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Santa Hat Cupcakes

These Santa hat cupcakes are simple to make but look like a million bucks. These Christmas cupcakes look just like a santa hat and have the most amazing homemade buttercream frosting.
Course christmas dessert, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas Cupcakes, Santa Cupcakes, Santa Hat Cupcakes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 540kcal
Author Lauren


Vanilla Buttercream Ingredients

Vanilla Cupcake Ingredients

Cupcake Ingredients

  • Red Food Coloring


Vanilla Buttercream directions

  • In your mixer’s bowl mix butter and shortening.
  • Once mixed add in the vanilla extract
  • Then add in the confectioners sugar and mix it little bit little until the sugar is incorporated into the butter/shortening mixture.
  • Add water and mix until everything is fully incorporated and your buttercream is nice and fluffy.

Cupcake Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line your cupcake pans with your choose of cupcake wrappers.
  • Place your self-rising flour, cake flour, and sugar in the bowl of your mixer. Mix them together for a minute or two until they are well combined.
  • Cut your butter into tablespoon pieces. Slowly add your butter into the flour mixture one piece at a time continue mixing until you have reached the texture of sand.
  • Pour half of your milk into the flour mixture and mix just until the milk is incorporated. Use your rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of your bowl. Add your remaining milk and the vanilla to your batter and mix until combined.
  • Slowly add in one egg at a time to the cake batter, making sure each egg is incorporated before adding the next egg.
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared cupcake pan, filling them 3/4 of the way full.
  • Bake for 10 minutes then rotate the cake pans so the pan that was on the top rack is now on the bottom and the pan that was on the bottom is now on the top rack. Continue to bake for another 10-13 minute until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cupcake.
  • Transfer the cupcakes to a cooling rack until they have reached room temperature.

Santa hat Cupcakes Directions

  • First make a batch of your cupcakes and let them cool completely. You can pick whatever flavor for the cupcakes that you want to.
  • Next make a double batch of frosting. Pick from Marshmallow Buttercream, cream cheese frosting or  favorite Vanilla Buttercream Recipe.
  • Split your frosting into 2 bowls once it is finished being made, putting 70% of the frosting in one bowl and 30% of the frosting in another.
  • Take the larger amount of frosting and color it red using food coloring. You can use either gel or liquid food coloring, whichever you prefer. I prefer the gel but it is all personal preference. Add food coloring and mix until you get a deep red color that is the same color as Santa's hat.
  • Place your large round pastry tip in one pastry bag and fill it with the red buttercream. Using the pastry bag pipe a frosting swirl on top of your cupcake. Pipe a red frosting swirl on all cupcakes until they are all topped with red frosting, refilling the pastry bag as needed with your bowl of red frosting.
  • Get your second pastry bag and place your star pastry tip in your pastry bag and fill it with the white frosting. Holding the pastry tip against the bottom of the red frosting press lightly on the pastry bag to pipe a small star of frosting. Continue around the base of the red frosting until the bottom is covered. Do this for each cupcake.
  • Then using the white frosting and the star tip piping bag make a star at the top of the red frosting swirl to put a star on Santa's hat.



Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 192mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 708IU | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg