If you are looking for a fun and festive holiday cupcake, make Santa Hat Cupcakes. We start with a cake mix and top with homemade icing to make a Santa Hat.

Santa Hat Cupcakes on a cake stand
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These Santa cupcakes are the perfect holiday dessert recipe. We start with a cake mix and then top the cupcakes with a homemade icing to make the Santa Hats. Which makes these Santa Cupcakes so fun and festive.

Save time and money and make these easy Christmas Cupcakes. Your guest will be impressed and will be beautiful displayed on your holiday dessert table.

Why We Love This Recipe:

These festive cupcakes are perfect for you next holiday party. They are fun to decorate and easy to make. My kids love to decorate these cupcakes for a great treat.

These cupcakes would be perfect to top with red and white sprinkles to make them even more festive.

Ingredients

Ingredients needed - chocolate cake mix, red cupcake liners, shortening, butter, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, milk, red food coloring
  • Chocolate Cake Mix (Plus the ingredients to prepare the cake mix based on the package instructions)
  • Red Cupcake Liners

For the Icing:

  • Solid Vegetable Shortening
  • Butter softened at room temperature
  • Clear Vanilla Extract
  • Confectioners’ Sugar sifted
  • Milk
  • Red Gel Food Coloring

For the full recipe and ingredients, scroll to the bottom to see the recipe card.

Variations:

  • Strawberry – Instead of using red frosting, you can top the cupcake with a strawberry for a fun variation.
  • Change the Cake – We used a chocolate cake mix, but feel free to use another cake mix. Red velvet Cupcakes or a vanilla cake are always good options.
  • Change the Frosting – We made a vanilla buttercream frosting, but you use a cream cheese frosting. You can also use store bought frosting and place it in the piping bag.
  • Powdered Sugar – Dust the top of the Santa Hat frosting with powdered sugar. It will make it look like there is snow on top.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips – You can even top the hat with mini chocolate chips.
  • Cupcake Holders – Feel free to change the cupcake holders. You can use green or holiday print cupcake holders.

Step by Step Instructions:

Cooling cupcakes on wire rack

Step 1 – Prepare the chocolate cake mix based on the cupcake batter instructions with an electric mixer or stand mixer. Line muffin pan using the red cupcake liners then bake in the oven. The cool cupcakes to room temperature.

Beating the butter and shortening together in a bowl with beaters

Step 2 – In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and butter until combined and smooth.

Adding in the powdered sugar to the shortening and butter mixture

Step 3 – Then slowly add in the confectioners’ sugar (1 cup at a time) on low speed until well combined. Then stir in the vanilla extract and milk until combined.

Mixing in the red food coloring to the frosting in a bowl

Step 4 – Split the icing into 2 mixing bowls. Place approximately 70% of the icing in 1 bowl and 30% in another.  Then add a few drops of the red food coloring until the bowl with the larger amount of icing in it.  Stir until the frosting is a vibrant red coloring.

Adding the red frosting to the cupcakes on a cooling rack

Step 5 – Place the red frosting in a piping bag with a large round pastry tip.  Then pipe a red frosting swirl on top of each cupcake.

Placing santa hat cupcakes placed in a cooling on a wire rack

Step 6 – Place the white frosting in a piping bag with a star tip.  Use this pastry bag to pipe small star shapes around the base on the red frosting.  Then top each of the cupcakes with a small star on top of the red frosting to resemble the top puff on the Santa hat. Serve and Enjoy!

Expert Tips:

  • Christmas Cupcake – We love to makes these cupcakes for our holiday parties. They are easy to make and using a piping bag makes to easily decorate the tops.
  • Pastry Tip – Frost the cupcakes with a piping bag fitted with pastry tip. We like to use different tops to give that extra decoration.
  • Make Ahead – If you have a lot of holiday baking like I do, you can easily prepare these Santa Cupcakes ahead of time.
Santa Hat Cupcakes on a cake stand

How to Store:

Place your leftovers in an air tight container at room temperature. The cupcakes will stay light and fluffy if stored properly.

We recommend storing in a cupcake container so they are stored so the lid doesn’t mess up the frosting.

Santa Hat Cupcakes on a cake stand

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Santa Hat Cupcakes

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If you are looking for a fun and festive holiday cupcake, make Santa Hat Cupcakes. We start with a cake mix and top with homemade icing to make a Santa Hat.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 378

Ingredients

  • 1 Chocolate Cake Mix Plus the ingredients to prepare the cake mix based on the package instructions
  • Red Cupcake Liners

FOR THE ICING:

  • 1 cup Solid Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 cup Butter softened at room temperature
  • 2 tsp Clear Vanilla Extract
  • 8 cups Confectioners’ Sugar sifted
  • 4 Tbsp Milk
  • Red Gel Food Coloring

Instructions

  • Prepare the chocolate cake mix based on the cupcake instructions using the red cupcake liners.
  • Allow the cupcakes to cool completely at room temperature.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and butter until combined and smooth.
  • Then slowly add in the confectioners’ sugar (1 cup at a time) on low speed until well combined.
  • Then stir in the vanilla extract and milk until combined.
  • Split the icing into 2 mixing bowls.
  • Place approximately 70% of the icing in 1 bowl and 30% in another.
  • Then add a few drops of the red food coloring until the bowl with the larger amount of icing in it.  Stir until the frosting is a vibrant red coloring.
  • Place the red frosting in a piping bag with a large round pastry tip.  Then pipe a red frosting swirl on top of each cupcake.
  • Place the white frosting in a piping bag with a star tip.  Use this pastry bag to pipe small star shapes around the base on the red frosting.  Then top each of the cupcakes with a small star on top of the red frosting to resemble the top puff on the santa hat.
  • Then the cupcakes are ready to serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 378kcal, Carbohydrates 53g, Protein 1g, Fat 19g, Saturated Fat 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat 4g, Monounsaturated Fat 7g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 21mg, Sodium 211mg, Potassium 67mg, Fiber 0.4g, Sugar 46g, Vitamin A 241IU, Calcium 33mg, Iron 1mg

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