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. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.

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