Santa Hat Christmas Cupcakes

These Santa Hat Christmas Cupcakes are simple to make and are great for the kids to help with too! You can serve them at a party, give treats to the neighbors, classroom party and more! With just a handful of supplies, that I bet you already have, you can make these fun Christmas Cupcakes!

Mini Vanilla Cupcakes decorated with Santa Hats

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Vanilla Cupcakes with sprinkles and Santa Hat

Some of my favorite memories are not big, crazy holiday where we ran non-stop, drove to every family member that invited us, or had no time to even talk to each other. ⁠
It’s the small things – like Love Buckets on Valentine’s Day, Countdown Bags on New Year’s Eve, a Meatloaf shaped like a Jack O’ Lantern and YES, decorating cupcakes with the kids!

THIS is why I am on a mission – why I want to help YOU build those special memories with your family as well! ⁠
BUT here’s the thing my friend – we are busy, EVERY.SINGLE.PERSON is busy – so let’s simplify these special days.

Cupcakes frosting sprinkles strawberries

Santa Hat Christmas Cupcakes

Supplies

  • Cupcakes – mini or regular size – whatever size you like best (read the tips below on how to make a box mix taste like homemade)
  • Frosting – Buttercream is our favorite (read the tips below on how to make the frosting super white)
  • Decorator Bags
  • Icing Tips – Large Round and Star Tip – I used round tip #2A and Star Tip #21 for Santa’s Hat
  • Sprinkles – your favorite Christmas sprinkles 
  • Strawberries

Vanilla Cupcake with sprinkles

First you will need cupcakes, any flavor will be just fine. You can bake them in either mini or regular size. 

TIPS for Doctoring a Cake Mix to Taste more like Homemade

Begin by setting out all the ingredients – you will need 

  • Cake Mix – your favorite flavor
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • Buttermilk to replace the amount of liquid on the box
  • Vegetable Oil – the amount on the box
  • Vanilla Extract
  1. Add eggs to a measuring cup or bowl full of really hot water to get them to room temperature quickly – or leave them out on the counter until they are warmed up
  2. To make your own Buttermilk – add about 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar to a measuring cup and then fill with milk to the amount of liquid on the box. For example – if the box calls for 1 cup of water, substitute with 1 cup of buttermilk
  3. Add the cake mix to a large mixing bowl and using a whisk, break up any clumps in the cake mix, the finer you can get it the better, it will make the batter really smooth
  4. Add eggs, buttermilk, oil (the amount the directions on the box calls for) and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. 
  5. Mix until well blended
  6. Divide batter into cupcake liners using a cookie dough scoop
  7. You should get 36 mini cupcakes or 24 regular size cupcakes from 1 box mix
  8. Bake at 350 degrees – mini cupcakes should take 8-10 minutes, and regular size cupcakes should take 12-15 minutes, depending on your oven. 

After the cupcakes are baked and cooled, it’s time to decorate them. You will need – 

TIP for super white Buttercream Frosting – use Clear Vanilla Extract instead of regular

  1. Add Buttercream Frosting to a decorator bag fitted with a #2A round tip
  2. Swirl frosting onto cupcake in one layer
  3. Immediately dip the edges of the cupcakes into the sprinkles

Strawberry made into Santa Hat

To create Santa’s Hat, you will need strawberries and frosting. 

TIP on Strawberries: Cut off the stem of the strawberry and lay them down – cut side down – on a piece of paper towel. This will help prevent the strawberry juice from leaking onto the cupcake. 

  1. Add Buttercream Frosting to a decorator bag fitted with a #21 Star Tip
  2. Pipe on a topper for Santa’s Hat

Vanilla Cupcake with Santa Hat

Add strawberry to the cupcake and you are done. 

Vanilla Cupcakes with Santa Hats

Santa Hat Christmas Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes with sprinkles and Santa Hat

Santa Hat Christmas Cupcakes

Yield: 36 cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These Santa Hat Christmas Cupcakes are simple to make and are great for the kids to help with too! You can serve them at a party, give treats to the neighbors, classroom party and more! With just a handful of supplies, that I bet you already have, you can make these fun Christmas Cupcakes!

Ingredients

  • 1 box cake mix
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • Buttermilk - to replace the amount of liquid on the box
  • Vegetable Oil - the amount on the box
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Frosting
  • Strawberries
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

    Add eggs to a measuring cup or bowl full of really hot water to get them to room temperature quickly – or leave them out on the counter until they are warmed up

    To make your own Buttermilk – add about 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar to a measuring cup and then fill with milk to the amount of liquid on the box. For example – if the box calls for 1 cup of water, substitute with 1 cup of buttermilk

    Add the cake mix to a large mixing bowl and using a whisk, break up any clumps in the cake mix, the finer you can get it the better, it will make the batter really smooth

    Add eggs, buttermilk, oil (the amount the directions on the box calls for) and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. 

    Mix until well blended

    Divide batter into cupcake liners using a cookie dough scoop

    You should get 36 mini cupcakes or 24 regular size cupcakes from 1 box mix

    Bake at 350 degrees – mini cupcakes should take 8-10 minutes, and regular size cupcakes should take 12-15 minutes, depending on your oven. 

    Cool cupcakes completely on a wire rack

    DECORATE

    Add Buttercream Frosting to a decorator bag fitted with a #2A round tip

    Swirl frosting onto cupcake in one layer

    Immediately dip the edges of the cupcakes into the sprinkles

    Add Buttercream Frosting to a decorator bag fitted with a #21 Star Tip

    Pipe on a topper for Santa’s Hat

    TIP on Strawberries: Cut off the stem of the strawberry and lay them down – cut side down – on a piece of paper towel. This will help prevent the strawberry juice from leaking onto the cupcake. 

    Add strawberry to the cupcake and you are done. 

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