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Mini Red Velvet Santa Hat Cupcakes

  • Prep 15min
  • Total55min
  • Servings48

Adorable mini Red Velvet Cupcakes topped with strawberry santa hats perfect for holiday gatherings.MORE+LESS-

ByBaker Peabody

Updated March 20, 2017



box (15.25 oz) Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Cake Mix Red Velvet


can (16 oz) Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy Vanilla Frosting


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  • 1

    Prepare cake batter according to directions.

  • 2

    Line a mini muffin pan with mini muffin liners. Using a mini cookie scoop or a spoon add batter 2/3 of the way up the mini cupcake liner. Bake at 350°F for 13 minutes.

  • 3

    While cupcakes are baking, use a knife cut off the top of the strawberry where the stem and leaves are to make a flat hat.

  • 4

    Slice a little off the bottom of the strawberry.

  • 5

    Pipe a little dot of frosting on top of the “hat” and add a mini marshmallow.

  • 6

    Remove cupcakes from oven and allow to cool.

  • 7

    You have the option of removing the cake liner as it will give it more of a dramatic look with the red cake showing.

  • 8

    Pipe frosting in a circular motion on to the top of the cupcakes to form the bottom of Santa’s hat. If you prefer, you can smooth out the frosting before topping with the strawberry Santa hats.

  • 9

    Top the cupcakes with the Santa hat strawberries.

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More About This Recipe

  • The holidays are in full swing, and Santa will be sliding down your chimney before you know it.So why not make these Santa Hat Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes for your upcoming holiday gatherings?They may look complicated, but they're pretty darn easy. Using Betty Crocker products helps to cut down the time.The recipe makes 48 cupcakes, so it's perfect for a holiday party crowd!Happy Holidays!

Tag: summer cupcakes

Mojitos are a favourite cocktail in my family, especially when Mum’s lime tree is fruiting (which seems to be almost constantly!) These fresh and zingy cupcakes incorporate all the classic flavours of a mojito – lime, mint and a cheeky hint of rum. I took a batch to a Mexican fiesta night recently and they were a huge hit, as they’re just the right light dessert for when you’ve stuffed in one too many tacos.

Feel free to omit the rum to make them kid-friendly.

Ingredients (makes 12)
1 cup self-raising flour
⅔ cup caster sugar
125g butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
Rind of 2 limes, finely grated

Mojito Syrup
1 tablespoon caster sugar
2 tablespoons white rum (I use Bacardi)
Juice of 3 limes
A sprig of fresh mint leaves

90g butter
4 cups icing sugar
Leftover mojito syrup
Juice of half a lime
Rind of 1 lime, finely grated
½ tablespoon milk

Lime slices
Mint leaves
Paper straws (cut into thirds)

Preheat oven to 200ºC (180 fan-forced) and line a 12-hole muffin tin with green patty pans.

Put all of the ingredients except for the milk into a food processor and blitz until smooth. Pulse while adding the milk until just combined.

Divide batter evenly among the patty pans (I know it doesn’t look like much batter, but they will rise a lot).

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Transfer immediately onto a wire rack to cool completely.

While the cupcakes are cooling, make the mojito syrup by heating all ingredients in a small saucepan over a medium-high heat until it has thickened to a syrupy texture (about 8 minutes). Strain through a fine sieve to remove the mint leaves.

Using a skewer, poke holes in the tops of the cupcakes (about 10 per cake). Carefully dip the top of the cupcakes into the mojito syrup. Leave to soak for a few minutes and repeat.

To make the icing, beat the butter until it is light and fluffy. Add icing sugar, remaining mojito syrup, lime juice, rind and milk and beat until smooth and creamy. Taste the frosting and add more lime juice as required to ensure it is tangy. Add further icing sugar to stiffen the mixture, or milk to loosen it. Transfer into a piping bag with the Wilton 1M star tip.

Pipe icing in a softserve motion on the cupcakes, starting from the outside and working your way into the centre and up.

Slice a lime into 6 thin rounds and then cut them in half again to make thin wedges. Top each cupcake with a lime wedge, straw and mint leaves. Enjoy!

Base cupcake recipe adapted from Nigella Lawson’s How to be a Domestic Goddess

Santa Hat Cupcakes

Looking for a last-minute dessert idea for Christmas? Something to delight kids and adults alike? Santa Hat Cupcakes are here to save your sanity and your dinner party!

These charming cupcake toppers are fast and easy to make, but they’re so adorable, people will think you’re a culinary genius. You can even enlist the kids to help you assemble them! You need just a few ingredients and about 15 minutes to make these Santa Hats, and they can be made in advance and kept for days (or weeks!) until you’re actually ready to use them.

To really drive home the Santa theme, I found these cute Santa’s belt cupcake wrappers at Michael’s craft store–aren’t they perfect?! I chose to use red velvet cupcakes, and vanilla frosting topped with sparkling white sugar crystals to complete the red-and-white theme, but you can use your favorite cupcake and frosting recipe.

You can even use these hats on a larger cake–for instance, place them in a circle around the top, so each cake slice has an individual hat. However you choose to use them, they’re sure to brighten your holiday dessert table. Ready to get going? Here’s what you’ll need:

Santa Hat Cupcakes
yield: 12 cupcakes


  • 12 waffle cones
  • 6 mini marshmallows
  • 9 oz (1 1/2 cups) red melting chocolate wafers or sparkling sugar
  • Frosted cupcakes (or mini cupcakes!)

Using a sharp serrated knife, gently saw through the waffle cones. If you’re making standard-size cupcakes, give yourself about 2 1/2-3 inches for a Santa Hat, and if you’re making mini cupcakes, keep it closer to 2 inches or a little under, so the hats will be proportional to the cupcakes. Don’t worry if the bottoms aren’t completely even–after dipping them in the red coating and sprinkles, all the little imperfections will disappear.

Cut the mini marshmallows in half, leaving you with 12 marshmallow halves.

Place the red melting chocolate wafers in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second increments until melted and smooth, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating.

Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment. Submerge one of the waffle cone tips in the red coating, and push it down so it’s completely covered.

Use a wooden skewer to fish it out of the coating and hold it over the bowl until all the excess drips back down into the bowl.

Transfer the dipped cone to the baking sheet—you can use a fingertip on top the cone to make the process more stable, if you need to. Press a mini marshmallow firmly on top of the cone. Repeat the process until all of the cones are dipped and have a marshmallow topper. Refrigerate the tray briefly to set the cones, for about 10 minutes.

Re-warm the red coating, if necessary. Put the white nonpareils or sparkling sugar in a small bowl. Dip the bottom of a cone into the coating, coming about 1/4-inch up from the bottom, then press the bottom of the cone into the white nonpareils.

Put the santa hat back onto the baking sheet and repeat until the rest of the hats have the white sprinkles on the bottom.

Store the Santa Hats in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to use. Pop them on top of cupcakes, mini cupcakes, or even a full-sized cake!

15 Festive Christmas Cupcakes

The fabulousness of cupcakes is that you get your very own cake all to yourself. No sharing, no need for a fork, just you and your moment of cake bliss. And the great thing about baking cupcakes for the holidays is that you can go simple or all out.

You can go for classic flavors like chocolate and peppermint, or you can decorate with intricate snowflakes or Christmas trees that will make you the highlight of the party.

However you decide, your cupcakes this holiday season will be a joy to kids and adults alike.

Looking for more delicious and festive holiday recipes? Be sure to check my Cherry Cheesecake Cookies, Cranberry Bars, and Turtle Cookie Balls!

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Thursday 7th of November 2019

So this Christmas the baking group that I’m in is doing a cupcake exchange and this really helped me pick what flavor I’m going to do and gave me a few wonderful ideas. Thank you so much ❣️

Monday 11th of November 2019

Thanks so much for stopping by, Stephanie! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie

Saturday 2nd of December 2017

We love Christmas Cupcakes! Nothing says a festive holiday like a cupcake!

Monday 11th of December 2017

Happy Holidays to you and yours! -Jamie

Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen

Tuesday 22nd of December 2015

Thank you so much for including me in this yummy round-up! All of these look amazing!!

Thursday 17th of December 2015

Jamie - you're a legend. thank you for sharing your recipes with us :) Merry Christmas from Papua New Guinea

Tuesday 15th of December 2015

Hey Jamie, cup cakes looks yummy! wonderful decoration of the cupcakes. Thank you for sharing.

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Hi, thanks so much for stopping by. I&rsquom Jamie and I bake too much, watch way more hours of Food Network programming than I care to admit publicly, I stay up too late, and eat way too much sugar.

Red velvet cupcakes

1. Preheat the oven to 170°C fan. Fill the muffin tray with paper cases.

2. In a bowl, mix the cocoa powder, vanilla essence and red colouring together, then gradually add as much buttermilk as required (about 50ml) to form a loose paste. Set aside.

3. Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Gradually mix in the eggs, then add in the coloured cocoa paste to the mixture. Sieve the flour, baking powder, bread soda and salt together and gradually fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.

4. Gradually whisk in the remaining buttermilk to a smooth batter. Fill the 12 paper cases evenly with the coloured cake batter, about two-thirds full.

5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until nicely risen and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool fully in the tin before icing.

6. To make the icing, using an electric mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese together until lump free. Add in the sieved icing sugar in three batches, beating till smooth, lastly mix in the orange zest. If you only have one piping nozzle set aside a third of the icing which will remain uncoloured.

7. Then colour the remaining two-thirds of the icing by mixing ¼ tsp red colouring into it, and fill a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle before piping from the outside inwards to give a peaked effect. Clean the nozzle and place it into a second piping bag with the white icing and pipe a base rim, then a single bobble on the centre of each peak.

Variation: Instead of red icing, make mini cupcakes and use fresh strawberries to create a Santa hat with a quarter of the amount of white icing for the rim and bobble.

Cute and Easy Christmas Cupcake Ideas

Here are 20 fun cupcake ideas for Christmas guaranteed to secure your spot on Santa’s nice list.

1. North Pole Santa Cupcakes by Artsy Momma: You can’t get more Christmas-y than these adorable cupcakes. Complete with Santa lollipops and peppermint candy sticks, they’re the perfect choice for a classroom party or holiday bake sale.

2. Red Velvet Christmas Holly Cupcakes by Artsy Momma: If you want delicious cupcakes that make a big impression with very little effort, make these! You’ll love the flavor combination of delicious red velvet cake paired with sweet and refreshing peppermint icing.

3. Santa Cupcakes by Baking Beauty: No decorating skills are required for these charming Santa-themed cupcakes. Mini marshmallows and red sparkling sugar do the heavy lifting on this design.

4. Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes by Sally’s Baking Addiction: Vanilla cupcakes are lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and have a peach jam center. Top with your favorite festive candies for a festive look.

5. Hot Chocolate Cupcakes by Swanky Recipes: Filled with decadent chocolate praline and topped with rich frosting, mini marshmallows and crushed peppermint candy, these cupcakes are the ultimate holiday dessert.

6. Cranberry and White Chocolate Cupcakes by Flour Covered Apron: These white chocolate cupcakes are filled with sweet, buttery cranberry curd and topped with white chocolate buttercream frosting. Sugared cranberries add a beautiful, festive touch.

7. Santa’s Belt Cupcakes by The Country Chic Cottage: Decorating cupcakes with a Santa’s belt theme is a genius way to make cupcakes look professionally done without a lot of fuss. They’re absolutely darling and will look amazing on your holiday table this year.

8. Gingerbread Cupcakes by Ruffles & Rain Boots: Spiced gingerbread cake pairs with flavorful yet subtle cinnamon buttercream to create these cupcakes. Top them off with gingerbread cookies for a super cute presentation.

9. Gingerbread Reindeer Cupcakes by The Suburban Mom: If gingerbread is really your jam, you can also make these reindeer-themed gingerbread cupcakes.

10. Christmas Wreath Cupcakes by Onion Rings & Things: If you’re looking for cupcakes to give as gifts to neighbors, friends, and family, make these! With a gorgeous (yet easy-to-make) wreath design, they’ll look fun and festive when served up. Using your favorite chocolate cake mix makes these even easier to bake.

Christmas Cupcakes

I do hope you will enjoy these wonderful Christmas cupcakes to get some inspiration for your own Christmas party this year.

To view the full instructions for any of these Christmas Cupcakes, please click the link below each image.

1. Santa Hat Cookie Cups

We are currently obsessed with cookie cups, it’s a fun take on one of our most favorite things … Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting.

We knew we wanted to make a fun version for Christmas and came up with the idea for a Santa Hat Cookie Cup.

They turned out exactly how we envisioned. They were pretty easy to do, and I know will be super popular at our cookie exchange this year.

2. Christmas Chocolate Cupcakes

It’s Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year.

Enjoy these delicious cupcakes to get you in a festive mood.

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