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.
Recommended: 11 Santa-Shaped Treats
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 sweetened shredded coconut


  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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Noncookinmama User ID: 5445144 82088
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

"Easy and fun for Christmas!"

scott5625 User ID: 2515987 43190
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"we loved them"

tam145 User ID: 1527525 43126
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"Simple to make and look stunning."

Frances Hatfield User ID: 2195181 203895
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

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

nanagale42557 User ID: 4158581 82087
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"

dmgiblin User ID: 2150746 83338
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2008

"Made these for The Ronald McDonald House that I volunteer with plus a batch for my daughter's 20th birthday. They were perfect and quite easy. I substituted a red mini m&m for the nose. Will definitely make again next year."

emigh User ID: 105870 66885
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2008

"I had so much fun making these, and they were a great hit with my family."

corky845 User ID: 3026552 33665
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2008

"These were very good and easy to make except I though it would be easier to use red frosting in a tube for the hat. It was easy to work with, but when I took them from the refrigerator to our destination the red icing ran and was a little messy and not as pretty as when they were first made."

Becky Kendall User ID: 2747191 43121
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2008

"Looks great!

I Have some Red Silicone cupcake cups. Will look festive.

ky_minx User ID: 3197174 33661
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2008

"Thanks for the ideas for an alternative to coconut. I'm almost embarrassed that I didn't think of that on my own. It also sparked the thought of using shavings from candy bars that are made of white chocolate."

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