Christmas reindeer cupcakes

Christmas reindeer cupcakes


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About this recipe: Cute reindeer cupcakes for Christmas that the kids will absolutely adore. These cupcakes are great anytime of year, however - simply skip the reindeer decorating! You can get the kids to help you decorate for loads of family fun. If you want to skip the food colouring, simply make your favourite chocolate icing recipe instead.


Serves: 12 

  • Cupcakes
  • 125g butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 190g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 125ml milk
  • Icing
  • 125g icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • a little hot water
  • brown food colouring
  • To decorate
  • round vanilla biscuits
  • Smarties or jelly beans
  • pretzels
  • Tootsie Rolls® or dairy toffee sweets
  • cake decorating eyes or mini chocolate chips

Prep:25min  ›  Cook:17min  ›  Ready in:42min 

    For the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 C / 180 C Fan / Gas 6. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with large paper cases.
  2. Cream the butter, vanilla and sugar in a bowl with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined. Then stir in half the sifted flour and half the milk. Then stir in the remaining flour and milk. Fill the cases with the cupcake mixture.
  4. Bake cupcakes for 17 minutes in preheated oven. Poke one cupcake with a skewer to ensure they are cooked through. If mixture sticks to the skewer, continue to bake for another few minutes and retest. You don't want the cupcakes to peak as then you will have to cut the top off to make them even.
  5. Remove muffin tin from oven. Let cool in the tin for 5 minutes. Place on wire rack to cool completely.
  6. For the icing:

  7. Mix together the icing sugar, butter and milk. Stir well and add a little water only if needed to thin the consistency. Add food colouring, a bit at a time, till desired colour is reached. (Alternatively, you can use chocolate buttercream.)
  8. Ice the cupcakes once completely cool.
  9. To decorate as reindeer:

  10. Break pretzels in half to make antlers. Stick two antlers at the top of each cupcake. Create the reindeer face by adding the round biscuit as the snout. Using some icing as glue, attach a red jelly bean or Smartie to the biscuit as the nose. Above place the eyes. Finally squeeze half a Tootsie Roll or dairy toffee in half and add as an ear to the cupcake, the repeat with the other half to complete the reindeer.


Instead of brown coloured icing for the reindeer cupcakes, feel free to use chocolate buttercream icing, which will be naturally brown.

Another idea...

You could colour the icing any colour, such as red, blue or green, and then use white ready-rolled fondant icing to cut out Christmas-inspired shapes to stick on top of the cupcakes. Try stars, Christmas trees, holly leaves, etc. Silver dragees also make a festive addition to sprinkle over top.


Reindeer cupcakes
Reindeer cupcakes

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Reviews (2)


I made them - what a pain in the seating area!!! LOL Have you ever tried cutting damn pretzels!!!! And I made the eyes myself (will do it differently next time). I don't even get to eat them!! My mum wanted something different for a party she is going to!! Only thing was I found I needed twice as much icing - but that could just be me! Couldn't find any biscuits the right size so made them too! (I like them :D) - 06 Dec 2015


So cute! - 05 Dec 2015

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