Christmas Tree Confetti Cupcakes

by aimee @ shugarysweets on December 19, 2012

So naturally, my daughter comes home from school and tells me she needs 27 cupcakes for her class party.

How do I say no to her? I can’t.

So, I make the cutest holiday cupcakes I can think of. PLUS, I’ve been wanting to get around to making my own confetti cake recipe for awhile now, so this was perfect!

Plus, these are so light and fluffy and deserve a soft frosting. Cool Whip frosting. Have you bought this yet? Oh my it’s amazing. You can also make a vanilla buttercream frosting if you choose to do so. Totally acceptable too.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Cake and Cupcake recipes for you. I hope you enjoy!

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Frosting- my favorite, from scratch, white cupcake recipe!

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting- another from scratch recipe, CHOCOLATE!

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cool Whip Frosting- truly a decadent treat!

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting- who can resist a luscious lemon cupcake?

Carrot Cake- my favorite carrot cake recipe with cream cheese frosting!

Banana Cake with Cinnamon Frosting- one of my favorite cakes. Ever.

Christmas Tree Confetti Cupcakes

Yield: 30-36 cupcakes

Delicious confetti cake from scratch topped with soft Cool Whip frosting Christmas Trees! ENJOY.


    For the Cake:
  • 5 egg whites, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, divided
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup jimmies (sprinkles- the log shaped ones)
  • For the Topping:
  • 2 tubs (10.6oz each) Cool Whip Vanilla Frosting, thawed
  • sprinkles
  • 1/4 cup yellow candy melts


  1. To make stars for tree tops, melt candy melts in glass bowl for 30 seconds. Stir and heat an additional 30 seconds. Mix until smooth. Pour into a small ziploc bag and cut off the corner (very small). Pipe stars onto parchment paper. Allow to set while baking cupcakes.
  2. In small bowl, mix egg whites with 1/4 cup buttermilk. Set aside.
  3. In mixer, beat butter with granulated sugar for 2-3 minutes until creamy. Add cake flour, baking powder and kosher salt, mix until combined. Add in egg white mixture, beating well. Slowly add remaining 1/2 cup buttermilk and sprinkles.
  4. Line cupcake tin with paper liners. Fill liners 1/2 full and bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-18 minutes. Remove and cool completely before frosting.
  5. To frost, fill pastry bag with Cool Whip Frosting and pipe onto cooled cupcake. Immediately sprinkle with green sugar sprinkles. Top with a star! Store cupcakes in refrigerator, up to 3 days. ENJOY!

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Megan @ The Pink Flour December 19, 2012 at 6:47 pm

These are so cute, Aimee! I especially love the chocolate stars! And I need to try the Cool Whip frosting soon :)
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Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} December 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm

So cute. I love the star on the top. The buttermilk must make these so moist and delicious too. Love the round up of your other cupcakes too – so pretty.
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Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos December 19, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Just gorgeous and SO festive!!
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust December 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I bet the teacher put her up to it, lol. :) Love these, they are so cute!
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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 19, 2012 at 11:23 pm

These are so cute!
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Jenn@eatcakefordinner December 19, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Those are the cutest cupcakes. I love the star!
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sally @ sallys baking addiction December 20, 2012 at 6:10 am

funfetti to the rescue! love the adorable “trees” on top Aimee!
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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction December 20, 2012 at 9:34 am

These are adorable! How perfect for Christmas parties!
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