Lesson #24 - Santa Cupcakes

At our house we are getting into the Christmas spirit in Hallmark style. This week Jameson invited his friend over to create Santa Cupcakes. To ensure that the two had a good time and were not bothered, his brother, Kelly, went off to his friends’ house to play. It so happens that the family of Jameson’s play date also has a kid who happens to be Kelly’s best friend, so it was a perfect switch-er-roo! Madison and Jameson had such a great time in the kitchen that when they were done they ran off to play downstairs. Soon thereafter, they came into the kitchen with a box of toys and a pretend suitcase to declare that they were going on vacation together.

Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time:  60-70 mins

Servings: approx. 1 dozen

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 2/3 cups flour

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 3 egg whites, room temp

  • 3 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup sour cream, room temp

  • 1/2 cup whole milk

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

  • 1 tbsp heavy cream

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 tbsp whole milk



In a large bowl mix all dry ingredients together.



In the mixer combine the butter, egg whites, vanilla extract, sour cream and whole milk.

Madison was not digging the sour cream, but poured it in like a champ.

Egg whites are too difficult for the younger ones, so make sure you help them through that process.


Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixer.

These two little hams were whispering and having a blast.

Don’t get busted tasting the batter! Who am I kidding? This is the best part.

*Please use your own discretion as there is raw egg in the batter.



Line the pan with red cupcake papers and pour in the batter. I poured the batter into two smaller measuring cups with a lip to make it easier for the younger ones to add the batter themselves.

Bake for 15-20 minutes



While the cupcakes are baking whip together the frosting.

Using a mixer, cream the butter. Then add the confectioners sugar slowly.



Add the salt, milk, cream and vanilla. Combine until fluffy.

Taste the batter. Add milk, cream or vanilla to suit your flavor.

We use a bowl instead of our gallon jug to measure the tablespoon. Clearly Jameson was thirsty. We’re not sure Madison thought it was a good idea!



Once the cupcakes are cooled, frost them. Then begin to decorate.

  • Santa’s hat and nose: sprinkles, red hots or red M&Ms.

  • Santa’s beard and hat: mini marshmallows

  • Santa’s eyes: mini chocolate chips

This is where their imagination went wild and they created their best version of Santa. At one point Madison said that Santa now had a red beard because he shaved. I giggled in the background as she tried to explain why he would have a red beard; all I could think was that poor Santa really cut himself shaving!


Eat Up! MMMMmmmmmm


The two friends messing around in the kitchen!


5 yr old Santa Cupcakes



Who do you think did it better?