Santa Cupcakes

i have had the best day.


you know those days that are so cozy and relaxing that you wish you could bottle it up and take a teaspoon of it at a time when you really need it down the road? today is one of those days (i’m writing this on a sunday).

i let myself have coffee in bed. and got a good run in, enough miles to feel strong. i ran errands and witnessed strangers being kind to one another. i made vegetable soup and roasted a chicken just so my apartment would smell that welcoming, irresistible, comforting smell.


and it started to snow. i’ve always found something magical in the first snow of the season. it purifies. cleanses. i went for a walk outside just to enjoy it and the city was so quiet. i could almost imagine everyone sitting at home, decorating their trees, cozying up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa and watching christmas movies.

there’s something about that first snow. it deafens the noise, camouflages the city’s bruises, minimizes the distractions. and it feels like you can take a deep breath and just be.


i love the holidays – i love the food, the noise, the chaos, the crowds. i find that people are so much kinder at this time of year. i honestly only wish i had a full house – so it would amplify the season.

and i made a whole pot of vegetable soup AND a chicken, so i could use some help eating it all. plus, for a girl who doesn’t really have a sweet tooth, i can embrace some christmas cookies and desserts.


i wanted to make something festive – something that would be easy to make with kids and would hopefully bring a smile to people’s faces. these little santa cupcakes are so ridiculously simple. use the boxed brownies – it’ll let you enjoy more time with family and friends. then grab a couple little hands and let them help you decorate them.

tis the season.



Santa Cupcakes
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  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (made according to package directions)
  • Strawberries (about 24), cleaned and tops removed
  • Icing (I made mine from scratch: 1 to 2 tablespoons milk, 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla, 3 cups powdered sugar, 1/3 cup butter softened. Mix butter and sugar with electric mixer, add vanilla, then slowly add milk so you can get to proper thickness)
  • Powdered sugar, for sprinkling


  1. Make chocolate cupcakes according to package directions. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle cupcakes with powdered sugar.
  3. Place icing in a Ziploc bag, and remove one of the tips from bags. Place a dollop of frosting on each cupcake.
  4. Top with a strawberry.
  5. Then add a final dollop of icing.

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