22 Incredible Holiday Cupcake Recipes & Ideas

Personally, I never need an excuse to whip up a batch of cupcakes. Especially during the holidays. While I may try to make as many sugar-free variations for my little ones as possible, sometimes one just has to splurge. I’m all about making the holidays as magical as possible for my sweethearts. I mean, at the risk of sounding trite; isn’t that what it’s all about? These holidays that seem to stress us so?


This collection of cupcakes is indeed splurge-worthy and will put a HUGE smile on any older babies’ (stage 3 eaters and up) and toddlers’ cherub little cupcake wanting face. Be inspired and forget about fretting over what festive treat to bring to that holiday party or what you’re going to serve at your own…the answer is cupcakes! (Any of these would also be perfect for a holiday themed baby shower).

But, what do I know? I’m just the crazy cupcake lady. (Otherwise known as the crazy owl lady).

Enjoy the round-up!

  • When in Doubt, Make Cupcakes!

    When in Doubt, Make Cupcakes!

    Click through for a stunning (and scrumptious!) selection of festive cupcake recipes and ideas.

  • Frosty Cupcakes

    Frosty Cupcakes

    So cute! Lots of fun for toddlers and older babies whom you don’t mind giving a treat to now and then. ‘Tis the season!
    Get the recipe via Spoonful

  • Sugared Cranberry Cupcakes

    Sugared Cranberry Cupcakes

    These are almost too beautiful to eat, the perfect combo of sour and sweet.
    Get the recipe via Cakes by Becky

  • Rudolph & Co.

    Rudolph & Co.

    Another fun recipe idea, particularly for little ones!
    Get the recipe via Spoonful

  • Happy Hanukkah!

    Happy Hanukkah!

    Fancy shmancy cupcake business here!
    Available through Saks Fifth Avenue

  • Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes

    Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes

    I mean, come ON – right? The best part about these is that you get a cookie AND a cupcake!
    As spotted on The Cupcake Blog

  • Old School Santa Set

    Old School Santa Set

    Classic red and white candy cane striped…all ages will love these whimsical goodies!
    Made by Bakerella

  • Penguins Bearing Joy

    Penguins Bearing Joy

    A D O R A B L E!!! Would you (could you) eat these?
    Spotted on Cupcakes Take The Cake

  • Teensy Snowman

    Teensy Snowman

    I love everything about these snow topped cupcakes with a vintage air. Especially how easy they are to make with such pro-like results.
    Get the recipe via 101 Cookbooks

  • Fabulous Set of Holiday Cupcakes

    Fabulous Set of Holiday Cupcakes

    Cute, detailed, amazing artistry. I especially love the Santa stuck in a snowbank ones. Genius!
    Spotted on Parties 4 Me

  • Feliz Navidad

    Feliz Navidad

    These are so classy. So gorgeous. Perfect for your holiday table or to bring to a party!
    Made by Objectivo Cupcake

  • Modern Santa

    Modern Santa

    Clever and cute execution here!
    Made by Feerie Cake

  • Snowflakes


    Go for a a traditional holiday look with these red, white and green snowflake cupcakes!
    Made by Kimmy’s Kakes

  • Mr. & Mrs. Claus (& Co.)

    Mr. & Mrs. Claus (& Co.)

    Squee! Pretty sure these are my favourite and I would have a hard time eating them – they are just so dang perfect in every way.
    Made by Veruca Walker for Cupcakes For Poppy

  • Modern Christmas Trees

    Modern Christmas Trees

    The things you can do with leftover fondant!
    Recipe and instructions via Simply Cake

  • Mele Kalikimaka!

    Mele Kalikimaka!

    Meaning a very merry Christmas to you in Hawaiian. These creations are hilarious and fantastic. You must check out the entire party spread!
    Made by Lynlee’s Petite Cakes

  • Frosty Cupcakes

    Frosty Cupcakes

    Clearly a feminine choice, bedecked with glitter, served up in the palest pink and soft white. So pretty!
    Available through Sweet Cupcakes & Treats

  • Christmas Trees

    Christmas Trees

    Not your traditional tree, this pearlized pink tree topper will please all the girls, no matter their age.
    Available through Sweet Cupcakes & Treats

  • Little Snowmen

    Little Snowmen

    The most cutest little snowmen ever! Bigger babies and toddlers will love these.
    Recipe and instructions via Simply Cake

  • Elegant Christmas Cupcakes

    Elegant Christmas Cupcakes

    I love these black and white delectables with pops of mini cranberries in a deep, rich crimson shade.
    Made by Artastic on Deviant Art

  • Eggnog Cupcakes with a Spiced Rum Buttercream

    Eggnog Cupcakes with a Spiced Rum Buttercream

    YUM. I don’t see why one couldn’t substitute (or add!) Irish Cream in with these bad boys. Just sayin’.
    Get the recipe via Baker’s Royale

  • Santa & His Elves

    Santa & His Elves

    Tiny, delicate perfection. These remind me of those great holiday claymation movie classics. Fun!
    Made by Something For Cake

  • Leaning Tower of Christmas

    Leaning Tower of Christmas

    Sometimes I l just can’t help myself. I especially wouldn’t refrain if these were in front of me!
    As spotted on Design Fetish

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