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Santa Hat Topped Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe


50 minutes
Skill Level
28 cupcakes

Fun for all ages, these Santa Hat Topped Red Velvet Cupcakes look as good as they taste. Everyone will love topping the cupcakes with HERSHEY'S KISSES.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
30 minutes
Bake Time
20 minutes


  • 1/2 cup
    butter or margarine (1 stick), softened (125 mL)
  • 1 1/2 cups
    sugar (375 mL)
  • 2
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract (5 mL)
  • 1 cup
    buttermilk or sour milk* (250 mL)
  • 2 tbsps
    red food colouring (30 mL)
  • 2 cups
    all-purpose flour (500 mL)
  • 1/3 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa (75 mL)
  • 1 tsp
    salt (5 mL)
  • 1 1/2 tsps
    baking soda (7 mL)
  • 1 tbsp
    white vinegar (15 mL)
  • 1-2 cans
    vanilla ready-to-spread frosting or your favorite homemade frosting (each) (340 g)
  • 28
    HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Candy Cane Mint Candies or HERSHEY'S KISSES Milk Chocolate Candy
  • red and green coloured sugars


Equipment Needed 
oven Oven
muffin tins (2) Muffin Tins
paper baking cups Paper Baking Cups
measuring cups Measuring Cups
mixing bowl Mixing Bowl
mixer Mixer
Wire Rack Wire Rack
food storage bag Food Storage Bag

Heat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches/6 cm in diameter) with paper or foil baking cups.


Beat butter and sugar in large bowl; add eggs and vanilla, beating well. Stir together buttermilk and food colouring. Stir together flour, cocoa and salt; add alternately to butter mixture with buttermilk mixture, mixing well. Stir in baking soda and vinegar. Stir in chocolate chips. Fill muffin cups about 1/2 full with batter.


Bake about 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.


Set aside about 3/4 cup (175 mL) frosting; frost cupcakes with remaining frosting. Generously sprinkle tops of frosted cupcakes with green or red coloured sugars. Remove wrappers from candies. Place reserved frosting in heavy-duty (freezer) resealable food storage bag. Cut off one corner of bag about 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) from point. Squeeze quarter-sized dollop of frosting onto top of cupcake; push a HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Candy Cane Mint Candy or HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolate into center of dollop so that frosting comes up around bottom edge of candy piece forming the “fur" cuff of Santa’s hat. Place small dab of frosting on tip of candy piece to finish hat.