example.

They are just basic white frosted cupcakes dipped in crystalized decorating sugar and embellished with mini chocolate chip eyes and mouths and a butterscotch chip nose.

But, how cute are they?

Santa Feet Cupcakes

9. Santa Cupcakes

From Sugar Siren Cakes Mackay

Uh oh. Santa has fallen, and he can’t get up! These cute Santa cupcakes show cute little Santa feet sticking out of a snow bluff! How cute!

Grinch Christmas Cupcakes

10. The Grinch Christmas Cupcakes

From Living Locurto

Invite “The Mean One” to your dessert table by making these awesome Grinch Christmas cupcakes.

All you really need is frosting in Grinch colors (although yellow candy eyes can simplify the process)!

Even though the Grinch isn’t known for his Christmas spirit, these will definitely bring some Christmas cheer to the dessert table.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cupcakes

11. Rudolph the Reindeer Cupcakes

From Ohh La La Dessert Boutique

Besides being oh-so-cute, these Rudolph the reindeer cupcakes are oh-so-easy to make.

Just combine whipped chocolate mousse topping or brown frosting with a shiny gumball for the nose and some pretzel antlers.

Festive, simple, and fun.

Santa Hat Cupcakes

12. Santa Hat Cupcakes

From Midget Momma

Everyone will want one of these Santa hat cupcakes.

Easily making them with frosting and a round and star pastry tip.

With simple decorations, these will bring some Christmas cheer to your kitchen.

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

13. Christmas Tree Cupcakes

From Preppy Kitchen

What could be more Christmassy than Christmas tree cupcakes?

You’ll be surprised by how easy it is to make these beauties using a star frosting tip and sugar cones.

Add some decorations to your trees by using colorful sprinkles or maybe add some little stars on top.

North Pole Cupcakes

14. North Pole Cupcakes

From Jenny Cookies

Add a little printable North Pole sign to some peppermint sticks with a red candy frosted on top and you’ve got North Pole cupcakes.

No one will have to guess what these decorations for for with your little signs.

Some sugar dusted on top helps give the look of fresh snow to the frosting.

Marshmallw Snowman Cupcakes

15. Marshmallow Snowmen Cupcakes

From Launa at Cake Central

Piles of frosting snow with the cutest little marshmallow head on top make these snowmen cupcakes deliciously cute.

These could be fun to let the kids decorate too!

Use some little candies or sprinkles for buttons and some licorice for a scarf.

Peppermint Mocho Cup Cupcakes

16. Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

From Baker by Nature

If you’re a lover of Christmas flavors, especially peppermint mocha, these cupcakes are right up your alley.

Topped with a peppermint mocha frosting that is easy to make, you can bring the Christmas flavors you love to your cupcakes.

Pull Apart Cupcake Snowman

17. Pull Apart Cupcake Snowman

From Cupcake Central

Put this pull apart cupcake snowman cake together using 24 cupcakes with vanilla buttercream icing and sprinkle with white sparkling sanding sugar to give that frosty snow look.

Don’t forget the solid milk chocolate hat. Much easier than a full sized cake, but still beautifully decorated.

Candy Cane Christmas Tree Cupcakes

18. Candy Cane Christmas Tree Cupcakes

From Bakerella

These sweet little candy cane Christmas tree cupcakes veer from the traditional sugar cone trees just a smidge.

Trimmed sugar cones dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with white sugar crystals are attached to the candy cane “trunks”.

Fondant presents with snowflake sprinkle bows create such a beautiful look to the Christmas tree scene.

Gingerbread Cupcakes

19. Gingerbread Cupcakes

From Cooking Classy

Run, run as fast you can, because these gingerbread cupcakes will need to be eaten before everyone else eats them.

While this cute recipe idea uses homemade gingerbread boys, you could substitute a store bought gingerbread cookie to simplify the process.

Either way, these cupcakes are a perfect holiday dessert.

Polar Bear Mini Cupcakes

20. Polar Bear Cupcake Minis

From Bakerella

It doesn’t take much to transform mini cupcakes into adorable polar bears.

Soft edible pearls for ears, black sugar pearls for eyes, candy eyes for the nose (yes, you read that right) and a piece of pink confetti sprinkles for the tongue.

These friendly bears will be a welcome addition to your table.

Santa Baby Pull Apart Cupcakes

21. Santa Baby Pull Apart Cupcake Face

From Wilton

Cupcakes are easier to serve up than a sheet cake, so these would be perfect for your next holiday party.

Armed with cupcakes, frosting, frosting tips and a little patience, you can follow this great tutorial for recreating this Santa baby pull apart cupcake face!

A festive and easy treat!

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