Reindeer Cupcakes Recipe

Kristan Roland | Confessions of a Cookbook Queen Updated

Adorable reindeer cupcakes made with edible button eyes and pretzels for an easy holiday dessert. Your kids will go gaga over this sweet...

Reindeer Cupcakes Photo

I absolutely LOVE the month of December!! Such is my love of the holiday season that I drive my family absolutely crazy. At this point, I am pretty sure they just indulge me. I can't tell you HOW many times I've heard my husband whisper to our son, "Just do it…it means so much to your mom".

That should probably bother me, but it totally doesn't. I want all Christmas all the time, by any means possible. So?

Of course, my oven is working overtime this month. There are so many people to bake for, and so many ideas crammed in this brain of mine. There is inspiration everywhere this time of year, particularly for cupcakes. I'm always working through ideas in my mind -- swirls of frosting, candies, even the occasional cookie or pretzel stick all come together to form a picture.

It's normal to think in frosting, right?

Reindeer Cupcakes Picture

I've done Snowmen cupcakes and even North Pole cupcakes in the past, but this month, Reindeer Cupcakes were in my sights. Once I had these cute guys in my mind, I had to make them and see if they would come together as cute as I imagined. And I'm SO happy to say that they did!!

I really love it when simple and cute come together -- the less fussy the better. These Reindeer Cupcakes are nothing more than a swirl of frosting, some broken pretzel twists, sugar eyes, and a red candy nose. Completely edible and sure to bring a smile to a sweet little face!!

Imagine them on your holiday dessert table, along with Chocolate Peppermint FondueHomemade Candy Cane Joe Joes, and even this Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownie recipe. It’ll be a festival of red, white and sprinkles. Amen.

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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

  24 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Salted Butter, slightly softened (4 sticks)
  • 2/3 cup Heavy Cream, plus more if needed
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 7 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix powdered sugar and cocoa powder together; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter, vanilla, and cream on medium low speed until smooth and combined.
  3. Decrease mixer speed to low and slowly add powdered sugar mixture, beating on low until barely mixed. Increase speed to high and beat for about a minute and a half, until smooth, light and fluffy. A butter knife should easily move through frosting -- if too thick, add cream, 2 tablespoons at a time until desired consistency is reached.

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Recipe Yields: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cupcake
Servings Per Recipe 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 168
Calories 446

% Daily Value*
32%
Total Fat 21g
40%
  Saturated Fat 8g
17%
Sodium 406mg
19%
Total Carbohydrate 58g
0%
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 42g
4%
Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.

Reindeer Cupcakes Recipe

  24 Servings

Ingredients

  • Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
  • 24 Vanilla Cupcakes, or your favorite homemade or cake mix cupcake recipe
  • 48 Pretzels, not mini
  • 24 m&m's Milk Chocolate M&Ms, red, or any small red round candy
  • 48 Candy Eyes, or mini chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Break pretzel twists into "antlers" by breaking off the top two rounded parts at the top of the pretzel. Set aside.
  2. Pipe frosting using a piping bag fitted with jumbo round piping tip in a swirl on top of cupcakes.
  3. Insert two "antlers" in the top of each, with the smooth sides facing out.
  4. Gently press eyes into the top front of the frosting.
  5. Press a red candy nose slightly below the eyes in the center.

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Published:
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Cooking Method:
Baked
Category:
Christmas
Tags:
, , , , , ,
Related Recipes:
Cupcake Recipes, Christmas Recipes, Holiday Recipes, Party Food Recipes, Vanilla Cupcake Recipes, Chocolate Recipes, Baked Recipes
Recipe Yields:
24 cupcakes
Prep Time:
Total Time:
Related Post:
Published:
Author: Kristan Roland
Recipe Yields: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cupcake
Servings Per Recipe 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 168
Calories 446

% Daily Value*
32%
Total Fat 21g
40%
  Saturated Fat 8g
17%
Sodium 406mg
19%
Total Carbohydrate 58g
0%
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 42g
4%
Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Kristan Roland

About Kristan

Kristan is known for her candy creations and hilarity on Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. We know where her true genius is, though: fanciful fanatical cupcake and cake creations!