Santa Hat Cupcakes


This is a fun Christmas cupcake recipe to make with the kids and is supremely easy if you start with store-bought ingredients. I am describing 3 different ways for making the Santa hats. Choose one (and triple the needed ingredients) or decorate them in different ways.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
12 cupcakes


  • 1 (16 ounce) package vanilla frosting, divided

  • 12 unfrosted cupcakes, cooled

  • ¼ cup red colored sugar or sprinkles

  • 4 fresh strawberries, hulled

  • 3 ounces ready-to-use white fondant

  • 2 drops red food coloring, or as needed

  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, or as needed


  1. For the Santa hat cupcakes with sprinkles: Place some of the frosting into a piping bag with a large round tip. Pipe frosting perpendicularly to the center of the cupcake in the shape of a Santa hat, using gradually less pressure to create a cone shape. Cover cone with red colored sugar or red sprinkles. Spoon some frosting into a piping bag with a small star-shaped tip. Pipe frosting around the base of the hat for the rim and pipe a small pom-pom on top. Repeat with 3 more cupcakes.

  2. For the Santa hat cupcakes with strawberries: Frost 4 cupcakes with a thin layer of vanilla frosting. Place a strawberry in the center, with the tip facing up. Pipe a small pom-pom on top of the strawberry using the small star-shaped tip. Pipe frosting around the base of the cupcake using the large round tip to create the hat's rim. Create swirls in the rim with a finger. Repeat with remaining 3 frosted cupcakes.

  3. For the Santa hat cupcakes with fondant: Color white fondant with red food coloring. Sprinkle a work surface with confectioners' sugar and roll out 1/4 of the fondant into a very thin 2 1/2-inch circle. Cut a wedge from the circle, leaving a Pac-Man shape. Use the large round tip to pipe a cone of frosting in the center of each cupcake. Fold the cut edges of the fondant together to create a cone shape and place red fondant hat around the frosting cone. Use the star-shaped tip to pipe frosting around the base for the rim and a small pom-pom on top. Repeat with 3 more cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

335 Calories
12g Fat
56g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 335
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 188mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 53mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.