Santa Belt Cupcakes, a Fun Christmas Cupcake Recipe

I love how easy these Santa belt cupcakes came together. The kiddo loved helping, too. They’re a super fun Christmas cupcake that you’ll love for the holidays!

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These Santa belt cupcakes are perfect Christmas cupcakes to get the kids helping to make!

Santa Belt Cupcakes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are a little holiday cupcake obsessed lately. There’s just so much yumminess to be had for the holidays and aren’t they just the cutest thing ever?! I mean, seriously?! I’ve done everything from reindeer cupcakes to Christmas light cupcakes–they’re just so fun.

One of my favorites that we’ve done this week is these fun Santa belt cupcakes. They’re simple, fun and the kiddo had a blast helping me to put them together.


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For real, what more could a girl want in a cupcake?! Oh, you want the cupcakes to be tasty too? Yeah, I hear you. That’s why this is going to be a fun recipe–because you get to make it your way! Woohoo!

If you’re ready to get a Santa belly cupcake made, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make Santa Cupcakes

  • I like to start every cupcake ever with my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe. It’s a no-fail cupcake recipe, so I don’t have to worry about messing it up. And, since this particular fun cupcake decorating idea calls for chocolate cake cupcakes, I just add 1/2 cup of melted chocolate chips or 1/2 cup of cocoa powder and I’m ready to go! Of course, you can use a cake mix or whatever, it doesn’t matter.
  • To make a pretty serving tray, you can just put down a layer of brown sugar and then tuck the cupcakes into it. No fuss and easy fun.
  • Make sure your cupcakes are cooled completely before you ice them, or you’ll have melted frosting and sad faces.
  • Only fill your muffin cups up about 2/3 of the way full. Otherwise, they’ll rise over the edge and be a mess.
  • Making these Santa belly cupcakes can be a whole family activity. The kids will love helping to cut the fondant and place it on the belt–and then put the buttons on!
  • This recipe calls for making your own buttercream frosting, but the truth is that you don’t have to. You can use canned frosting and just color it, that’s just fine.
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How Do I Make Santa Belly Cupcakes for an Easy Holiday Treat

Below is the written and printable tutorial for this fun cupcake decorating idea. Use the comments section below if you have any questions.

Yield: 12

Santa Belt Cupcakes

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How fabulously ridiculously cute are these Santa belt cupcakes? And so easy the kids can help you make the Santa belly cupcakes if they want. The perfect Christmas cupcakes, for sure.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 12 of your favorite chocolate cupcakes
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp red gel food coloring
  • 1/8 cup Black decorating frosting
  • 1/8 cup yellow fondant
  • 24 chocolate chips


  1. Bake your favorite cupcakes and allow them to cool completely. If your favorite cupcake recipe is for vanilla cupcakes, you can add 1/2 cup of melted chocolate chips or 1/2 cup cocoa powder to make them chocolate.
  2. Cream butter, powdered sugar and milk until light and smooth.
  3. Add red gel food coloring and mix thoroughly
  4. Frost each cupcake with a single layer of frosting.
  5. With the black decorating icing, pipe out one straight line of black icing across the bottom to make a belt.
  6. Roll out the yellow fondant and, with a sharp knife, cut 12 small rectangles, approximately ½-inch long.
  7. Place one yellow rectangle in the middle of the belt as a buckle.
  8. Using two chocolate chips, add "buttons" just above Santa’s belt.
  9. Enjoy! photo collage tutorial of santa cupcakes easy christmas cupcake recipe


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 590Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 5gSugar: 70gProtein: 4g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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