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


  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 82088
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

"Easy and fun for Christmas!"

scott5625 43190
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"we loved them"

tam145 43126
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"Simple to make and look stunning."

Frances Hatfield 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 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 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 66885
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2008

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

corky845 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 43121
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2008

"Looks great!

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

ky_minx 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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