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Christmas Cupcakes

Looking for recipes for Christmas cupcakes? Taste of Home has the best Christmas cupcake recipes from real cooks like you, featuring reviews, ratings, how-to videos and tips.

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Rudolph Cupcakes

Rudolph Cupcakes

Rudolph Cupcakes

RED-NOSED CAKES are what Karen quickly cooked up for the youngsters at her child's school. "Our son needed reindeer treats for his class but forgot to tell me abut it until the day before," recalls Karen. "It's the sort of situation that every mother finds herself in at one time or another!" With no ready-made decorations on hand, Karen had to improvise. "We stuck animal crackers in the cupcakes for antlers and used other sweets for the eyes and noses," she tells. "All the students loved them." Her fast creations are helpful when you have lots of other preparations for a party. "And they're easy enough for children to help with, too," notes Karen.

Winter Fantasy Cupcakes

Winter Fantasy Cupcakes

Winter Fantasy Cupcakes

Best-selling authors of the book Hello, Cupcake!, Karen Tack & Alan Richardson, spent a few days with us creating one-of-a-kind beauties that you can make at home—no special tools or talents required. Just bake your favorite cupcakes, have your favorite vanilla icing on hand and HAVE FUN!

Holiday Gingerbread Cupcakes

Holiday Gingerbread Cupcakes

Holiday Gingerbread Cupcakes

With heartwarming molasses, allspice and cinnamon, these cupcakes taste like the holidays! —BugzBunny, Taste of Home Online Community

Winter Fantasy Poinsettia Cupcakes

Winter Fantasy Poinsettia Cupcakes

Winter Fantasy Poinsettia Cupcakes

Best-selling authors of the book Hello, Cupcake!, Karen Tack & Alan Richardson, spent a few days with us creating one-of-a-kind beauties that you can make at home—no special tools or talents required. Just bake your favorite cupcakes, have your favorite vanilla icing on hand and HAVE FUN!

Cherry Cheese Cupcakes

Cherry Cheese Cupcakes

Cherry Cheese Cupcakes

Our church Christmas party always includes these pretty cupcakes as my home-baked contribution. The holidays were the sweet inspiration for their cheery garnish of cherries and mint leaves.

Surprise Pumpkin Cupcakes

Surprise Pumpkin Cupcakes

Surprise Pumpkin Cupcakes

I like to share these little pumpkin cakes at work. Cupcakes are the perfect workplace treat because they're already wrapped up and so easy to eat. —Kathleen Dimmich, Easton, Pennsylvania

Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

These individual pineapple upside-down cakes are an eye-catching addition to my holiday dessert table. A boxed cake mix makes them easy to bake anytime. —Cindy Colley, Othello, Washington

Cherry Gingerbread Cupcakes

Cherry Gingerbread Cupcakes

Cherry Gingerbread Cupcakes

A sweet frosting with a hint of lemon complements these little spice cakes, each with a maraschino cherry in the center. They're one of my dad's favorite desserts and a sure way of getting him to come over for a cup of coffee. —Laura McAllister, Morganton, North Carolina

Pumpkin Pecan Bites

Pumpkin Pecan Bites

Pumpkin Pecan Bites

This recipe makes a lot, so I like sharing the bite-size treats at potlucks. To easily frost them, try putting the frosting in a pastry bag and piping it on top of the cupcakes. —Carol Beyerl, East Wenatchee, Washington

Cannoli Cupcakes

Cannoli Cupcakes

Cannoli Cupcakes

These jumbo cupcakes feature a fluffy, creamy cannoli-like filling. White chocolate curls on top are the crowning touch.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Poinsettia Cupcakes

Poinsettia Cupcakes

Poinsettia Cupcakes

WHENEVER these tasty treats pop up at birthday celebrations, so do smiles! The Christmasy confections are deliciously rich chocolate cupcakes from Helen's family-favorite recipe. To create pretty poinsettias, our kitchen staff covered the cakes with frosting, fruit snack flowers and yellow candies. Simply trace and cut out the pattern on the next page to produce the petals, and you'll be well on your way to "growing" goodies of your own!
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