For an added surprise try adding some candy in the cone before applying it to the cupcake. Each cupcake can have a different surprise inside, no coal though!
I like to give a really good dusting of powdered sugar “snow” to the trees for some added realism and depth.
If you don’t have a #30 tip then try any small to medium star or leaf tip to pipe the tree.
The trees can also look cute with little sugar or fondant ornaments and presents, too! I actually applied white ornaments to one tree with tweezers. It looked good but they kind of got lost in the snow. SO not worth the effort, for me at least. Hope you enjoy!!
Use an ice cream scoop to get an even amount of batter NEATLY into each cupcake paper.
You can see that the frosting applied to the cone is just a rough coat. It helps the dollops you apply adhere to the surface and prevents you from seeing any of the ice cream cone through gaps in your buttercream dollops.
Just allow the cupcakes to cool fully before applying the frosting. And by the by, these are so rich and moist, you might be making them all year round