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Santa Cupcakes

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


  • 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


  • Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions for
  • cupcakes. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to
  • cool completely.
  • 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.
  • 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.