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  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) white cake mix
  • 1 can (16 ounces) or 2 cups vanilla frosting, divided
  • Red gel or paste food coloring
  • Miniature marshmallows, chocolate chips, red-hot candies and flaked coconut


  • Prepare cake batter according to package directions for cupcakes; fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  • Bake according to package directions.
  • Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks.
  • Place 2/3 cup frosting in a bowl; tint with red food coloring.
  • Set aside 3 tablespoons white frosting for decorating.
  • Cover two-thirds of the top of each cupcake with remaining white frosting.
  • Frost the rest of cupcake top with red frosting for hat.
  • Place reserved white frosting in a small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; cut a 1/4-in. hole in one corner.
  • On each cupcake, pipe a line of frosting to create fur band of hat.
  • Press a marshmallow on one side of hat for pom-pom.
  • Under hat, place tow chocolate chips for eyes and one red-hot for nose.
  • Gently press coconut onto face for beard.
  • Makes about 1-1/2 dozen.

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