Chocolate Christmas Tree Cupcakes

filed under: Cupcakes on November 18, 2015

These sweet little Reese’s and Hershey’s Kiss Christmas Trees are fun, easy, and a delicious treat for everyone!


Perfect White Cupcakes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
22 mins
Total Time
37 mins

These sweet little Reese’s and Hershey’s Kiss Christmas Trees are fun, easy, and a delicious treat for everyone!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Perfect White Cupcakes
Servings: 28 cupcakes
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 c 2 sticks, 8 ounces, 230g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 1/2 c 500g superfine or granulated sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 2 3/4 c 344g cake flour
  • 1 c 8 ounces, 225g milk, room temperature (I prefer whole)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffins tins. This recipe yields 24-28 cupcakes.

  2. In the bowl of stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together butter, baking powder, sugar, salt, and extracts until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. (be sure to stop half way and scrape down sides)

  3. With the mixer on the lowest speed, carefully add in egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. (scrape down sides as necessary)

  4. With mixer still on low, add in 1/3 of the flour into the creamed mixture, then half the milk, another third of the flour, the remaining milk, and then the remaining flour. (scrape down sides as necessary)

  5. Using a 1/4 cup ice cream scoop or a 1/4 measuring cup, fill muffin tin.
  6. Bake for 16-22 minutes, or just until cupcakes start to brown and the center springs back when touched. You can also insert a toothpick into the center of the cupcake, and if removed mostly clean, cupcakes are done. Make sure to not brown cupcakes as they are better when slightly less done.

  7. Remove cupcakes from oven and cool in pan for up to five minutes, then invert onto wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.



I created a video tutorial on how to put these adorable little Hershey's Kisses & Reese's Peanut Butter Cup tree's together!

I saw some adorable Reese’s Christmas Trees over on Sweet Simple Stuff and knew that I wanted to try them. I mean, how adorable is a CHOCOLATE TREE?

I wanted these to taste good in addition to being adorable so I made a white cupcake with vanilla buttercream covered in sweetened coconut. When people see this cupcake they usually eat the tree first so it was important that the cupcake taste delicious on its own.

To Make Mini Christmas Tree Cupcakes:

2 dozen white cupcakes, recipe below

4 cups whipped vanilla buttercream

1 cup (maybe more depending on how much you use) sweetened coconut flakes

Green Food coloring

Rainbow non-perils (tiny ball sprinkles)

24 Miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped

24 Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped

#5 decorators tip and pastry bag

Mini Stars (mine are from the Bakerella brand)

Optional: Confectioner’s sugar for dusting

Recipe from here.

I made a little video on how I assembled these cupcakes:

To make the green frosting I took 1/2 cup of buttercream and added green food coloring. You can also skip this step and simply pipe out white buttercream.

I poured all of my non-perils into a bowl so that I could dip/roll the trees in it. This ended up being much easier than trying to press the non-perils in with my fingers. They did not cover as well when sprinkled on either.

I created a video tutorial on how to put these adorable little Hershey's Kisses & Reese's Peanut Butter Cup tree's together!

You can also serve these Chocolate Christmas Trees alone, or not on top of a cupcake!

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  • Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says:

    Could these be ANY cuter?!

    • Amanda says:

      Could YOU be any cuter?

  • Medeja says:

    Oh! These would look so beautiful on Christmas table!

    • Amanda says:

      Great idea!

  • April says:

    These are the most prettiest Christmas cupcakes ever! I love how simple they look but gorgeous!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you April!!

  • sue|theviewfromgreatisland says:

    You are so right, it’s no good if something is cute without being delicious and this one looks incredible!! Sharing <3

  • ChiChi says:

    The cupcakes are so cute. Almost too cute to eat 🙂

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:

    So cute!

  • Monica says:

    Gosh, these cupcakes are gorgeous. Love the creative and simple chocolate trees! So much creativity out there (for me to copy)! ; )

  • Sara says:

    These are absolutely ADORABLE! Thank you for sharing your recipe and how-to with us! sharing! 🙂

  • Nancy says:

    Looks so adorable!

  • Vivian Wachsberger says:

    These Christmas tree cupcakes are soooo cute. I definitely am making these. Thank you, Vivian

  • doyle says:

    Made these cupcakes last weekend. Turned out great. Thank you for sharing.