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!
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
- 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.
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.
Lay the belts horizontally across the cupcake.
Shape another piece of fondant into a long rectangle and cut into desired number of pieces needed to create buckles
Gently press buckles into the gold glitter.
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.
If the beard is desired, place cut marshmallows at the top of the cupcake in a beard shape.