How. Cute. Are. These. Cupcakes?! They are super easy to make as well. Perfect for a last minute treat - or even gift - around Christmas time! Making Santa cupcakes with mini marshmallows is certainly not a new thing; there's a plethora of variations floating around the internet, but I first discovered Baking Beauty's version thanks to Pinterest, and knew I had to give them a try.
I got the Christmas cupcake liners and the red sugar sprinkles from a Christmas cupcake making kit that I got last year (don't judge me), but you could easily go with plain red liners and make your own sugar sprinkles by mixing sugar and food dye together.
I went with good ol' classic vanilla cupcakes for these guys as they're super easy to make and I honestly think they're delicious. I also decided to cover them in whipped cream as I've talked about Australian butter not going as white as others', and I didn't want Santa to have yellow skin, so I improvised. I did the same thing for my sushi cupcakes, and both times it turned out really good.
Sprinkling the red sugar crystals was probably the most tedious part about this recipe as I wanted them to end in a very straight line, but the top line of mini marshmallows helped to hide any fallout. I didn't bother doing the end part of the hat simply because I didn't think of it, but I'm still happy with how they turned out.
For the eyes, I used tiny bits of black fondant as I didn't have any chocolate chips. I tried to cut up the chocolate melts that I had, but it was far too difficult. Fondant was a much easier choice, plus I love it so much more than chocolate (hope that doesn't make anyone too mad!) - and that's it! I told you these guys were super easy.
I think Christmas baking should be all about the fun and whimsy of it all, so I didn't want to stress myself out by trying out recipes that were too advanced. Plus, I've been working on a lot of DIY projects with some materials that I've never used before, so that took up a bit of time as well. Don't worry though, this isn't the last of my Christmas recipes for this year, and I really think you're going to enjoy the others 😋
Is there any new Christmas-related recipes that you've tried this year, or ones that you'd like to one day try? It's never too early for me to start planning for next year, hah!
Until next time,