My girls and a couple of their friends whipped these up in no time on Sunday afternoon to take to Advent Services at church. I don't do a lot (or really any) Santa Claus stuff because I like to focus on Christ as the reason for all the celebrating at Christmas, but I'm not legalistic about it and I thought these were just so cute! (We handle Santa at our house by reading accounts of the 3rd Century Saint who helped the needy and the modern Santa more like he's a Disney Character; make believe.) That said, we had a bit of fun with these cupcakes!
I started with a standard box of cake mix. Try using a very white variety such as the one below, but when you bake it, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and then when you put the cupcakes in, reduce the temperature to 325 degrees and bake for 25 minutes. They'll poof nicely and not be flat.
And most importantly, you need a very, very white icing...
After icing the cupcakes, dust them with a bit of sugar to make them glisten, like snow in real life!
Ours... well, I like the rustic look of snow drifts and clumps of snow on the little poles. Next time I might take just a wee bit more time getting the right red for my little signs and use card stock, but other than that, I was pleased as punch at how they turned out!
Hope you have lots of fun with this in the kitchen!