Santa Hat Cupcakes
Easy and simple Santa Hat Cupcakes are made with strawberries and a yummy classic vanilla buttercream frosting. Such a festive holiday cupcake recipe!
Santa Hat Cupcakes
If you are here looking for festive holiday desserts, I have quite a few that I think you need to see! For Christmas Cookies, try these Eggnog cookies.
For simple Christmas Treats, these Peanut Butter Snowballs are perfect.
These Turtle Cookies are sure to impress, I love that they taste exactly like the famous treat, but in cookie form.
Also, you can’t beat a classic, so you need to make these Peanut Butter Confetti Squares at least once a season.
No matter how much we do during the Christmas season, I have time to make out easy Christmas dessert recipes.
Sometimes the easiest baking during the holiday season is simply to adapt the decorating style to suit.
The best Christmas desserts are tasty, themed and fit into the busy holiday season.
Need easy Christmas cupcake ideas? These perfect Santa Cupcakes are such a cute and festive idea for a Christmas cupcake.
They are easy Christmas cupcakes that are incredibly simple to make.
These festive cupcakes are not harder to make when compared to regular cupcakes – just simply decorate on an adorable theme!
When doing my holiday baking, oftentimes I don’t like going for in-your-face typical recipes that include eggnog or peppermint for instance.
Instead I take my tried and true cupcakes, cake, cookies or fudge – then add festive shapes or sprinkles.
Boom, easy right?
The thing I love most about these Santa Hat Cupcakes, aside from the delicious taste of course – is that they are so stinking cute.
Kids and adults alike can’t help but to smile on first glance at these cutest christmas cupcakes.
These christmas chocolate cupcakes are perfect for bringing along to the next holiday party, they’re sure to be a hit and spread that holiday cheer.
How to Make Santa Hat Cupcakes
These Festive Christmas Cupcakes are so super easy, without being an excellent decorator. Here are the ingredients you’ll need.
The full recipe and detailed instructions are below in the printable recipe card.
- all-purpose flour
- baking soda
- baking powder
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- unsalted butter
- white sugar
- vanilla extract
FOR THE VANILLA BUTTERCREAM
- icing sugar / confectioners sugar
- vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- whole milk or heavy cream
- fresh strawberries
To Make: Preheat the oven and line a muffin pan with your choice of christmas cupcake liners (paper liners).
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
In another large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
You can use an electric mixer on medium speed. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla.
Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well. Fill the liners 3/4 full of the cupcake batter.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Place cupcakes on a wire rack to cool.
To Make the buttercream frosting: Place softened butter into a bowl and beat in 2 cups of icing sugar.
Add 2 Tablespoons heavy cream and vanilla.
Add remaining icing sugar 1/2 cup at a time until you reach your desired consistency of fluffy frosting.
Decorate: Spoon the white frosting into a piping bag fitted with a 2D Wilton tip, or other preferred large piping tip such as the 1m tip.
Swirl the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes, starting in the center – moving outwards and then back in and up, being careful not to give the frosting too much height.
While the frosting is soft, press a hulled strawberry on top so that the cut edge is against the frosting.
Add a small dot of frosting to the tip of the strawberry and let set. The end results are Santa Hats made of white icing and strawberries!
Repeat hats with remaining cupcakes.
If your house is really warm, place these cute and delicious cupcake in the refrigerator so they don’t lose shape.
Why I Love this Christmas Cupcake Recipe:
Many Santa Hat Cupcake recipes or Christmas Tree Cupcakes involve making the hat out of frosting, which requires a lot of frosting and can be intimidating for those that are frosting-intimidated.
This is a much simpler and faster way to get the effect, thanks to the help of strawberries and a yummy classic vanilla buttercream frosting.
The great thing is that they are much fun, and NOT much work. Plus they are such elegant cupcakes.
If you are picky with your vanilla frosting and find most to be way too sweet, check out my Dream Whip Icing, I made this one for most of my desserts.
It’s AMAZING and way less sweet than royal icing.
To Store, place these perfect cupcakes in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
I adore this Christmas cupcake, it’s yummy and impressive! North pole theme, easily made!
For More Christmas Cupcake Recipes:
Also make sure to make these Eggnog Cupcakes. This is another of our favourite easy christmas cupcake recipes.
This isn’t a themed cupcakes recipe per say, yet you can easily use this recipe and also make a Santa Hat decoration on top.
Yet for a gingerbread flavor, try these Salted Caramel Gingerbread Cupcakes!
Your busy holiday season needs a No-Bake recipe, so try our delicious Easy Eggnog Pie.
Santa Hat Cupcakes
Easy and simple Santa Hat Cupcakes made with strawberries and a yummy classic vanilla buttercream frosting. Festive holiday cupcake recipe
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
FOR THE VANILLA BUTTERCREAM
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3-4 cups icing sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- 2-3 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
- Strawberries, can use red frosting instead, green trimmed
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Line a muffin pan with themed cupcake liners.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla.
- Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well. Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full.
- Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
For the frosting
- Place softened butter into a bowl and beat in 2 cups of icing sugar. Add 2 Tablespoons heavy cream and vanilla.
- Add remaining icing sugar 1/2 cup at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
- Spoon the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a 2D Wilton tip, or other preferred large piping tip.
- Swirl the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes, starting in the center - moving outwards and then back in and up, being careful not to give the frosting too much height.
- While the frosting is soft, press a hulled strawberry on top so that the cut edge is against the frosting.
- Add a small dot of frosting to the tip of the strawberry and let set.
- Repeat with remaining cupcakes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 24 cupcakes
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 226Saturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 110mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 1g
How adorable and simple to make, the only tough thing will be finding strawberries that really taste. 🙂
Thsee are do cute I’m going to make them
What a great idea. They are adorable. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas an a Blessed 2017.
These are friggin cute! I little healthy strawberry mixed into the holiday baking is just a perfect way to keep things balanced 🙂
These are adorable cupcakes and even I could make them lol
These are really cute and we can say they are healthy because of the strawberries right!!
These look super cute!! And yummy!! Our girls would enjoy making them 🙂
These cupcakes look delicious and really cute. I love how you’ve made them look like a hat with a pom pom on the end
Very cute and festive cupcakes, a sure crowd pleaser.
These are so cute. I will have to make them for my daughters get together. If I can find strawberries that are less than costco at $7+. LOL
These cupcakes are cute and look delicious too!
Love the combination of chocolate and fresh strawberries. These are super cute, and relatively easy; my favourite combo :-0
oh my gosh! these are so cute and so easy to make!! and I love that its a mixture of sweetness and healthiness but added the fruit lol. that’s what will make me feel better anyways after i have a few of them
What a great idea love this!
So adorable, and yummy looking!! Very creative.
These are so cute and I love that they are simple to make!
Such an easy Cheistmas treat! Thanks for the idea.
How cute! And so easy to decorate which is a bonus! Thanks for the recipe!
wow,i am so impressed with these santa hat cupcakes they will be perfect for my party!
These sounds delish! Not only that easy! I think these would be a hit at my aunts Christmas party this weekend! Gonna try them!
these are brilliant and seem totally doable!! Definitely saving for next year!
These cupcakes are just so adorable and perfect for the season.The strawberries are making me crave them even more!!
I never seem to stop baking. I made a caramel cheesecake for one of my grandsons and his partner after Christmas, which they loved. I baked a wonderful batch of all bran muffins that contained bran, all bran, molasses, brown sugar, walnuts, seeds, chocolate chips, oil, milk and flour. They were absolutely wonderful. I am planning on making another batch as the first on has vanished.
Those Santa hat cupcakes look real good.
They are really cute
These are so adorable! I’m making these for Christmas Eve this year. Thanks so much.
I’m trying to make these cupcakes and the instructions say to add the milk, but you do not have milk listed in the ingredients. So I’m half way through and don’t know how much milk to add-
These are so super cute!
I love the look of the cupcakes but I would cheat and buy a mix!
Wondering how I might make these without sugar for my 18mo old… maybe date sugar and just whipped cream for the frosting? Maybe some Collagen to set it or gelatin?
Hi Jasmine, How about this frosting? It’s my favorite, so good! https://myorganizedchaos.net/dream-whip-icing-frosting-that-is-light-and-not-too-sweet