DIY Mini Cupcake Holiday Tree

Have a party happening that could use a cool dessert centerpiece?  Make this fun Mini Cupcake Holiday Tree.  Fun to make and even more fun to eat!

diy cupcake holiday christmas tree

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With all the family gatherings coming up, I needed a neat centerpiece for my table.  This Mini Cupcake Tree is fun to look at and to top it off, you can eat it too!  The best of both worlds! Want to know how to make it?

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For this project, you will need:

24″ tall styrofoam cone
2 boxes cake mix
Royal Icing (recipe below)
gel food color (green)
gum drops

diy cupcake holiday christmas tree

Begin by baking up a ton of mini cupcakes!  Each box mix makes about 72 mini cupcakes.

diy cupcake holiday christmas tree

Of course you could always go with a smaller styrofoam cone and less cupcakes, but when I take on a project it seems I never do anything small.  Once all the cupcakes are baked, it is time to assemble the tree!

diy cupcake holiday christmas tree

Push in a ton of toothpicks into the styrofoam.  What you see above- add more to that.

diy cupcake holiday christmas tree

Start at the bottom and start adding cupcakes, pushing them into the toothpicks.


diy cupcake holiday christmas tree

Work your way up, adding more toothpicks and cupcakes as you go.  Setting your plate on a lazy susan is a good idea.  That way you can easily turn the tree and work on all sides without shaking it up.

diy cupcake holiday christmas tree

Because of the height of the cone that I chose, I ended up using every single one of my mini cupcakes!

diy cupcake holiday christmas tree

Now it is time to decorate!  Make up a batch of Royal Icing.  I specify this type of icing because you want it to get hard and act like a glue for the decorations that you are adding.  Here is a good recipe to follow:

Royal Icing

3 cups Confectioners Sugar
2 egg whites, beaten
1/4 tsp. Cream of Tartar

Use electric mixer to mix all ingredients together, than add green gel food coloring.  (I was out of gel and had to use liquid food color which doesn’t give as dark a color as I would have liked).

Use a knife to swirl the green onto each cupcake.  You may need to hold the cupcake in place while doing so.  (Those of you that do a bit of cake decorating, it would most likely be much easier to pipe this green icing on using a decorating tube).

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diy cupcake holiday christmas tree

All the icing is added and we are ready for decorations.

diy cupcake holiday christmas tree

Place gumdrops and peppermints in place, covering any bare spots.

diy cupcake holiday christmas tree

And there you have it!  A pretty dessert centerpiece for your party!

Be sure to check out more of my styrofoam projects:

All You Need is Love and Cupcakes Faux Pallet Art
Hooty Owls No Sew Wall Art
DIY Holiday Macaroni Sheep


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{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Jessica November 10, 2015, 7:29 pm

    Looks delicious and beautiful!!

  • Debi December 18, 2013, 9:41 am

    You made it!! It looks terrific!!

  • DiEtta Morris December 16, 2013, 1:19 pm

    This is such a cute idea! So instead of making a Gingerbread House you could do this with the kids/grandkids! Create memories…….that carry on with you!!!!! Thanks Suzy for helping us create those “memories!” Don’t forget to get out the “Christmas” music and “Sing. Sing, sing & dance!” “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” 🙂

  • Sharon December 16, 2013, 8:41 am

    Yummy! This is such a fun centerpiece idea. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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