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cupcakes with red buttercream Santa hat
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Santa Hat Cupcake Recipe

Perfect for your Christmas get together, create these easy Santa Hat cupcakes using some delicious buttercream frosting.
Prep Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cupcake, christmas dessert, christmas party food, cupcake, cupcake recipe, cupcakes, santa cupcake
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 83kcal
Author: Lindsay


  • 12 of your favorite chocolate cupcakes

Butter Cream Frosting

  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp red gel food coloring
  • 6 mini marshmallows


How to make Buttercream Frosting

  • In an electric stand mixer, beat together butter, sugar, and milk on medium speed, gradually increasing it to high.
  • Once the ingredients are combined and form stiff peaks, your buttercream is ready.

How to make your buttercream Santa hat

  • Scoop out about ¼ cup of white buttercream and with an offset spatula, frost each cupcake.
  • Add cocoa to your remaining buttercream and mix on high. Add red gel food coloring and mix until completely tinted.
  • Using a piping bag, pipe out a tall, triangular shape onto each cupcake.
    dollop of red frosting to mimic a Santa hat
  • Cut each mini marshmallow in half and top the buttercream hats. Ho Ho Ho
    chocolate cupcake with red buttercream frosting


Ensure your cupcakes are cool before decorating


Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg