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Santa Cupcakes

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Makes

about 1-1/2 dozen

My kids leave out at least one cupcake for Santa on Christmas Eve. These seemed appropriate! —Sharon Skildum, Maple Grove, Minnesota
Santa Cupcakes Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting (about 1-2/3 cups)
  • Red gel or paste food coloring
  • Miniature marshmallows
  • Brown M&M's minis
  • Red Hots
  • Red jimmies
  • Sweetened shredded coconut

Directions

  1. Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions for cupcakes, filling paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; cool completely.
  2. Tint 2/3 cup frosting red with food coloring. Place 3 tablespoons white frosting in a food-safe plastic bag; cut a 1/4-in. hole in one corner and reserve for piping.
  3. Use remaining white frosting to cover two-thirds of each cupcake. For hats, cover remaining third of each cupcake with red frosting. Pipe fur trim with white frosting; add marshmallows for pompoms. Decorate with M&M's, Red Hots and jimmies for faces; add coconut for beards.

Nutrition Facts

1 cupcake: 276 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 249mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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