Santa Hat Cupcakes Kids Activity

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Thursday evening, a massive story came through the Dallas area. We knew it was coming. I went to the store and stocked up, knowing we’d be iced in for a few days. I even made a list of all of the projects I wanted to tackle over the weekend. 

However, I did NOT intend on losing our electricity and being displaced to my mother-in-law’s house for going on 3 days now. So thankful she was able to take us in, though. 

Obviously, I didn’t get to tackle my project list, but I did spend a lot of time with my kids and we even got a chance to make these adorable Santa Hat Cupcakes!

santa hat cupcakes

My mother-in-law had this great pan used to make cupcakes like these. {This is an affiliate link.}

When I looked at them, all I could see was Santa hats!

The boys and I went to work whipping up some cupcakes and frosting!

Santa Hat Filled Chocolate Cupcakes
Yields 24
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272 calories
44 g
25 g
11 g
3 g
4 g
81 g
174 g
32 g
1 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 272
Calories from Fat 95
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 174mg
Total Carbohydrates 44g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 32g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the cupcakes
  1. 2 1/4 c flour
  2. 1 3/4 c sugar
  3. 3/4 c vegetable shortening
  4. 2/3 c cocoa
  5. 1 1/2 c water
  6. 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 1 tsp vanilla
  9. 1/2 tsp almond extract
  10. 1/4 tsp baking powder
  11. 2 eggs
  1. 1 1/2 c powdered sugar
  2. 3 tbsp butter (softened)
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 1 to 2 tbsp milk
Chocolate Frosting
  1. 2 c powdered sugar
  2. 1/3 c cocoa
  3. 1/4 c butter (softened)
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 2-4 Tbsp milk
  6. Marshmallows
  1. 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour pan; set aside.
  2. 2. Beat all ingredients together on low speed. {This was my first experience with a KitchenAid mixer and it was magical!} :) Beat on high speed for 2 minutes.
  3. 3. Spoon batter into prepared pan but only fill each 3/4 full. {If you add any more, it will definitely overflow.}
  4. 4. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes.
  5. 5. Cool 10 minutes in pan and then invert onto cooling rack to cool cupcakes completely.
  6. 6. Wash, dry, and prepare pan to repeat procedure until the batter is gone.
Santa's White Icing and Filling
  1. 1. In small bowl, beat all ingredients on low speed, until smooth.
  2. 2. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, adding additional milk if needed, until smooth and creamy.
  3. 3. Fill pastry bag, fitted with large round tip.
  4. 4. Pipe a small amount of frosting into indentation in each cupcake; set aside.
Chocolate Frosting
  1. 1. In medium bowl, blend all ingredients on low speed until blended.
  2. 2. Beat on high speed 2 minutes, until smooth and creamy.
  3. 3. Fill pastry bag and pipe on to top of cupcake. Spread chocolate frosting with knife to cover the top.
  1. Great tip: If you don't have a pastry bag, a Ziploc bag with a hole cut in the corner will work, just as well.
Roubinek Reality
Once we had the cupcakes ready, I let the boys go to work on decorating them. The sprinkles were their favorite part!

santa hat cupcakes sprinkles on santa hat cupcakes


I put some white frosting in a Ziploc bag and piped the bottom of Santa’s hat. I made very short up and down motions with it to thicken the brim of the hat. 

And of course, topping it off with the cute little marshmallow almost didn’t happen since my boys are such marshmallow fans! :)

marshmallow santa hat


I barely got to get my pictures taken before they were devoured by three happy boys! 


santa hat cupcakes


So even if I didn’t get to tackle my project list, I’m happy to have a little something that made my kids happy! This is such a great activity for the kids to do, as we get ready for Christmas. 

Just found out we’re out of school for another day, tomorrow, which means I’ll be searching for more Christmas activities for kids. I’ll definitely be sharing what I find because I know I’m not the only one searching for activities kids can do for Christmas.

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  1. These are so cute! Pinning :)
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  2. We spent time making a ton of different cupcakes during this ice storm too – great baking weather!
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  3. Those are super cute and festive for the holidays!


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