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Adorable Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes Recipe

Experience the joy of the holiday season with adorable Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes. Learn how to create these whimsical treats that will delight both kids and adults this time of year. 

reindeer cupcakes

The holiday season is a time of magic and wonder, and what better way to capture that spirit than through the whimsical charm of Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes? 

These delightful treats not only taste fantastic but also bring smiles to faces of all ages. Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes will compliment adorable reindeer desserts like reindeer cookies on your holiday table.

We’ll teach you how to make these cute and creative cupcakes that are perfect for a Christmas party, family gatherings, or even as a fun project for your kids throughout the Christmas holidays. 

Our adorable rudolph cupcakes add a touch of whimsy and festivity to any event during the holiday season, making them a creative and tasty way to spread joy and the holiday spirit 

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cupcake

How to Make Reindeer Cupcakes



Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

To start your journey into the world of Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes, you’ll need to have your favorite cupcake recipe prepared. 

Fill cupcake liners 2/3’rd full of batter and bake according to your recipe’s directions. 

Cool your cupcakes on a cooling rack. 

Once your cupcakes have cooled, it’s time to transform them into reindeer. 

vanilla cupcakes unfrosted on a cake plate

Begin by adding a generous dollop of chocolate buttercream to the top of each cupcake, which will serve as the reindeer’s “fur.” 

To make a reindeer face, add a pair of edible candy eyes, a red candy piece for Rudolph’s red nose and use black icing to create the reindeer’s mouth. As a final touch, use pretzels on top of the cupcake to serve as reindeer antlers.

Store your cute reindeer cupcakes in an airtight container.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cupcake

Tips for Making Your Own Reindeer Cupcakes with Pretzels for Antlers

  • Before you start, gather all your ingredients and supplies, including cupcake liners, decorating tools, and toppings. 
  • Begin with a cupcake recipe you’re familiar with and trust. Ensure that the cupcakes are thoroughly baked, moist, and delicious as the base for your reindeer cupcakes. If all else fails, use a boxed cake mix. 
  • Choose a frosting that compliments the flavor of your cupcakes. Buttercream and cream cheese frostings are popular options. You can tint the frosting with food coloring if you want a specific reindeer color.
  • Get creative with different reindeer face designs. Try variations in the shape, size, and placement of the antlers, eyes, and mouth to create unique reindeer characters.
  • Let the decorated cupcakes set for a short while to allow the frosting to firm up and any decorative elements to adhere properly.
  • If you plan to give your reindeer cupcakes as gifts, consider packaging them in festive boxes, tins, or cellophane with a ribbon for a thoughtful and attractive presentation.

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Reindeer Cupcakes Recipe FAQs

How to make antlers for cupcakes?

There are several creative options for making antlers for reindeer cupcakes. Mini pretzel antlers, chocolate-covered pretzels, fondant, chocolate antlers or mini candy canes can be used to create antler shapes. Decorating cupcakes with these antlers adds a whimsical and festive touch, making them perfect for holiday celebrations.

How do you frost Christmas cupcakes?

Frosting Christmas cupcakes is a fun and creative process. Start by ensuring your cupcakes are completely cool. Prepare your chosen frosting, optionally adding food coloring for festive colors. You can use a piping bag with a tip or an offset spatula to apply the frosting, creating smooth or decorative designs. Decorate your cupcakes with sprinkles, edible glitter, or holiday-themed toppers for a festive touch. Allow the frosting to set, and your Christmas cupcakes will be visually appealing and ready to enjoy during the holiday season.

reindeer cupcakes

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cupcakes

Yield: 1 dozen
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This cute Reindeer Cupcakes recipe will be the perfect addition for your Christmas party this year, getting everyone into the holiday spirit!


  • For 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
  • 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
  • 24 pretzel twists
  • 12 red M&Ms
  • 24 candy eyes


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line your cupcake pan with cupcake wrappers.

Make your vanilla cupcakes. Vanilla Cupcake recipe can be found here.

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full, and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Let the cupcakes cool.

Make the Chocolate Buttercream frosting.

Frost the reindeer cupcakes.

Use the pretzels as antlers, add the eyes and a red nose to make these adorable Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cupcakes!

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Thursday 9th of December 2021

These look so adorable and easy to make!

Ashley Chassereau Parks

Thursday 25th of January 2018

These are so cute!! I love the candy eyes so much!! I know my girls would love to help decorate these!! I need to make them for our family Christmas party next year!

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