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Adorable Reindeer Cupcake Recipe for Christmas
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Make Santa's reindeer their own cupcakes for Christmas Eve. These Reindeer Cupcakes are so festive for any holiday party.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cupcake, christmas dessert, christmas party food, cupcake, cupcake recipe, cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Lindsay
  • 12 of your favorite chocolate cupcakes
Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
Reindeer Decoration
  • 24 pretzels
  • 24 googly candy eyes
  • Red decorating frosting or Red Hots
  1. Once your cupcakes are out of the oven, ensure you cool them completely on a wire rack before decorating.
How to make Buttercream Frosting
  1. In an electric stand mixer, beat together butter, sugar, cocoa and milk on medium speed, gradually increasing it to high.
  2. Once the ingredients are mixed, smooth, and form stiff peaks, your buttercream is ready. Frost each cupcake with a frosting bag.

How to make the pretzel reindeer
  1. Add two pretzels on each cupcake: these will be your reindeer’s “antlers.”

  2. Add candy eyes and dot a nose with your red decorating frosting. Enjoy and happy holidays!