It’s time to celebrate the holidays with this festive Christmas Tree Cupcakes recipe. Sure, vegan Christmas cupcakes may look difficult, but they’re surprisingly easy and fun to make, and even more fun to eat! Take your holiday baking to another level with these towering Christmas treats!
Looking for more festive holiday treats? Try these tasty Gingerbread Whoopie Pies.
Do you remember your first holiday baking project? I’m pretty sure my first one must have been sugar cookies. Making festive desserts for the holidays is so fun!
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- Using a store-bought cake mix keeps this recipe simple, even though it looks intricate and complex
- Sugar cones make a tall foundation for Christmas trees, meaning this is surprisingly simple to make
- Fun candies, like Skittles, and sprinkles, add decorations to your Christmas trees, and these can be added on by every member of the family
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Egg Replacer — I used Ener-G Egg Replacer for the cake. See recipe card notes for a substitution.
- Xanthan gum
- Vegetable oil
- Coconut oil — You can substitute vegan butter
- Cake Mix — A Duncan Hines Cake Mix (French Vanilla, Yellow, or Strawberry work for this recipe) works best
- Sugar cones — You’ll need 18 ice cream cones
- Frosting — I used 2 14 oz Duncan Hines Whipped Vanilla Frosting
- Food Coloring — You’ll need some green food coloring
- Flaked coconut
- Candied decorations — Yellow Skittles sprinkles, and/or Christmas themed sprinkles
This recipe includes a few accidentally vegan products, including Duncan Hines cake mixes and Skittles that you can buy right at your local grocery store.
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 a cake from scratch. I get that. So, that’s why this recipe includes a cake mix.
- Make the vegan “egg” by stirring together egg replacer with warm water.
- Mix in the water, vegetable oil, sugar, and applesauce.
- Add the cake mix, flour, and baking soda.
- Mix on medium speed for two minutes.
- Spoon the cake batter into prepared cupcake papers.
- Bake the cupcakes for 15 to 18 minutes.
- Frost cooled cupcakes with white frosting. and sprinkle with flaked coconut.
- Color the rest of the frosting with green food coloring.
- Spread green frosting over sugar cones, gently pulling the knife away to create wisps, resembling tree branches.
- Place an icing-coated cone on each cupcake.
- Decorate trees with a yellow Skittle at the top, attaching it with an extra dollop of frosting.
- Add candied decorations to the still-soft frosting to make the cones look like decorated Christmas trees.
Store cupcakes in a tall, airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the fridge for up to 7 days.
What a cute idea. I love it!
Love Vegan Holiday Baking?
If you love cupcakes Christmas trees themed as much as I do, here are some more some Vegan Christmas Cookies and delicious vegan holiday recipes you’ll want to try:
That’s it for these vegan Christmas cupcakes!
Christmas Tree Cupcakes
- 5 teaspoons Ener-G Egg replacer
- 8 tablespoons warm water
- 1 ½ cup water
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons applesauce
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 Duncan Hines Cake Mix French Vanilla, Yellow, or Strawberry work for this recipe
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C. Line a muffin pan with cupcake papers.
- In a mixing bowl stir together the egg replacer with 6 tablespoons of warm water.
- Add the water, vegetable oil, applesauce, and sugar. Mix until well combined.
- Add the cake mix, flour, and baking powder. Continue mixing on medium speed for two minutes.
- Spoon the cake batter into prepared cupcake papers. Bake in heated oven 15 to 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.
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Egg ReplacerYou can order Ener-G Egg Replacer or use this as a substitute: 2 tablespoons potato starch, 1 tablespoon tapioca starch, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1 teaspoon baking soda. This is a very similar formula to the egg replacer mentioned above.
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
This post was originally published in 2018 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2020.