Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Santa Claus Cupcakes

HO, HO, HO!  
It's that time of year again.  Make everyone smile at your holiday party with these cute Santa Cupcakes from Taste of Home.  The kids love 'em! 

1 package (18-1/4 ounces) white cake mix
1 can (16 ounces) or 2 cups vanilla frosting, divided
Red gel or paste food coloring
Miniature marshmallows, chocolate chips, red-hot candies and flaked coconut

Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions for cupcakes. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Place 2/3 cup frosting in a small bowl; tint with red food coloring. Set aside 3 tablespoons white frosting for decorating. Cover two-thirds of the top of each cupcake with remaining white frosting. Frost the rest of cupcake top with red frosting for hat. Place reserved white frosting in a small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; cut a 1/4-in. hole in one corner.
On each cupcake, pipe a line of frosting to create fur band of hat. Press a marshmallow on one side of hat for pom-pom. Under hat, place two chocolate chips for eyes and one red-hot for nose. Gently press coconut onto face for beard. Makes about 1-1/2 dozen.

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