Tangled Christmas Lights Cupcakes

filed under: Cupcakes on December 7, 2011

I am so excited to share these Tangled Christmas Lights Cupcakes with you today! They are super fun and SO easy! If you want more Christmas baking ideas, be sure to check out my Christmas Cookies and Christmas Cakes!

Tangled Christmas Lights Cupcakes on Platter

Christmas Cupcake Ideas

I know I say it often, but these cupcakes REALLY are easy. There is a video below and you can see that it takes just a few seconds to put together. I like to place the rainbow chips or sprinkles by hand, but you sure can just sprinkle them on! This cupcake is super fun to make with kids and to bring to holiday gatherings!

Tangled Christmas Lights Cupcakes from Overhead

Buttercream Recipe

I made some of my favorite chocolate cupcakes, then made a half batch of buttercream frosting and simply tinted it deep green.  You can use green food color and add just a tiny amount of black to get a deeper green color. The buttercream recipe that I linked to is big, so feel free to halve it if you are only making 12 cupcakes.

Tangled Christmas Lights Cupcakes on Parchment

To Make a Tangled Christmas Light Cupcake:

Using a #4 tip and holding the bag over cooled cupcakes,  just start squeezing and let the frosting just pile up on itself. Try to end the flow of chocolate at the bottom of the pile of frosting.

You really can’t mess these up… the messier the better!

Tangled Christmas Lights Cupcakes with Christmas Ornaments

I then went back in an placed some circle sprinkles from Cake Mate. You can also just pour sprinkles on top. I found that the shape of these larger sprinkles actually worked better than the small round ball sprinkles.

Tangled Christmas Lights Cupcakes on Display

So fun, So easy!

Now if only it were so easy to untangle my Christmas tree lights.


I made a video of how to made these cupcakes!

In the video I used some Mini Rainbow Chocolate Chips.

Making "tangled Christmas lights" cupcakes!

Not only do they look fun, but they are the most delicious sprinkles out there!

Tangled Christmas Lights Cupcakes!


Chocolate Cupcake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

I am so excited to share these Tangled Christmas Lights Cupcakes with you today! They are super fun and SO easy! If you want more Christmas baking ideas, be sure to check out my Christmas Cookies and Christmas Cakes!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tangled Christmas Lights Cupcakes
Servings: 14 cupcakes
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 cup (95g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (42g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (115g) sour cream, room temperature
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. This recipe makes 12-14 cupcakes, so prepare one pan (or maybe two) with cupcake liners.

  2. Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between each time. Set aside.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment; add the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and sour cream and whisk on medium speed until smooth. (about 1 minute)

  4. In a medium sized bowl, sift the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together until thoroughly combined.

  5. Add the cooled butter/chocolate to the stand mixer and whisk until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  6. Slowly add in the flour mixture, about 1/4 cup at a time with the stand mixer on low.
  7. As soon as you are done adding the flour turn the mixer off. (You do not want to over-mix!)
  8. The batter will be very thick.
  9. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full with batter. Bake for 15-18 minutes. The center of the cupcake should spring back up if gently pressed.

Recipe Notes

Here is the recipe for Buttercream. (clickable link) Just add green food color (or white!) to make this Tangled Lights cupcake. I also recommend cutting the recipe down by half. 

Recipe from Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes

Super Fun and EASY cupcakes!
Super Fun and EASY cupcakes!
Super Fun and EASY cupcakes!

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  • Krissy @ Krissy's Creations says:

    These are SO extremely adorable Amanda! I’m definitely adding these to my cupcake Christmas list 🙂

  • etta says:

    What a grate idea!! They’re so pretty!!! 🙂

  • Lisa says:

    See and I was thinking that you and your daughter must have watched the movie Tangled 1000 times like my daughter and I have 🙂

  • Gwendolyn says:

    How cute. I don’t think there is a person out there who has not seen a tangled mess of lights during the holiday. This is an adorable translation of that which is made “SWEETER”. Thanks for sharing.

  • Georgia Pellegrini says:

    These are absolutely adorable.

  • Delishhh says:

    Just gorgeous!

  • sweetsugarbelle says:

    Lol, funny and adorable!!!

  • Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious says:

    These are such innovative cupcakes. I love it!

  • Shaina says:

    These are just the cutest. I haven’t yet tackled the Christmas tree lights. Instead, we’re being Scrooges around these parts.

  • AliRae says:

    These are soo adorable!
    And I love love love the cake stand in the last photo!

  • Marie M.C. says:

    Wonderfully creative — as usual. Yet another darling idea to put on my “to do” list. Thanks!

  • Diane {Created by Diane} says:

    so fun! I love them 🙂

  • DessertForTwo says:

    These are so adorable! I love how you get your inspiration! 🙂

  • Kristin Jones says:

    These are so adorable and simple (at least they look simple)! I even have sprinkles in the shape of Christmas light bulbs!

  • Becky says:

    Your cupcakes are so cute, and timely!. I too, have had the tangled lights problem:( these cupcakes would cheer me up though!

  • Becky says:

    Your cupcakes are so cute, and timely! Great job!

  • Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} says:

    These look so adorable! And since I’m clumsy when it comes to decorating cupcakes these might be my thing to do 🙂

  • Grace de Cruz says:

    So Cute =)

  • Alana says:

    I’m a big fan of original cupcake designs – this is too clever!

  • Anna says:

    I love the sincerity of your post. Your ingenuity shines out in your cupcakes. I specifically love the tangled mess of green icing on top. Come to think of it, who has not had a messy Christmas preparation? Everyone did, or still does…one way or the other. Thanks for the post. 😉 I’ll try this very soon.

  • Jane M says:

    TOO FUNNY! And I bet DELISH! Love the idea!