Santa Hat Cupcakes

These Santa Hat Cupcakes are fun, festive, and absolutely delicious. Decadent chocolate cupcakes are decorated with sweet buttercream frosting and fresh strawberries to look like Santa hats on top. They’re easy, delicious, and the perfect addition to any Christmas party.

santa hat cupcake on a plate.

The only thing we love more than holiday-themed recipes are EASY holiday-themed recipes, and that’s just what you get with these cupcakes. The chocolate cupcakes and the frosting are easy, and putting it all together is a breeze.

santa hat cupcake on a plate with a bite missing.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It only uses a few simple ingredients.
  • It’s an easy recipe that anyone can make.
  • The strawberries, buttercream, and chocolate are the perfect combination.
  • They’re the perfect, festive addition to any holiday party.


santa hat cupcake on a plate

You’ll only need a few basic ingredients to make this recipe, and you can find them all in your kitchen and at the grocery store.

Everything you need to make these cupcakes is listed here, but you can find the exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

For the Cupcakes

  • Chocolate cake mix
  • Eggs
  • Canola oil
  • Milk
  • Sour cream
  • Vanilla

For the Frosting

  • Butter – slightly softened
  • Vanilla
  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk
  • Strawberries – stems cut off

🔪 How to Make Santa Hat Cupcakes

Making these cupcakes is as easy as gathering up the ingredients. It only takes a few minutes and a few simple steps, and the final decoration process is as easy as pie, er cupcakes.

Step 1: Prep

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Then, place cupcake liners in a muffin tin.

cake batter, eggs, oil, and sour cream in a glass mixing bowl.

Step 2: Make the Cupcake Batter

Combine the cake mix, eggs, canola oil, milk, sour cream, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer for about 2 minutes.

chocolate cupcake batter in a cupcake pan ready for the oven.

Step 3: Bake

Fill the cupcake liners about 3/4 full, then bake for 18 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the cupcakes and let them cool on a wire rack completely.

butter cream frosting being mixed in a glass mixing bowl with a hand mixer.

Step 4: Make the Frosting

Mix the slightly softened butter with the sugar for about 5 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and mix. Use milk to adjust the frosting if it’s too dry.

strawberry being added to the top of a frosting cupcake.

Step 5: Decorate the Cupcakes

Once the cupcakes are cool pipe frosting onto the tops with a piping bag with a metal tip. Then, place an upside-down strawberry in the center of each cupcake. Top the tip with a small dot of frosting to complete the Santa hat!


  • Use your favorite variety of chocolate cake mix.
  • Try adding a bit of espresso or instant coffee to the cake mix for even deeper flavor.
  • For extra rich frosting, you can use half and half or cream in place of milk.

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🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Muffin tin
  • Cupcake liners
  • Piping bag
  • Metal piping tip

🥫 Storage

Refrigerate these cupcakes in an air-tight container for up to a week. Do not freeze them. The strawberries will get watery and limp when they defrost.

santa hat cupcake held in the air in a woman's hand.

💭 Tips

  • Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting, or the frosting will slide right off of them.
  • The longer you beat your butter and sugar, the fluffier your frosting will be.
  • Use milk to thin out the frosting if it’s too thick. Add more powdered sugar if it’s too thin.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Are cupcakes the same as cake?

Yes, they are. The only difference between cupcakes and regular cakes is the type of pan used to bake the batter and the amount of time it takes to bake them.

Why should you use semi-cold butter for buttercream frosting?

Using butter that is still somewhat cold helps keep the frosting stable and fluffy.

How do I know if my cupcakes are done?

Cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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🧾Recipe Card

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santa hat cupcake on a plate.

Santa Hat Cupcakes

Santa hat cupcakes are decadent, easy chocolate cupcakes topped with buttercream frosting and strawberries to look like Santa’s hat.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 24 Cupcakes
Calories: 221kcal


  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • mixing bowls
  • Muffin tin
  • cupcake liners
  • Piping bag
  • Metal piping tip


  • 15.25 ounces chocolate cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter slightly softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoons milk
  • 24 strawberries stems cut off


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Combine the cake mix, eggs, canola oil, milk, sour cream, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer for about 2 minutes.
  • Place cupcake liners in a muffin tin and fill your cupcake liners about 3⁄4 the way full with the batter.
  • Bake for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • While cupcakes are baking, prepare the frosting. Mix the slightly softened butter (not straight out of the fridge but not totally softened) in a stand mixer with the vanilla for 5 minutes. The longer you mix, the smoother and fluffier your frosting will be!
  • Add the powdered sugar and mix. Add milk as needed if the frosting is too dry.
  • Add the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a metal tip. Once the cupcakes have cooled completely, pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. Place the strawberry with the stem cut off upside down onto the frosting. Top the tip of the strawberry with a small dot of frosting to complete the Santa hat look!


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 123IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg

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