17 Holiday Cupcakes To Make The Season Bright, Because We're All Getting A Little Tired of Christmas Cookies
Cupcakes are truly the darling of the dessert world. You can basically do anything to make a cupcake feel festive, and it would still turn out adorable. Smear some Betty Crocker frosting on some little box cakes, throw some sprinkles on those babies — and voila! You have culinary art! However, since it's the holiday season, it doesn't hurt to spend a little more time to get creative with our mini cake babies.
The beauty of December is that it's just such a festive month. You have so many options as far as decorating goes — cupcakes included. You can go the cozy route and bake some hot chocolate cupcakes. You could do something really Christmas-y and play with red and green frosting. Or you could go with the general theme of snow — which is why vanilla frosting is deliciously versatile. Now that we have you feeling inspired, here are 17 different holiday cupcakes you can make for your next festive celebration.
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Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream
Eggnog Latte Cupcakes
You either love eggnog, or you absolutely loathe it. Same goes for these cupcakes, so let’s hope your guests are down with the eggnog. Inspired by the red cup classic, this recipe by Inside Bru Crew Life shows you exactly how much rum and nog you need (that’s right — rum) to make these cakes.
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Since gingerbread cookies are my absolute favorite cookies of all time, I am a huge advocate of the gingerbread cupcake. Using ingredients like molasses, cinnamon, heavy cream, and a LOT of butter, Confessions of a Cookbook Queen instructs you how to make gingerbread cupcakes for the true gingerbread aficionado.
Sweet Snowman Cupcakes
Hot Chocolate Almond Flour Cupcakes
Gingerbread Cupcakes with White Chocolate Pudding Frosting
More gingerbread cupcakes? Yes. I told you. I am ALL about that gingerbread game. These cupcakes by Cookies and Cups are a little different though — instead of regular old buttercream frosting, this recipe shows you how to make white chocolate pudding frosting, which is slightly more rich and decadent. In fact, most of this cupcake is just frosting. Which is OK with me.
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There's No Business Like Snow Business Cupcakes
Disney's 'Frozen' Movie Cupcakes
Caramel Apple Spice Cupcakes With Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
One of my favorite ~naughty~ drinks at Starbucks is their caramel apple cider. Even though I know it’s just heated up cider and like a gallon of caramel sauce, I still make sure to at least order one every winter. This cupcake version posted on Baked by Rachel is just as sweet and cozy (and sugary).
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