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Adorable Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes Recipe

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

Christmas is just around the corner and I’m sure you’re all looking for some great recipes to make with your family. These rudolph cupcakes make just the cutest thing for your holiday table, alongside these Christmas Tree Cupcakes.

The perfect treat for any holiday party, these reindeer cupcakes are so much fun for throughout the Christmas holidays.

Made with a homemade cake mix and topped off with a yummy chocolate buttercream frosting, these sweet reindeer cupcakes have a candy red nose and pretzel antlers to look like an adorable Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!

reindeer cupcakes

With just a few simple ingredients, they’re ready in less than an hour. You’ll be sure to get compliments on how adorable your treats look AND taste when you serve these at next year’s holiday event.

The kids will love helping out in the kitchen baking the cutest christmas cupcakes, they’re even perfect for classroom parties!

Make your own Rudolph Cupcakes this holiday season!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cupcake

How to Make this Reindeer Cupcakes Recipe:

I have a free printable recipe card on the bottom of this post with full instructions and ingredients! 



Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Start out with a simple vanilla cupcake or chocolate cupcakes recipe.

Fill a cupcake pan with cupcake liners and fill pan 2/3 full.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Cool the cupcakes on a cooling rack until room temperature and then frost.

vanilla cupcakes unfrosted on a cake plate

Make the Chocolate Fudge Frosting and frost the top of each cupcake.

To make your reindeer face use two mini pretzels as reindeer antlers at the top of the cupcake, candy eyes in the center of the cupcake and a red candy piece or a red m&m for the nose.

Store your cupcakes in an airtight container.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cupcake

Looking for some more adorable reindeer desserts? Try these
Reindeer Cookies or Rice Krispies treats.

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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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