Santa Cupcakes Recipe

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Super-cute easy to make and DELICIOUS chocolate Santa cupcakes all decorated with buttercream!

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Servings 16 cupcakes


For the Cupcakes:
¼ cup sour cream 57g room temperature
½ cup buttermilk 118mL room temperature
2 medium eggs
¼ cup hot coffee 60mL
⅓ cup veggie oil 79mL
2 tsp vanilla extract 10mL
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 180g
1 ⅓ cup granulated sugar 265g
¼ cup cocoa powder 20g nice
1 tsp baking soda 6g
½ tsp kosher salt 2.5g

For the Vanilla Buttercream:
1 2/3 lbs confectioners sugar 700g 900g
1 lb butter 450g unsalted, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract 5mL
1 tbsp whole milk 15mL
1/2 tsp kosher salt 2g
food coloring


For the Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat to 350F. Add papers to a cupcake tin.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients (including the sugar) into the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk to combine. READ MORE

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