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Santa Cupcakes Recipe

Santa Cupcakes Recipe

My kids leave out at least one cupcake for Santa on Christmas Eve. These seemed appropriate! —Sharon Skildum, Maple Grove, MN
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:18 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting (about 1-2/3 cups)
  • Red gel or paste food coloring
  • Miniature marshmallows
  • Brown M&M's minis
  • Red Hots
  • Red jimmies
  • Sweetened shredded coconut


  • 1. Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions for cupcakes, filling paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; cool completely.
  • 2. Tint 2/3 cup frosting red with food coloring. Place 3 tablespoons white frosting in a food-safe plastic bag; cut a 1/4-in. hole in one corner and reserve for piping.
  • 3. Use remaining white frosting to cover two-thirds of each cupcake. For hats, cover remaining third of each cupcake with red frosting. Pipe fur trim with white frosting; add marshmallows for pom-poms. Decorate with M&M's, Red Hots and jimmies for faces; add coconut for beards. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake: 276 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 249mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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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."

maharet User ID: 2452647 29001
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2008

"or more mini marshmallows for a beard"

TAWest64 User ID: 3660738 81205
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2008

"As an alternative to the coconut you could shave some white chocolate bark.

These are adorable!"

ky_minx User ID: 3197174 66649
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2008

"These are adorable!! Other than being creative with frosting, does anyone have suggestions for an alternative to the coconut for the beard?"

nobonesaboutit2 User ID: 3449434 27209
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2008

"Try placing red frosting in a plastic bag also and cut the tip off to frost top of cupcake. I found it less messy."

oeg1kallee User ID: 152044 88109
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2008

"I will be making these for a church event this weekend!!"

allenandsharon User ID: 2836729 28883
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2008

"These are so cute I am going to have to try this around Christmas time. 

Sharon Auernheimer from Merced, Ca"

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