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Santa hat gingerbread cupcakes
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3.89 from 9 votes


We're making delicious gingerbread cupcakes decorated to look like Santa Hats with red and white buttercream frosting! Perfect for a Christmas party!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 Cupcakes
Calories: 519kcal
Author: Eden
Cost: $10



  • 1 stick unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • cups flour
  • teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter room temperature
  • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar powder sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp whipping cream
  • 10-15 drops red food coloring



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a cupcake pan
  • In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter, molasses, and sugar together until light and fluffy
  • Add in the egg and continue to beat until incorporated
  • In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients... flour, baking soda, spices, and salt
  • In a wet measuring cup, combine the water and oil together
  • Alternate the dry and wet ingredients into the butter mixture with the mixer on slow to medium
  • Only beat until incorporated, scraping down the sides
  • Fill cupcake liners halfway and bake in a 350 degree over for 20 minutes. Do not over bake


  • Beat the butter and the sugar on high until light and fluffy
  • Add in the ground ginger and vanilla extract and continue to beat
  • Add in the whipping cream, one tablespoon at a time, until the frosting is a nice, creamy consistency
  • Beat on high, scraping down the sides of the bowl
  • Remove ¼ of the frosting and set aside in a bowl to leave it white for the details on the hat.
  • Add in 10 to 15 drops of red dye to the remaining frosting to get the desired red color you want
  • Add both frosting colors (red and white) into separate piping bags to use to make the Santa hat


Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 268mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 605IU | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1.8mg