Show these Simple Santa Cupcakes to your kids, and they will be begging to make them with you. Christmas baking doesn’t get much simpler than this. No decorating experience, no problem! These cupcakes are so easy, even the smallest of children can help make them.
‘Tis the season to whip up some merry and delightful treats, and today, we’re diving headfirst into the jolly world of holiday baking. If you’re looking to spread some sweet Christmas cheer, look no further because we’ve got a recipe that’ll have Santa himself doing a little happy dance.
I’ll show you step-by-step how to create adorable Santa Cupcakes that are not only a joy to make but also a delightful sight to behold. These cupcakes are decked out with all the good stuff – mini marshmallows for Santa’s snowy beard, chocolate chips for his eyes, festive sprinkles for his hat, and red hots for his nose.
So, roll up your sleeves, dust off your apron, and get ready to sleigh the dessert game this holiday season. Whether you’re baking for a festive gathering or just want to surprise the kiddos (and the young at heart), these Simple Santa Cupcakes are bound to bring smiles, laughter, and lots of “Ho Ho Ho!” to your kitchen. Let’s dive in and make some sweet memories together! 🎅🧁✨
Ingredients for Simple Santa Cupcakes
You’ll need a boxed cake mix and the ingredients listed on the box to make cupcakes (I like to use white cake mix, but any flavor will work), butter, milk, vanilla, powdered sugar, mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, red hots, and red sparkling sugar.
Prepare cupcakes following the directions on your boxed cake mix. Set aside and allow to cool. I used some red striped cupcake liners, but I wish I had seen the Santa Suit Treat Wraps below first! They are perfect for these cupcakes!
Now for the frosting! You can purchase ready to spread frosting or make your own. To make the frosting, cream butter in a medium bowl. Next, slowly add in the powdered sugar and milk. Continue mixing until everything is incorporated. Transfer frosting into a piping bag or zippered plastic bag and clip corner to pipe. Frost each cupcake.
How to Decorate Simple Santa Cupcakes
Now for the fun part! Use a knife or small spatula to mark the upper third of the cupcake. Sprinkle red sparkling sugar above that mark to make a hat as you hold the spatula in place to avoid getting the sprinkles on Santa’s face.
Cut each mini marshmallow in half (kitchen scissors work great for this!) and gather those toppings!
Arrange mini marshmallows to make a fur band around the hat, add a ball on the end of the hat, and make Santa’s beard. Use a Red Hot for Santa’s nose and two upside-down mini chocolate chips for his eyes.
Isn’t he the most adorable Santa you’ve ever seen?
I hope you’ve enjoyed following along with this recipe as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing it with you. Remember, the beauty of holiday baking is in the love and joy you pour into each creation. Whether you’re making these cupcakes for your family, friends, or just to spread some cheer at the office, one thing’s for sure – they’ll be a hit.
So, don your Santa hat, crank up those Christmas tunes, and let the scent of freshly baked cupcakes fill your home. The holidays are all about making memories, and what better way to do that than with a batch of these jolly, merry, and absolutely scrumptious Santa Cupcakes?
From my kitchen to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas, filled with love, laughter, and plenty of tasty treats. May your days be merry and your cupcakes extra sweet. Cheers to a season of delicious delights, and may your heart be as warm as the oven you’ve been baking in. Happy holidays, and happy baking! 🎅🧁✨
Simple Santa Cupcakes
- 1 box Cake Mix and ingredients listed on the box
- ½ cup Butter softened
- 1 Tbsp Milk
- ½ tsp Vanilla
- 2 cups Powdered Sugar
- 48 Mini Chocolate Chips
- 10 oz bag Mini Marshmallows
- 24 Red Candy Decorations like Red Hots
- Red Sparkling Sugar
- Line muffin pan with paper liners.
- Mix and bake cupcakes according to box directions.
- Transfer to wire racks to cool.
- Cream butter in a medium bowl.
- Slowly add in the powdered sugar and milk. Continue mixing until everything is incorporated.
- Transfer to piping bag or zippered plastic bag and clip corner to pipe.
- Frost each cupcake.
- Use a knife or small spatula to mark the upper third of the cupcake. Sprinkle red sparkling sugar above that mark to make a hat as you hold the spatula in place to avoid getting the sprinkles on Santa’s face.
- Cut each mini marshmallow in half. Kitchen scissors work great for this.
- Place mini marshmallows to make a fur band around the hat, add a ball on the end of the hat, and make Santa’s beard.
- Use a Red Hot for Santa’s nose and two upside-down mini chocolate chips for his eyes.