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Adorable Reindeer Cupcake Recipe for Christmas

Make Santa's reindeer their own cupcakes for Christmas Eve. These Reindeer Cupcakes are so festive for any holiday party.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cupcake, christmas dessert, christmas party food, cupcake, cupcake recipe, cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 89kcal
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


  • Once your cupcakes are out of the oven, ensure you cool them completely on a wire rack before decorating.

How to make Buttercream Frosting

  • In an electric stand mixer, beat together butter, sugar, cocoa and milk on medium speed, gradually increasing it to high.
  • 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

  • Add two pretzels on each cupcake: these will be your reindeer’s “antlers.”
    cupcake with brown frosting and pretzel antlers
  • Add candy eyes and dot a nose with your red decorating frosting. Enjoy and happy holidays!
    chocolate cupcakes made to look like a reindeer


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg