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Hello there friends! I have something festive for you all today, just in case you are in the mood to make a batch of fun, decorative cupcakes to take along to your neighbors, friends, coworkers or to take to a holiday party. These cute Santa Hat and Holly Wreath Cupcakes are super easy to put together and are a fun addition to any treat plate or dessert bar. I also wanted to mention that you can make them ahead of time, they freeze super well. 🙂

If you are in the mood to get your cupcake decorating groove on, then I hope you will give these a try! Tutorial photos to follow.


Here’s what you will need to do! Recipe below and decorating tutorial photos to follow.

Santa Hat and Holly Wreath Cupcakes

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 30 cupcakes


1 box white cake mix
1/3 C flour
1 (3.4 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix
1 1/2 C water
1/3 C oil
4 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 C sour cream
cupcake liners
1/2 C butter flavored shortening
1/2 C butter, softened
1/2 t vanilla
5-6 C powdered sugar
3-4 Tb milk
dash of salt
Red and Green Food Coloring (I like Wilton)
Cake decorating bags
Wilton Decorating Tips #4B,#199, #3 and #21


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Into your stand mixer place the cake mix, flour and pudding mix. Toss together to combine.
3. Add the water, oil, egg whites, vanilla and sour cream to the dry ingredients. Mix on low speed for 2 minutes, scrape the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula and mix for an additional 2 minutes on medium speed. The batter should be thick and glossy.
4. Line your muffin tins with cupcake liners and spray them with cooking spray. This will ensure that your pans don't get super messy, and that the cupcakes won't stick to the liners.
5. Fill the liners about 2/3 full of batter.
6. Bake for 15-16 minutes or until the cupcakes spring back when tapped.
7. Allow them to cool in the pans for 5 minutes. Then move to a wire rack and cool completely.
8. To make the frosting, place the softened butter and shortening into your stand mixer. Beat until smooth. Add the vanilla, 5 cups of powdered sugar, 3 Tb milk and a dash of salt. Mix until smooth, add more powdered sugar and milk until you have the desired consistency. If it sticks to your finger just a bit, then you should be good to go. You don't want it to be super sticky or super dry, but a nice balance between the two.
9. Separate the frosting into three bowls, color one of them red, one green and leave one white. Decorate according to the instructions withing the tutorial photos.

Cake Recipe from Cindi Schut
Decorating inspiration from this post 


Make sure to use a good quality good coloring. I found these on the cake decorating aisle at my local Wal-Mart.


For the santa hats, you’ll need two different Wilton tips. The red frosting is piped with tip #4B and the white with #199.


Make a large red swirl of stacked frosting in the center of each cupcake.


Pipe the white frosting around the edges and on the top of the red hat.


That’s it! Super easy. 🙂


For the Holly Wreath Cupcakes you’ll use Wilton tip #21 to pipe the green holly leaves and tip #3 to pipe the red berries and bow.

Start by spreading white frosting with a butter knife over the top of each cupcake.


Pipe the green holly leaves first,


then add the red berries and bow. Cute! I had such a fun time making these!


Sort of like a kid in a candy store, if you will. Playing with colorful frosting is my kind of gig, I can tell you that! Hope some of you get a chance to make them. They are fun for kids and adults alike.


Today is actually National Cupcake Day. Several of my blogging friends put some cupcake recipes together for the occasion. Don’t they look great! You can find the recipe links below…

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes from Butter with a Side of Bread
Two Ingredient Lemon Cupcakes from Yummy, Healthy, Easy
Churro Cupcakes from The Baker Upstairs
Chocolate Christmas Tree Cupcakes from Real Mom Kitchen
S’more Cupcakes from Ashlee Marie
Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes from Life Made Simple

Looking for more cupcake inspiration? Here are a handful of favorites from my archives…

img_9661Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes 

Coconut Cream CupcakesCoconut Cream Cupcakes 

Mint and Chocolate Chip CupcakesMint and Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Vanilla Cupcakes With Raspberry FillingVanilla Cupcakes with Raspberry Filling

pumpkin-mousse-cupcakesPumpkin Mousse Cupcakes 

img_2306Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes 

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