It’s time to celebrate the holidays with these Vegan Christmas Tree Cupcakes. Sure, they may look difficult, but these holiday cupcakes are surprisingly easy and fun to make, and even more fun to eat! Take your holiday baking to another level with these towering Christmas treats!
I used a cake mix to make the cupcakes. Why? Because, well, I can. Sure, I can make vegan cake from scratch. I’ve made an Easy Vegan Yellow Cake. That was delicious! I’ve also made an Vegan Chocolate Chai Cake. I can make a vegan cake from scratch. But a friend asked me recently to help her make a vegan cake using a cake mix and I’ve been a woman with a mission ever since!
We’re hosting one of the family dinners this holiday season and I’m excited about the whole shebang. We used to have a Christmas dinner that replicated Thanksgiving, nearly to a tee. A few years ago we decided that was kind of nuts to have two family dinners a month apart with the exact same menu.
So now we purposefully choose a dinner theme different than Thanksgiving, mixing it up each year based on the host’s preferred theme. We’ve done Italian, and Mexican…and well, that’s about it. Until this year. I’m adding a new theme. We’re going to have an All-American Christmas dinner this year. That means I’m working on a new vegan meatloaf recipe and we’ll have mashed potatoes, biscuits, apple pie, and all the fixin’s.
I’m thinking we might have to throw in tacky Christmas sweaters too!
And these Vegan Christmas Tree Cupcakes will have to be on the dessert table. Don’t you think?
How to Make Christmas Tree Cupcakes
A friend asked me if I could help her make a vegan cake from a cake mix. Because, I guess not everyone enjoys the process of making cakes from scratch.
I get that.
So this recipe includes a few accidentally vegan products, including Duncan Hines cake mixes that you can buy right at your local grocery store. Oh, and Skittles. What a world we live in when Skittles are vegan!
Here are the ingredients to make these vegan christmas tree cupcakes:
- Ener-G Egg Replacer
- xanthan gum
- vegetable oil
- coconut oil
- cake mix
- sugar cones
- store-bought frosting
- green food coloring
- flaked coconut
Steps to make Vegan Christmas Tree Cupcakes
Here are the steps to make these adorable vegan christmas cupcakes:
- Use a mixer to mix the egg replacer, xanthan gum, and water until frothy (this may take a couple of minutes)
- Add additional water and oils and continue mixing. Add the cake mix and continue mixing for up to 2 minutes.
- Spoon the batter into cupcake papers in a muffin pan. Bake for 15 – 18 minutes.
- After the cupcakes have cooled, frost with plain white frosting and drizzle with coconut flakes to look like snow.
- Add green food coloring to the rest of the frosting. Then coat the sugar cones with frosting, using a butter knife or spatula to create peaks to appear like branches in the tree.
- Place green frosting-coated cone on each cupcake. Decorate with sprinkles and a yellow Skittle on top of each for the star.
That’s it. See? I promised it was a fairly easy process.
Also, when I frosted the sugar cones to look like Christmas Trees, I didn’t use any special frosting tips. Those are such a pain! I just used a butter knife. I gave each cone a nice coating of colored frosting and then used the knife to press on dollops of green frosting and pulled the knife away, creating those pretty wisps in the frosting. Pretty!
If you love vegan holiday baking as much as I do, here are some delicious vegan holiday recipes you’ll want to try: Vegan Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls, Confetti Cookies, Christmas Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies, Vegan Pecan Pie, and Vegan Holiday Caramel Snack Mix.
Vegan Christmas Tree Cupcakes
- 4½ teaspoons Ener-G Egg replacer
- 8 tablespoons warm water
- ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup oil
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil or vegan butter
- Duncan Hines Cake Mix French Vanilla, Yellow, or Strawberry work for this recipe
- 18 sugar ice cream cones
- 2 14 oz Duncan Hines Whipped Vanilla Frosting
- Green food coloring
- Flaked coconut
- Candied decorations - Yellow Skittles sprinkles, and Christmas themed candies
- Heat your oven to 350F. Line a muffin pan with cupcake papers.
- In a mixing bowl combine the egg replacer with 6 tablespoons of warm water. Using the whisk attachment on your mixer, whip on medium speed until frothy. Add xanthan gum and whip until the mixture thickens, up to 2 minutes.
- Add the 1 cup of water, the vegetable oil and coconut oil. Continue mixing until well combined.
- Add the cake mix and change the mixer to the beater attachment. Continue mixing on medium speed for two minutes.
- Spoon the cake batter into prepared cupcake papers. Bake in heated oven 15-18 minutes, until done.
- Frost cooled cupcakes with white frosting. and sprinkle with flaked coconut. Set aside.
- Color the rest of the frosting with green food coloring, using enough to achieve the desired color of green. Use a butter knife to spread the green frosting over the sugar cone, gently pulling the knife away to create wisps, resembling tree branches. Make these random so it will look natural.
- Place a green icing-coated cone on each cupcake. Place a yellow Skittle at the top of each cone, attaching it with an extra dollop of frosting. While the frosting is still soft, add candied decorations to make it look like decorated Christmas trees.