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

Santa Hat Cupcakes

If you are here looking for festive holiday desserts, I have quite a few that I think you need to see! Try these Eggnog cookies or Peanut Butter Snowballs.

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.

Sometimes the easiest baking during the holidays is simply to adapt the decorating style to suit. Take these Santa Hat Cupcakes for instance – such a cute and festive idea for a Christmas cupcake.

Easy Santa Hat Cupcakes Recipe Using Strawberries

It’s not that much harder than making 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.

These are perfect for bringing along to the next holiday party, they’re sure to be a hit.

Many Santa Hat Cupcake recipes 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.

If you are picky with your icing 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!

I adore this Christmas cupcake, it’s yummy and impressive!

Santa Hat Cupcakes Recipe

Are you doing any last-minute Christmas baking?

Easy Santa Hat Cupcakes Recipe Using Strawberries

Santa Hat Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

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


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin pan with themed cupcake liners.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla.
  6. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well. Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full.
  7. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

For the frosting

  1. Place softened butter into a bowl and beat in 2 cups of icing sugar. Add 2 Tablespoons heavy cream and vanilla.
  2. Add remaining icing sugar 1/2 cup at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  3. Spoon the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a 2D Wilton tip, or other preferred large piping tip.
  4. 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.
  5. While the frosting is soft, press a hulled strawberry on top so that the cut edge is against the frosting.
  6. Add a small dot of frosting to the tip of the strawberry and let set.
  7. 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

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  1. How adorable and simple to make, the only tough thing will be finding strawberries that really taste. 🙂

  2. What a great idea. They are adorable. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas an a Blessed 2017.

  3. These are friggin cute! I little healthy strawberry mixed into the holiday baking is just a perfect way to keep things balanced 🙂

  4. These are really cute and we can say they are healthy because of the strawberries right!!

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Love the combination of chocolate and fresh strawberries. These are super cute, and relatively easy; my favourite combo :-0

  8. 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

  9. wow,i am so impressed with these santa hat cupcakes they will be perfect for my party!

  10. These sounds delish! Not only that easy! I think these would be a hit at my aunts Christmas party this weekend! Gonna try them!

  11. 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.

  12. 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-

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