Santa Belt Cupcakes: An Easy Holiday Recipe

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are a time for family, friends, and delicious treats (like Santa Belt Cupcakes!). In this blog post, we will share a very easy recipe that you can make with your kids. These cupcakes are sure to bring joy to everyone in your life – even if they don’t believe in Santa!

How to Make Santa Belt Cupcakes

It includes an easy recipe with pictures and step-by-step instructions on how to make these festive treats. These Santa belt cupcakes are the perfect dessert for the holiday season!

Why do we all love Santa so much?

The answer is simple. Kids love Santa because he brings presents – it is pretty much ingrained in the littles as parents use him to curry favor with the idea of good behavior.

Adults love him because he’s magical and gives us hope in the darkest of times. I know it’s not like he is Jesus or anything, but the concept of “love thy neighbor” is usually pretty prevalent over the holiday season.

The history of Santa:

The legend goes that St. Nicholas lived in the fourth century and was a generous man who would give away his inheritance, secretly through the night to people he felt were less fortunate than himself. He became known as Father Christmas (or Santa Claus) which is Latin for “Saint Nicolas”.

He eventually died on December 25th of 343 AD, but not before becoming the patron saint of children everywhere!

His legacy lives on today when we celebrate with our families over the holidays…and eat tons of delicious food like our Santa belt cupcakes!

Do you love Christmas?

If you are like me and are a true fanatic of the holiday season – may I suggest you check out my website Joyful Xmas? There is a wide range of things on there from tasty treats to holiday legends. Recently I have been adding a lot of homemade ornament ideas and gift lists for the hard-to-shop-for people in our lives.

Christmas Cupcakes Ideas

We have played with a few fun ideas for Christmas Cupcakes already – if you are a fan of Elf on the Shelf you may want to make these with the kids: How to Make Elf Cupcakes: Elf Pet Saint Bernard. Is Junior in your church holiday pageant as an Angel? Celebrate the event with our Angel Wing Cupcakes. Even our Tree Shaped Fondant Christmas Cupcake Toppers make for a fun office treat when you use shredded coconut as your snow base!

We WILL be adding more fun gems to our Christmas Cupcakes Ideas section but are starting with our Santa Belt Cupcakes right now. I suppose you could add our Vanilla Snowflake Cupcakes Scream Winter Refreshment to the list too – after all, who doesn’t dream of a White Christmas?

How do you store Santa Belt Cupcakes

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations?

Room Temperature. Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days.

Easy Santa Belt Cupcakes

You can use a boxed mix for your cupcake base or make them from scratch. We like our yellow cake recipe from scratch and used those. Either way, you need to make sure your cupcakes are totally cooled before going on to the next steps.

You can make your frosting from scratch – it can be a bit challenging to get the deeper and darker red color so we opted this time for a can of store bought frosting. I should have whipped it in my stand mixer for a bit with a cup of powdered sugar – you wouldn’t see the “bubbles” that seemed to pop after it was piped on to the cupcakes.

(sigh) Lesson learned.

Santa Belt Cupcake Ingredients

Santa Belt Cupcake Ingredients
  • Yellow cupcakes
  • Red frosting
  • Black fondant for the belt & buckle
  • Gold glitter for buckle
  • Mini marshmallows, cut into quarters, for beard – if desired

Personally, I like them without the beard – but the kid loves the beard.

How to Make Santa Belt Cupcakes

Bake cupcakes per recipe and cool completely. (our recipe from scratch is located here: Best Yellow Cupcake Recipe from Scratch

Using a Wilton 1A tip pipe frosting on the cupcake and tap gently to create round belly rolls for Santa’s body. Less “pointy” is a good thing. The tap is what also popped my bubbles… ugh.

How to Make Santa Belt Cupcakes

Roll a small piece of fondant into a rectangle shape and cut lengthwise to create the desired number of equal size belts for your cupcakes.

How to Make Santa Belt Cupcakes

Lay the belts horizontally across the cupcake.

How to Make Santa Belt Cupcakes

Shape another piece of fondant into a long rectangle and cut into desired number of pieces needed to create buckles

How to Make Santa Belt Cupcakes

Gently press buckles into the gold glitter.

How to Make Santa Belt Cupcakes

Place the buckle in the center of the belt – a tiny bit of water on your finger can act like the “glue” to hold it in place.

How to Make Santa Belt Cupcakes

If the beard is desired, place cut marshmallows at the top of the cupcake in a beard shape.

How to Make Santa Belt Cupcakes

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How to Make Elf Cupcakes: Elf Pet Saint Bernard

There is no doubt that the Elf on the Shelf craze has taken over around the holidays over the last ten years or so. with articles like Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas Guide for Parents floating around, don’t we need to talk about Elf Cupcakes?

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OK, maybe not actual elf cupcakes, but I have a fun take on the elf pets – that lovable Saint Bernard! Its story is so sweet – thanks to the magic barrels around their necks, the Elf Pets Saint Bernard stores the Christmas cheer children create when they show love to others.

That Christmas cheer is then used to help keep Santa and his team going strong – this heartwarming tale encourages children to perform acts of kindness throughout the Christmas season alongside the Saint Bernard pup included in the boxed set.

With all of that love and kindness going around, how could we NOT make a special cupcake for it?

“Pups at the Window” from Santa’s St. Bernards Save Christmas music video – too cute!

Elf Cupcakes: Elf Pet Saint Bernard

Why did we i pick the Saint Bernard for our first elf cupcake?

About Saint Bernards

Saint Bernards are gentle giants. They’re calm and patient, with an eagerness to please. This easy-going temperament makes the dog a great choice for a family pet. They’re very intelligent, so training is easy, but it’s important to start at a young age while they’re still small and easy to control.

As cuddly as a teddy bear but the size of a real bear, Saint Bernards love everyone they come into contact with. They just make a poor lap dog coming in at about 180 pounds.

This originally was very large working dog from the western Alps in Italy and Switzerland. They were originally bred for rescue work by the hospice of the Great St Bernard Pass on the Italian-Swiss border.

We can see how they were pulled into Elf Pets as they have all the characteristics of the holiday season AND are meant for a rescue! Both elves and children alike should adore them.

A quick video talking about the basics of Saint Bernard Dogs from Animal Planet

Since the barrel is such an important part of the story, I knew we had to include that in our creation. We even added a little heart, for all the love we are showing it. Once I figured that out, the rest was easy!

While this uses a boxed cake mix, you can easily use my chocolate cupcake recipe and make them from scratch. Or – as I have talked about before – pulling cupcake bases out of your freezer (If you are like me and make them ahead of time). This is our Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe.

This recipe is set up to make 22 Cupcakes — wouldn’t it be fun to say “for taking to school”? If only kids were able to attend school right now… (sigh)

Elf Cupcakes: Elf Pet Saint Bernard

You will need:

  • 1 box of Triple chocolate cake mix
  • 3 large eggs room temp
  • 1/2 C of softened unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 1TBSP pure vanilla extract
  • black holiday cupcake liners
  • cupcake pan


Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake pan with the black cupcake liners.
In a medium bowl, add the cake mix, butter, milk, and vanilla extract and stir until combined.
Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full.
Bake in the oven for about 2o minutes.
Pull out the cupcakes and allow them to cool before frosting.

For the Frosting

You will need:

  • 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 C powder sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-5 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • 1 large round ice cream scooper
  • 1 mini angled spatula


Using a stand mixer, combine all ingredients and mix on medium speed. Mix until stiff, but creamy frosting forms.

For the Chocolate Ganache

You will need:

  • 1 C semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 C Heavy Whipping cream
  • 1 Small pot
  • 1 Squeeze bottle

Chocolate Ganache Directions

Using a small pot, pour the heavy whipping cream into it and place it on medium heat. Pour the chocolate chips into a medium heat-safe bowl. Once the heavy whipping cream starts to simmer, remove from heat and pour onto the chocolate chips. Allow to sit for 1 minute before whisking until smooth, then pour the chocolate ganache into the squeeze bottle.

Decoration Supplies needed:

  • 2 packages of Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies
  • 1 package of mini edible eyes
  • 1 bag of Rolo chocolate caramel candy
  • 22 brown M&M’s
  • 1 container of mini pink heart sprinkles

Directions to make the St Bernard cupcakes

Using the ice cream scoop, scoop a dollop of frosting onto the cupcake. Use the angled spatula to lightly smooth the frosting but still keep the dome shape. Using the ganache, pipe out the brown part for the eyes. Place two eyes onto the center of the brown for the eyes of the Saint Bernard. Place an M&M into the center for the nose. Pipe out the mouth detail.

Remove two cookies from the packages and place one on each of the cupcakes for the ears.

For the barrel:

Unwrap two Rolo candies. Pipe a dollop of ganache onto the bottom flat part of the Rolo. Place the other on top. Allow chocolate to harden. Pipe a small dollop in the center of the Rolo and place a heart sprinkle onto the center.

Place the “barrel” onto the bottom center of the cupcake, on the frosting.

How to Make Elf Cupcakes: Elf Pet Saint Bernard with elf on the shelf

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Tree Shaped Fondant Christmas Cupcake Toppers

Doesn’t that sound like a mouthful? Tree Shaped Fondant Christmas Cupcake Toppers. All it really means is harnessing your inner child and playing with fondant as you played with Play-Doh years ago. You are going to create mini Christmas Trees so you are all ready with those handmade Christmas cupcake toppers to rock out a festive treat!

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Tree Shaped Fondant Christmas Cupcake Toppers

Looking at Edible Christmas Cupcake Toppers

There are several different kinds of edible Christmas cupcake toppers as they can be made from fondant, royal icing, or even chocolate. Today, we are going to work with fondant!

I love how the Food Network puts it:

Rolled fondant is versatile. It can be tinted, flavored, modeled, formed, twisted, imprinted, and shaped into numerous of decorative pieces.

Can you put fondant on cupcakes?

Even if you just want to roll out fondant, cut strips, and put it directly onto a cupcake, you need to add a little buttercream under it to become the “glue”. We are going to frost the cupcakes before adding our little “clay” creations and buttercream will be the “sticky” that holds it all together.

Can I make fondant cake decorations in advance?

Yes, but ideally, you don’t want to make them more than 2-3 days ahead of when you want to use them. It isn’t like cupcakes – that you can make a month in advance and then pop into the freezer, to pull out and thaw before frosting. They get harder and will be harder to eat.

If you do want to make the cupcakes in advance, you don’t want to frost and pop the fondant on top. Fondant is sugar-based and it will start to break down – the opposite of the getting hard problem. Bottom line: think of melted Play-doh.

This recipe will make a dozen treats so you can double or triple the recipe accordingly to the size of the crowd you wish to treat. That being said, you need to start with 12 of your favorite chocolate cupcakes. You can either use a boxed cake mix or use our chocolate cupcake recipe.

You always want to make sure your cupcakes are completely cool before starting to decorate them.

Now, let’s make those Tree Shaped Fondant Christmas Cupcake Toppers

You will need:

6-8 oz. green fondant

Line a baking sheet with wax paper and roll out a dozen 2-inch fondant spheres.

Start shaping each fondant sphere into cones so that they take the shape of Christmas trees. Use scissors to cut little indents all around the fondant tree (this will give it texture). Set lightly on the lined baking sheet.

This is a GREAT cupcake to make with the littles – after all, they are at the top of the Play-Doh skills right now. Have them help you shape the little fondant trees and your junior baker will swell with pride as people compliment them!

For the Buttercream you will need:

  • ¾ cup softened butter (1 ½ sticks)
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 3-5 tbsp milk
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Yellow gel food coloring
  • Blue gel food coloring

To make the buttercream, use an electric mixer and beat butter, icing sugar, and milk on medium speed. Gradually increase speed to high and beat until completely smooth.

Frost each cupcake with an offset spatula and add shredded coconut on top.

Add some buttercream to the bottom of each tree and place on in the center of each cupcake.

Separate the remainder of your frosting into three different bowls. Color each one with your gel food coloring.

Now let’s add some holiday lights to your tree-shaped fondant Christmas cupcakes toppers! Add each buttercream color into a sandwich bag, cut a small hole in one and corner, and pipe out little dots on your fondant Christmas trees. We kept the yellow for the top part of the tree – this will act as your fondant tree’s “star.”

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Angel Wing Cupcakes are Heavenly

These angel wing cupcakes are a fun project that you can do with the kids and are perfect for gifting to ones you know that might need a little lift in their spirits. I know these are so seemingliy simplistic, but sometimes? That is all you really need.

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Abrahamic religions often depict angels as benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between God (or Heaven) and humanity. Other roles of angels include protecting and guiding human beings, and carrying out tasks on behalf of God. We tend to cherish that perceived relationship and have pulled it into our popular culture for everything from home decor to holiday cards. We refer to our children as little angels, and keep them around as gentle reminders that we are not alone. Personally, I have an eight foot long holiday garland that has dozens of angel ornaments wired into it.

Angel Wing Cupcakes

I am not really talking about making cupcakes here, but how to decorate them. You can pick any of my basic cupcake recipes to make the base for these creations; yellow cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, red velvet cupcakes, even Keto cupcakes! You can save a few steps with this recipe also – you can buy the pretzel twists already covered with white chocoalte. Ou can buy the Oreos alreayd covered with white chocolate, but you will still need a little to “glue” the Live Saver on.

You will need:

  • 12 cupcakes
  • 1 to 2 cups white frosting
  • Sprinkling sugar
  • 24 pretzel twists (2 for each cupcake)
  • 12 Oreo cookies (1 for each cupcake)
  • 12 pineapple-flavored Lifesaver candies (1 for each cupcake)
  • White candy melts or vanilla flavored almond bark
  • Chocolate candy melts or chocolate flavored almond bark

You will also need:


Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.

Melt white candy according to package directions making sure not to overheat. If the candy gets too hot, it will seize. If desired, add 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening or coconut oil to make the melted candy pour-able.

Dip the pretzel twists in melted candy, allowing excess to drip back into the bowl. Place the pretzels on waxed paper until dry.

Dip Oreo cookies in melted candy, allowing excess to drip back into the bowl. Place the cookie on waxed paper and immediately add the Lifesaver candy as a halo. Allow to dry completely.

Melt chocolate candy according to package directions making sure not to overheat. If the candy gets too hot, it will seize. If desired, add 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening or coconut oil to make the melted candy pour-able.

Using a toothpick, draw two half circles on the uncoated portion of each cookies to be the eyes and a larger dot as the mouth. Allow to dry completely.

Pipe frosting on each cupcake using an open star tip.

Sprinkle with sparking sugar.

Angel Wing Cupcakes in process as faces have been added

Place one angel head on the top and two pretzels to the opposite sides of each cupcake.

Angel Wing Cupcakes that are ready to share with a friend

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