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This Santa Hat Cupcakes Recipe is made with a doctored up cake mix, buttercream icing, and white sugar pearls. This doctored up cake mix recipe is the BEST!

Santa Hat Cupcakes Recipe

  • Author: Midwestern Moms
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 30 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Cute Christmas cupcakes made to look like Santa’s Hat!




  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 large egg whites


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, softened
  • 34 cups of powered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • up to 4 tablespoons milk
  • Red Food Coloring Gel
  • White Sugar Pearls



  1. In a large bowl mix cake mix, flour, sugar, salt, water, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, sour cream, and egg whites until well blended.
  2. Add cupcake liners to your cupcake tin.
  3. Scoop your cupcake batter into the prepared cupcake tin. Make sure not to get them more than 3/4 full.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees for about 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cupcake comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool before adding icing.


  1. Beat the butter for a few minutes using your mixer on medium speed.
  2. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and mix on low speed until blended.
  3. Add the vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk. Mix on medium speed for 3 minutes.
  4. If you need stiffer frosting, add the remaining sugar.
  5. If you need a thinner frosting, add the remaining milk.
  6. Split the icing into 2 different bowls. Put about 3/4 into one bowl and add the red food coloring gel.
  7. Read the rest of the post for how to decorate.


You may need to make 1 and a half batches of icing to cover all the cupcakes.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 141
  • Sugar: 10.1 g
  • Sodium: 101.5 mg
  • Fat: 8.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.9 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.6 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 1.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 44.2 mg

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