Reindeer Cupcakes – Inspired by a classic Christmas movie, these homemade cupcakes are sure to be a hit this holiday season. Let me show you how to make these adorable cute cupcakes that are from scratch and not a cake mix.
This recipe has been updated since it first appeared in 2017 with new photos and a new printable recipe card that includes nutritional information. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed working on them!
I’m excited to be sharing these adorable Reindeer Cupcakes with you today. I’ve been wanting to do more fun recipes and I think these are perfect. These are great for your upcoming parties with family and friends or if your kids have parties at school and you need to send in treats.
I have to be honest with you, I really do miss those days of sending in treats with the kids for classroom parties. It seems I was always baking when the kids were in grade school, not to mention when our son was on the football team.
Another fun idea for these reindeer cupcakes would be to have the kids decorate their very own cupcake on Christmas Day. It’s always fun to have an activity of some sort for the kids to help with all the excitement of opening gifts and getting together with the cousins.
Homemade Vanilla Cupcake Recipe
This is a homemade vanilla cupcake recipe with an easy homemade chocolate frosting recipe. However, for the sake of time you can always substitute a boxed cake mix and a canned frosting, however, you will be surprised at how amazing the homemade cupcakes and frosting do taste.
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- Candy eyes
- Small pretzel twists
- Muffin/Cupcake Pan
- Cookie scoops – these help with getting the cake batter in the cupcake liners and not all over the cupcake pan. Trust me.
- Christmas cupcake wrappers – these are perfect for school parties!
Make sure you print out the recipe below and save it for later!
Ingredients for the Cupcakes
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups of flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup milk
Ingredients for the Frosting
- 1/3 cup butter softened
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
Ingredients for Decorating the Cupcakes
- 24 pretzel twists
- 12 red M and M’s candy pieces
- 24 candy eyes
How to Make the Cupcake Batter
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well. In another bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients.
Add dry ingredients slowly to wet, mixing between each addition. Stir in milk and continue to mix until all is combined.
Easy Tip for Filling the Cupcake Pan
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for a few minutes then remove the cupcakes to a cooling rack to cool completely before adding the frosting.
How to Prepare the Chocolate Frosting
In a large bowl, mix butter, cocoa, milk, and vanilla. Add the powdered sugar and mix well.
If frosting is too dry, add a tablespoon or two of milk and mix. If it is too runny, add a small amount of powdered sugar. Repeat either of these until you reach the desired consistency for your frosting.
How to Decorate the Reindeer Face
- Spread the frosting on the top of each cupcake using either the back of a knife or an offset spatula.
- Or you can also use disposable decorating pastry bags fitted with a swirl type tip to get a more professional look to the cupcakes.
- To make your reindeer face, use two pretzel twists for antlers, candy eyes, and red M and M’s for the nose.
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For the Cupcakes
For the Frosting
How to Make the Cupcakes
How to Make the Chocolate Frosting
How to Decorate the Cupcakes
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 434Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 470mgCarbohydrates: 74gFiber: 2gSugar: 39gProtein: 6g
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