Aren’t these Christmas Light Cupcakes adorable? They are so simple because you basically start with cupcakes from a mix (it’s the secret ingredient, or yes, cheating) and you can use any mix or flavor you desire. You also use ready frosting (unless you want to make your own) and a tube of black icing. These Christmas Cupcakes are perfect for the Holidays and/or any last-minute bake sales your kids may spring on you.
Easy Christmas Lights Cupcakes
There are literally 4 ingredients needed for this recipe so it’s a total breeze. In fact, this is a great project to do with kids. Simply prep all the ingredients in a work station so they can decorate to their heart’s desire. Mine eat half the M&M’s in the process.
Tip: I sometimes add a box of pudding mix to the cupcake mix to give it more depth. Just be sure you match the flavor of pudding to that of the mix (chocolate/chocolate or vanilla/vanilla) or it will taste funky.
How To Frost Cupcakes
It took me a long time to master frosting cupcakes. Mostly because I was stubborn and refused to buy a piping kit and used a knife instead. But the truth is, if you want pretty cupcakes, you need a piping kit. I recently bought this 32-Piece Piping Bags and Tips Set, $10.99 and it has been life-changing!
The most important piece is the piping tip and for this recipe you need a large round tip. Make sure you start on the outside and work your way in while doing as many rotations around as it takes to get to the center of the cupcake, then release pressure on the piping bag and pull away at the top.
Christmas Lights Cupcakes
Prep: 15 minutes| Cook Time: 0 minutes | Total Time: 15 minutes
- Pre-made cupcakes
- White frosting
- Small tube of black icing
- Add the white frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip. Pipe frosting into a swirl on the cupcakes.
- Use the black icing to draw a thin line around the swirled frosting, working from the top to the bottom.
- Press M&M’s into the black lined area of the frosting. Repeat this process with all remaining cupcakes.
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