Nov 272016
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If you are a regular around here you already know that my youngest son was finally diagnosed with ADD earlier this year. It was a very long process and it truly felt like an uphill battle for a long time, but once we got confirmation of what we already knew – his dad and I fought hard to make sure he got all the help he needed.

We worked with the school and were happy that he qualified for an IEP (Individual Education Plan). Part of the plan was placing him in an inclusion classroom for this current school year. His teacher is ah-mazing and he’s got a wonderful teacher’s aide in the classroom for half of his day. He’s been working really, really hard and is making some huge progress this year thanks to the help of his teachers.  Obviously this makes my heart very happy.

Back in September at the school open house night, I met his teacher for the first time (although we had already emailed back and forth several times by then) and I asked her if she used parent volunteers in her classroom.  Surprisingly not all teachers do, but she was thrilled that I asked and I started volunteering a few mornings a week in her 3rd grade classroom the following week. I can’t even tell you how happy it makes me to be involved like this.  I am loving getting to know all the kids in the class and seeing what my son is up to during his school day, too.

The kids in my son’s classroom are awesome. They are seriously an awesome bunch of kids, so I want to bring them (and the two teachers) a treat.  These Santa Hat Cupcakes are perfect, right? I used a cake mix to make the cupcakes, so they were easy to whip up and come on – they are adorable, right?

Here’s what you need:

  • White or yellow boxed cake mix (calls for eggs, oil, and water)
  • Pillsbury radiant red vanilla frosting
  • Miniature marshmallows
  • Decorating bag or sandwich bag


Here’s what you do:
1. Preheat your oven to 350° and place cupcake liners into a cupcake pan.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together your cake mix, eggs, oil, and water (per the instructions).
3. Fill each cupcake liner up halfway with your cake batter and bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
4. Let your cupcakes cool and fill up a decorating bag with frosting. Cut a 1/2″ tip off the end.


5. Hold the top of your decorating bag so your frosting doesn’t escape and apply pressure with your whole hand by squeezing the bag.


6. Draw a swirl onto the cupcake by starting on the outside and working your way in, then do a second layer starting about a 1/2″ in and ending by squeezing a little extra and making a small peak in the center.


7. Now carefully place your mini marshmallows around the bottom edge of the frosting and one at the top of the frosting peak.



I think the kids will really love them, don’t you?


Another way that I help my son’s teacher is  by donating things to the classroom.  Did you know that most teachers have to pay out pocket for classroom supplies?  I feel badly that in addition to all their hard work and long hours that teachers have to pay for supplies for our kids to use as well.

My son’s teacher also does something fun with her class on Friday afternoons.  She has a prize box and all the kids who remembered to complete and turn in their homework, she picks a few names out of a hat to get a little prize. Oriental Trading has loads of things that are perfect for her to hand out to the students.


I picked things that are not specific to any holiday because I am not sure what the kids in the class celebrate. I found these super cute snowman paddleball games in the Christmas section and since they are not holiday specific, they are perfect for everyone.


This Peanuts Bean Bag Toss game is also perfect for the class, right?  Who says you can’t have fun in school?


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I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to help the kids in my son’s class this year.  Do you ever volunteer or donate supplies to your child’s class?

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  92 Responses to “Santa Hat Cupcakes”

  1. Yes, whenever they ask. I donate supplies to the classroom…The cupcakes came out wonderful. Plus, they look so yummy!

  2. Okay, those cupcakes look adorable! I’ve seen the santa hat brownies, but never the cupcakes 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  3. My kids are all grown, but I was room mom for so many years when the kids were small. I also volunteered in the classroom and threw a huge baby shower for my son’s kindergarten teacher when she was expecting a baby. I think it’s so important to be involved in school and I love your Santa Hat Cupcakes. They are adorable!

  4. Those are absolutely adorable! I love all the great touches that really make it festive.

  5. I always volunteered in my girls rooms when they were in school. This brings back memories. Love the Peanuts Bean Bag toss and yes, it’s perfect for the classroom.

  6. I love Oriental Trading. It was perfect for me as a teacher and now that I am hosting more parties at home, it is a perfect place to pick up all the supplies I need. Your cupcakes are adorable.

  7. These are so cute and look delicious. A perfect (and easy) Christmas baking activity.

  8. I’m the class Mom is my son’s 7th grade class. Right now I’m planning their Christmas Party.

    I donate to my daughters 4 year old Daycare all of the time. Just this morning I donated building blocks for one of their play stations.

  9. I don’t get to volunteer like I used to when my other kids were younger. I wish I could because I miss it. I love how the cupcakes turned out. We’re not allowed to bring any homemade food into the school sadly. I miss those days.

  10. The santa hat cupcakes are so cute! I love this idea. My girls and I can make these for classroom treats!

  11. I love how simple these are to make. Maybe santa will get cupcakes this year instead of cookies.

  12. Those cupcakes are so lovely!! My son would love them!

  13. I love getting to help out in my son’s classroom. And taking the whole class little goodies like these cupcakes is just awesome. Their eyes all light up at the sign of a treat!

  14. So cute! My daughter is really into making fancy desserts right now so she would love to do these!

  15. Oh my goodness they are the most adorable cupcakes ever, I totally want one for myself! x

  16. What a fun cupcake idea for a holiday party! We are doing a gift exchange party with my kid’s friends, so everything in this post would be perfect!

  17. This is super cute. I love what an easy holiday treat it is to make.

  18. Now these cute cupcakes would be super fun to make. I love the fun things you picked out from Oriental Trading for the teacher’s prizes.

  19. These are so holiday festive and cute! I have a feeling mine would like like a “Pinterest Fail” compared to your fancy ones, but I just might give it a go anyway! 🙂

  20. These cupcakes are so super cute and make perfect holiday treats. I may make a batch for one of the many Christmas parties we have coming up.

  21. These cupcakes are super cute! My kids are in charge of desserts during the holidays somI know they’ll have a blast making these.

  22. These are super cute and festive! Super easy too!

  23. Those cupcakes look so cute! I will have to try that over the holidays, my kids would love them.

  24. These are very cute.
    They are perfect for the holiday.

  25. These are so awesome! I’m super happy that they’re easy to make. Even I can do this.

  26. I am so happy you were able to get your son the help he needed! I have a friend going through that right now and the stress of that is so intense. That is so awesome the teacher lets you come to volunteer! I love love the santa hat cupcakes what an awesome idea!!

  27. What a cute and easy idea! I’ll definitely have to try this and take them to holiday parties this year!


  28. Oh my gosh these santa hat cupcakes are freaking adorable! I need to try and make this soon!

  29. Your Santa Hat cupcakes are just too adorable!! It is so great that you are helping out your son’s class with supplies too !!

  30. Glad you finally were able to have a diagnosis. My daughter was also diagnosed this past summer – (ehhmm – $5K later for the tests!) But she is home educated, so we don’t have to worry about schools yet, but oce she begins high school, we will be all set.

  31. These Santa Hat cupcakes are so cute! They are perfect for my Christmas party coming up.

  32. Volunteering has its rewards and being able to be an active observer is one of them! I’m glad your cupcakes came out amazing, I’m sure they were well received.

  33. These are darling and so cute for kids to make – mine would love to make them and eat them.

  34. I’m in LOVE WITH THESE! They are so awesome. My boys could completely help me make these and we would have such a good time!

  35. First of all, as a lover of cupcakes, these are just adorable! And as a former teacher, I love seeing parents involved as much as they can be in their child’s education by volunteering in the classroom

  36. You’re so creative!!! These are totally adorable. The kinds are going to love them.

  37. Awww bless your youngest.
    These cupcakes look absolutely delicious

  38. Omg these are too cute I am going to make some Thursday night, but use green icing. Thanks for the idea

  39. This is so very cute!!! What a fun and great idea!

  40. The cupcakes are very cute and original – a fun project. My mom loves shopping at Oriental Trading, and now I’ve become a fan myself.

  41. I think it’s awesome to have those cupcakes at Christmas! They’re really easy to make and they’re going to be a hit with the kids as well.

  42. Glad to hear your son has a great teacher and is doing well.

    These cupcakes are adorable!

  43. I am glad that his teacher is so good and has been working hard. I love the look of these cute little santa hat cupcakes.

  44. This is such an adorable idea for holiday treats! Can’t wait to try it with the kids!

  45. What a great idea!! Love those cupcakes! Oriental Trading is the best!

  46. I bet kids and Santa won’t be able to resist those cupcakes! Love the collection of games you selected.

  47. I use to donate things like juice and cookies for the class parties for both my boys when the y were little. These Santa hat cupcakes are a really cute idea for any Christmas party. I will have to make these for sure. The kids will love helping me make these. Thanks for sharing the idea and recipe.

  48. These are adorable! We are doing a lot of baking since we are on our homeschool break through the holidays, this is definitely going on our to-do list!

  49. These are fantastic! I might have to make them with my daughter.

  50. These cupcakes look so fun. My kids would love to make these!

  51. This is very cool and perfect idea.. It so attractive and looks so tasty.. Kids will enjoy eating this lovely santa cupcakes.

  52. I’ll take two Santa hats please. My little guy will enjoy making these with me.

  53. Ok, I LOVE your Santa hat cupcakes. They are adorable, had to tweet them! And what a great idea about donating items from Oriental Trading. I really love Oriental Trading and often order too much. I’m sure I have leftover xmas supplies that I can give to my son’s teacher. Perfect!

  54. What super cute cupcakes! Great idea to do Santa hats. my kids would love these! So creative and fun!

  55. Those cupcakes are adorable!! I can’t wait to make them with my kiddos now. They will LOVE them!

  56. Oh my! These santa hat cupcakes are super cute!!

  57. I love these Santa hat cupcakes. I will have to get the supplies I need to make some this week. The kids will love them.

  58. These cupcakes are seriously so cute! I think my niece and nephew would go crazy over them at Christmas!

  59. wow these are so cuute! You just gave me a great idea on what to prepare this christmas! The kids will surely love these

  60. The cupcakes are so cute, and they look very festive! I’ve never heard about Oriental Trading but I totally love the idea to volunteer as in the class.

  61. those are soooo cute! I love em! Gonna make them with the kids!

  62. These look like the perfect for Christmas!!! I love how easy these are to make as well, I know my kids would love them.

  63. I love these! I was just trying to think of something cute the kids could help make to keep them busy.

  64. What a great cupcake recipe to have the kids make for the holidays. Love the simplicity of it

  65. I love the santa hat cupcakes. Looks so tasty.. It is very perfect to bake for christmas.

  66. These are absolutely adorable. I do a lot of baking this time of year and these would be perfect.

  67. These are so cute and my daughter would love them. Looks like we have something to bake together this weekend!

  68. These are so adorable! Very festive and bright. My children would love to make and eat these! I’ll have to share it with them.

  69. The cupcakes looks yummy! I know my children is going to love them. Can’t wait to bake these.

  70. Those turned out so cute!

    My 4th grader has ADHD and getting his diagnosis and an IEP really helped him so much.

  71. These are so cute. I’m glad to hear that your son has an IEP to help him at school. My youngest has an IEP and one of my older kiddos has a 504 and it really is helpful for them.

  72. They do look like fun! My brother-in-law used to work for Oriental Trading CO. It’s right here in Omaha.

  73. These are super cute! I love the deep red color.

  74. The cupcakes look delicious! I bet the teacher and kids really enjoyed them. I love Oriental Trading too. They definitely make great ideas for classroom projects.

  75. This sweet santa hat cupcakes looks so delicious and kids will enjoy eating.. Great recipes.

  76. These are so sweet. I am sure they are easy to make with kids and they’ll have no issue eating them I am sure!!! It would be great for a classroom. 🙂

  77. Those cupcakes are cute. I do really like Oriental Trading. Your items were perfect for passing out in the classroom!

    • Oh I while we’re on the topic, my son’s teacher put gum in the prize box to pass out in the classroom (as they earn a trip to it). Say wha??? lolol I wish she’s have put little toys instead. 😉

  78. We just made something similar last week, these are so much fun! These are perfect for kids to help with, too!

  79. This is such a super cute idea. My kids will love making these! I can’t wait to do this with them!!

  80. I love this cupcake idea. I’ve never really volunteered at my godchildren’s school because they don’t really have that option. If they did, I would’ve made my famous cornbread + whipcream by now. =)

  81. These cupcakes are too cute. My daughter would love to make these.

  82. Ah! These cupcakes are so cute! My kids have been so excited about the Christmas season and are dying for all things Christmas themed!

  83. Omg these cupcakes are too cute!!!! I bet they would be a huge hit with my Daughter

  84. This is clever. You always know how to do cool DIYs especially fun and festive for the kids!

  85. These look amazing and my kids would love to have ago at making them! Thankyou for sharing!

  86. This is an adorable cupcake for the holidays. My daughter would love these!

  87. Those are very cute cupcakes. I can definitely eat at least a dozen in one day. Love cupcakes.

  88. We don’t have kids yet, but I think this is a perfect idea. We had something similar (a prize box) in my elementary school days.
    I love how easy you make the Santa hats look–they’re perfect, and I never would have thought about that.
    Thank you for being inclusive to all–this totally looks like a fun class!

  89. How cute and simple are these santa hat cupcakes, I am loving them. Such a cute idea

  90. These are adorable! And the red icing?!! I’ve never seen that up here.. I have to add the red food colouring myself.

  91. These cupcakes are just oh-so adorable… I can hardly resist! My nieces would really love these, too!