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
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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!
Tangled Christmas Light Cupcakes!

Chocolate Cupcake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
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!


  • 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


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. This recipe makes 12-14 cupcakes, so prepare one pan (or maybe two) with cupcake liners.
  • Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between each time. Set aside.
  • 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)
  • In a medium sized bowl, sift the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together until thoroughly combined.
  • Add the cooled butter/chocolate to the stand mixer and whisk until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  • Slowly add in the flour mixture, about 1/4 cup at a time with the stand mixer on low.
  • As soon as you are done adding the flour turn the mixer off. (You do not want to over-mix!)
  • The batter will be very thick.
  • 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.


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. 

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Reader Comments

  1. These are just SO cute! I just found your blog a few days ago and have been having SO much fun looking back through your posts. I subscribed by email so that I don’t miss anything! Thanks for such a great blog!

  2. I wish I had seen this just a few days ago! I just went to a Christmas party on Saturday and would have loved to make these for it. I will have to keep these in mind for next year.

  3. I love this idea for my kids. Also, I found some Christmas light shaped sprinkles at our Hyvee to use for them. So cute!

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