Reindeer Cupcakes

I'm a sucker for the classics!  Recently my husband and I were talking about how kids are not as overly excited as we are when the classic Christmas programs come on TV. 

I tend to make a big deal about the classics when they come on. We make it a family affair. No cell phones, just all sitting around watching it together by the glow of the Christmas tree and the decorations. There's snacks, hot cocoa, and lots of snuggles. My hope is one day my kids will do the same with our thier kids. It may take them becoming parents to realize why we make such a big deal over it. 

Growing up we did not have access to cartoons 24/7. It was on Saturday mornings and on special holidays and occasions. You grew to appreciate when they came on. 

We came to the conclusion that it is why we enjoy them so much still today and our kids are like "yeah whatever!" 

So when Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer appears on the television, these cupcakes make an appearance. Super easy to make and super fun to eat. Well I guess any excuse to have cupcakes is a good one, right? 

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Reindeer Cupcakes

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 35 mins
A simple decorated Christmas cupcake inspired by a classic holiday program.


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


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line your cupcake pan with cupcake wrappers. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well. In another bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients slowly to wet, mixing between each addition. Stir in milk. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full, and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Chocolate Frosting

prep time: 10 MINScook time: total time: 10 mins


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


In a large bowl, mix butter, cocoa, milk, and vanilla. Add powdered sugar and mix well. If frosting is too dry, add a tablespoon or two of milk and mix. If it is too runny, add a small amount of powdered sugar. Repeat either of these until you reach the desired consistency for your frosting. To make your reindeer face, use two pretzel twists for antlers, candy eyes, and red M&Ms for the nose.


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