These Candy Cane Cupcakes are Perfect Christmas Cupcakes!

I was playing around with making some Christmas cupcakes and came up with these easy candy cane cupcakes. They’re so simple and fun–and delicious!

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Make these easy candy cane cupcakes, a fun Christmas cupcake recipe!

Candy Cane Cupcakes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have a biiiit of a Christmas obsession. Ok, that’s a massively understated understatement of epic proportions. It’s Christmas here 24/7/365. For real, if it’s red and white and has a little glitter or holly leaf, I am in. So, it wasn’t any surprise to me when I was making cupcakes that I made these candy cane cupcakes.


Seriously, these peppermint cupcakes are one of the easiest Christmas cupcakes I’ve ever made. If you’re ready to make a fun cupcake for a Christmas party, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make peppermint cupcakes

  • Start with this easy Lazy Girl cupcake recipe. Its so simple and absolutely perfect every time!
  • You can certainly buy you fondant for your candy cane cupcakes–I’ve done that and its fine, but if you want some amazing tasting goodness that’s super simple to make, check out my friend’s recipe for simple marshmallow fondant.
  • For me, the uniqueness of these cupcakes is that they don’t require a ton of frosting. If you’re making your own, as I’ve got it down in the recipe, below, that’s awesome. But if you’re making it with canned frosting (that’s fine too, no judgement–I had just run out), you should only need to use about 1/2 of the can. So, if you make a second batch of peppermint cupcakes, you have plenty in just one can!
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How to Make Easy Candy Cane Cupcakes

Below is the written and printable tutorial for this fun cupcake decorating idea. Use the comments section below if you have any questions.

Yield: 12

Candy Cane Cupcakes

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I was playing around with making some Christmas cupcakes and came up with these easy candy cane cupcakes. They're so simple and fun--and delicious!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes



  1. Bake cupcakes and allow to cool to make christmas candy cupcakes on a white table
  2. As the cupcakes are cooling, prepare all the little fondant candy canes. Divide fondant in 2 equal-sized portions. Color one red with 10-12 drops food coloring. Knead until the color is consistent throughout. how to make christmas cupcakes with candy canes on a white table
  3. With each fondant color, shape out one long snake of each color.
  4. Twist the white fondant snake with red fondant snake. Roll it out until the exterior is smooth and then trim into 3-inch long lengths. how to make christmas cupcakes with fondant
  5. Shape each 3-inch long snake to look like a candy cane. Trim if necessary.
  6. Using a mixer, beat together the butter, sugar and milk on a medium speed. Gradually increase the speed to high.
  7. With a decorating bag, frost each cooled cupcake and dip into bowl of sprinkles. how to make candy cane cupcakes for christmas by icing them
  8. Place one fondant candy cane on top of each cupcake.
  9. Enjoy!


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 57mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 0gSugar: 24gProtein: 1g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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