Santa Cupcakes

Santa Cupcakes

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 two chocolate chips for eyes and one red-hot for nose.
Gently press coconut onto face for beard.

Makes about 1-1/2 dozen.