Enjoy Your Christmas Celebrations With These Healthy Cupcake Recipe Ideas

Posted: December 15, 2021 3:39 pm

With the holidays coming up, it’s the perfect time to try out some festive cupcake recipes! We found twenty festive cupcake recipes to help you celebrate the holidays in style! Whether you’re looking for something classic, something new and unique, or something with a bit of a twist, there’s something here for everyone.

1. Gingerbread Cupcakes

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The best part about these gingerbread-flavored treats is that they’re baked in little jars – which makes them even more festive looking (and easier to eat!). The cake is rich and moist (no mixer needed!) with molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and black pepper. Top the cupcakes with whipped cream and fresh cranberry for a festive dessert.

2. Eggnog Cupcakes
These are perfect for all of you eggnog lovers out there! The cupcakes are made from a basic yellow cake mix, with some added nutmeg and cinnamon for extra flavor. The frosting is a delicious combination of cream cheese, eggnog, sugar, and nutmeg – it’s like taking a bite of Christmas morning. If you want something festive and delicious, these are the cupcakes for you!

3. Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes


These chocolatey cupcakes are great if you love mint! Start with a basic chocolate recipe, then add some peppermint extract and green food dye to make these festive beauties. Top with a sprig of fresh mint, or drizzle some melted chocolate or peppermint candy over the frosting for a finishing touch.

4. Apple Cider Cupcakes

There’s nothing quite like a hot, steamy mug of apple cider on a cold day. And that crisp, spicy, slightly sweet flavor makes it perfect for baking into cakes and cupcakes! These have all the flavors of apple picking season in an easy-to-make treat that anyone will love. Just add some spices to your favorite vanilla cake recipe before baking, then top with cinnamon cream cheese icing (just like you’d find at an apple stand) and maybe even caramel sauce for extra decadence.

5 Italian Ricotta Cheesecake Cupcakes


These have a unique combination of flavors that you’ll love. The cupcakes are made from a rich, delicious ricotta cheese recipe, so they’re super moist and packed with protein to keep you feeling fuller longer. Top with some fresh fruit or a dusting of powdered sugar for an elegant, pretty treat.

6. Orange Cranberry Cupcakes

Thanks to the bright red berries on top, these are beautiful and festive! Start with your favorite vanilla recipe, then add some orange zest and juice before baking. Fill the cupcake liners about halfway up, so they don’t overflow when they puff up in the oven. Top with some mini chocolate chips or fresh cranberries for extra color, then finish it all off with swirls of cream cheese frosting-tinted pink.

7. Red Velvet Cupcakes

Every baker needs to have a go-to red velvet cake recipe that everyone loves – this is mine! I love these cupcakes because they’re not overly sweet, so you can even eat them for breakfast. Fill the cupcake liners up to get that classic dome shape on top, then top with cream cheese frosting and red sprinkles or mini chocolate chips for party-ready treats.

8. Nutella Cupcakes

Nutella is one of my favorite ingredients of all time – it tastes like melted chocolate chip cookies! These are pretty simple since there aren’t any extra flavors involved, but I guarantee they’ll be a huge hit at your parties this season. Add some flour, sugar, baking soda into an oversized mug (about 1/4 cup each), then stir in some milk and Nutella until smooth. Microwave until cake is cooked through, then frost with Nutella cream cheese icing for an indulgent treat.

9. Coffee Cupcakes

For all of the coffee addicts out there! Start with a basic chocolate recipe, then add instant coffee to amp up the flavor. You can also use espresso powder or strong brewed coffee instead of regular baking cocoa if you want more of a kick – be aware that it will change the consistency slightly, so your batter might be thicker than usual. Top off these rich cupcakes with some fluffy vanilla buttercream and crushed walnuts or chocolate chips for extra crunch (and more caffeine!).

10. Gingerbread Cheesecake Cupcakes

These are my favorite holiday dessert! They’re essentially mini gingerbread cakes with a sweet cream cheese filling, so it’s the perfect treat if you love both. Start by baking two special gingerbread cupcakes – add some molasses and spices to your favorite vanilla cake recipe before baking. Then, top with cheesecake batter made from cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Bake until set, then frost with more cream cheese icing for decadent treats that are great for Christmas.

11. Maple Pecan Cupcakes

Maple syrup is one of my favorite autumn/fall time flavors because it always reminds me of Thanksgiving! These are super easy to make since there’s only one secret ingredient (maple syrup!) plus extra items like flour, sugar, baking powder. The cupcakes are topped with a pecan pie-inspired frosting made from brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and heavy cream. They’re a unique and delicious option for your next party.

12. Candy Cane Cupcakes

These are another fun and festive option for the holidays! Start with a chocolate cupcake recipe that you already love, then add some peppermint extract (or candy canes crushed into pieces) to the batter before baking. Frost with white vanilla frosting that’s been tinted pink or red, then top with more crushed candy canes for a pretty presentation.

13. Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

If you love pumpkin spice lattes, you’ll love these delicious cupcakes! They’re made from a spice cake mix, pumpkin puree, and coffee – so they pack a punch in the flavor department. The frosting is also flavored with espresso powder and pumpkin pie spice, making it the perfect complement to the cake. These are a great option if you’re looking for something extra special this season.

14. Christmas Tree Cupcakes


These are one of my favorite festive treats! You’ll need some green food coloring (or any other bright color) to get started. Start by baking your favorite vanilla cupcake recipe, then using a sharp knife, cut a cone-shaped piece out of the center of each cupcake. Frost, the top of each cupcake with white frosting, then uses green food coloring to tint it a bright green. Add red M&Ms (or any other small red candies) to the top of each tree for a finishing touch.

15. Peppermint Bark Cupcakes

These are a delicious twist on the classic holiday treat! They’re made from two vanilla cupcakes dipped into a dark chocolate batter and topped with white peppermint frosting. The easy recipe makes them perfect if you’re short on time, plus they can be made ahead of time, so they’re ready for your next party.

16. Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

If you love hot cocoa and coffee, you’ll adore these treats! They’re made from two chocolate cupcakes that have been dipped into peppermint batter before baking, then filled with a sweet white frosting mixed with crushed candy canes for extra flavor (and crunch!). If you’re planning to serve them at your next party, keep in mind that they also make great mini cakes if you need something sturdier than cupcakes!

17. Maple-spice Breakfast Cupcakes

These are some of my favorite recipes because they taste like morning muffins but look like desserts – plus, they’re frosted with a delicious maple cream cheese frosting. The cupcakes are made from a simple spice cake mix, then studded with chopped pecans and topped with the cream cheese frosting. They’re perfect for breakfast or brunch, but they’re also delicious enough to serve as dessert!

18. Gold Chocolate Cupcakes

These are another one of my favorite recipes because they look so elegant – but they’re simple enough to make any day of the year! They start with a rich, decadent dark chocolate cupcake recipe, then get topped with piped white frosting and gold sugar sprinkles for an extra bit of glam. These are a great option if you want something festive that isn’t too difficult to make!

19. Peppermint Mallow Cupcakes

These fun holiday treats combine two favorites – peppermint and chocolate marshmallows! The cupcakes are made from a chocolate cake mix that’s been doctored up by adding crushed candy canes and mini marshmallows, then frosted with a delicious peppermint frosting. They’re perfect if you’re looking for a festive treat that doesn’t require too much effort!

20. Cranberry Almond Cupcakes

These pretty cupcakes are perfect for the holidays! They’re made from a vanilla cupcake that’s been studded with dried cranberries and chopped almonds, then frosted with a white chocolate frosting. They’re simple but elegant, and they’ll be sure to please any crowd!

There you have it – twenty festive cupcake recipes to help you celebrate the holidays in style! Whether you’re looking for something classic, something new and unique, or something with a bit of a twist, there’s something here for everyone. So go ahead and get baking – your friends and family will love these delicious treats!

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