Christmas Light Cupcakes Recipe

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These Christmas Light Cupcakes are made with an embellished chocolate cake mix and the best vanilla buttercream frosting. They are adorable for Christmas and perfect for bake sales.

yield: 18 CUPCAKES


1 box milk chocolate cake mix
1 small box chocolate instant pudding mix
3 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

To decorate:
Vanilla Buttercream
store-bought black frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line two muffin tins with 18 paper liners.
  2. Add cupcake ingredients to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat well, about 3 minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally.
  3. Divide batter evenly between muffin tin. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  4. Using a large round tip, pipe buttercream in a swirl onto the cupcakes.
  5. Draw a black line around the surface of the frosting. Stick M&Ms vertically into the side of the cupcakes.


  • Vanilla cake mix and vanilla instant pudding can be used for Vanilla Christmas cupcakes.


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