Additional Materials:

8 oz. White Sparkling Sugar, Brown Gel Food Coloring Icing Color, 16 oz. White Decorator Icing- Medium Consistency (4 Cans Needed), 1oz. Red-Red Icing Color, Open Star Cake Decorating Tip 1M, #81 Specialty Piping Tip, #104 Petal Piping Tip, 12 oz. Bright White Candy Melts Candy (8 oz. needed), No. 1A Round Decorating Tip, 1 Cup Cranberries, 1-1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar, Favorite Chocolate Cake Mix or Recipe, Sugar Cones (12 Needed for 12 Treats), Confectioners' Sugar, Sliced Almonds (Unblanched)

About this Project

Winter Pine “Cone” Cupcakes are sure to be an elegant and striking addition to your holiday party lineup. Top with sliced almonds or sugared cranberries and display on a 12-Cavity Baking Cone Rack to really show off your masterpiece cupcakes. This project is easy for beginners, yet looks truly stunning.



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  • 1

    Make sugared cranberries. Combine 1 cup granulated sugar and ½ cup water in sauce pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Pour warm syrup over cranberries. Chill berries, at least 1 hour. Drain.


    In small bowl, add ½ cup granulated sugar. Working with about 1/8 cup cranberries at a time, roll cranberries in sugar. Spread out on parchment paper to dry. If sugar becomes clumpy, add additional granulated sugar.

  • 2

    Bake cones. Prepare chocolate cake batter following recipe instructions. Place rack on cookie sheet. Arrange cones in rack. Spoon 2 tablespoons batter in each cone. Bake and cool according to package directions.

  • 3

    Pipe drips. Melt Bright White Candy Melts candy according to package directions. Prepare decorating bag with melted candy. Cut ¼ in. tip in bag.


    Pipe drips on edge of cones, immediately sprinkling with sparkling sugar. Work in sections so drips stay vertical as you move around the cone. If needed, use knife tool to straighten drips before candy sets up.


    Place cones back into rack and chill until set, about 10 minutes.

  • 4

    Decorate cones. Follow instructions to decorate cones as desired.


    Icing Pinecones: Tint 2 cans decorator icing medium brown using color combination provided. Combine Brown with a touch of Red-Red icing colors to get medium brown color shown. Prepare three decorating bags separately with tips 1A, 81 and 104. Fill each with brown icing.


    Using bag with tip 1A, pipe mound in center of cone. Using either tip 81 (smaller petals) or 104 (larger petals), start at top of mound and pipe pull-out petals, angling petals slightly upward. Repeat until mound is covered. Lightly sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.


    Almond Pinecones: Using bag with tip 1A, pipe mound in center of cone. Starting at bottom and working toward top, add sliced almonds. Lightly sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.


    Cranberry Pinecones: Prepare decorating bag with tip 1M and white decorator icing. Pipe swirl on each cone. Top with sugared cranberries.