Santa Cupcakes Recipe
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Santa Cupcakes Recipe

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"My kids leave out at least one cupcake for Santa on Christmas Eve," shares Sharon Skildum from Maple Grove, Minnesota.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) or 2 cups vanilla frosting, divided
  • Red gel or paste food coloring
  • Miniature marshmallows, chocolate chips, Red Hots candies and flaked coconut

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions for cupcakes. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  2. Place 2/3 cup frosting in a small bowl; tint with red food coloring. Set aside 3 tablespoons white frosting for decorating. Cover two-thirds of the top of each cupcake with remaining white frosting. Frost the rest of cupcake top with red frosting for hat. Place reserved white frosting in a small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; cut a 1/4-in. hole in one corner.
  3. On each cupcake, pipe a line of frosting to create fur band of hat. Press a marshmallow on one side of hat for pom-pom. Under hat, place two chocolate chips for eyes and one Red Hot for nose. Gently press coconut onto face for beard. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Santa Cupcakes in Quick Cooking December 2000, p41

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Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

"Easy and fun for Christmas!"

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"we loved them"

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"Simple to make and look stunning."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"My granddaughter and I made these cupcakes last year and they were a big hit with all her little friends."

Reviewed Jun. 30, 2009

"We had Christmas in July for Missions in our church. These cupcakes were a big hit. I was the only one to do a Christmas Theme for our bake sale ....Everyone brought a cupcake and these sold out first! Thanmks so much"

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