Monday, December 19, 2011

Fool-proof Reindeer Cupcakes

I love the holidays, themes or anything that gives me an excuse to go all out. After looking through pinterest the other day I saw these cupcakes and decided I could easily recreate them. I am horrible with piping and icing, so these cupcakes are fool-proof and adorable. They got lots of oohs and ahhs from my coworkers and friends. These are super cute and easy to make.
I actually used cake mix for these cupcakes and I still received tons of compliments from these so I will share with you my go to Cake Mix recipe.

Reindeer Cupcakes
Ingredients for Cake (makes 24)
1 Box of Betty Crockers Triple Fudge Cake Mix
1 Box of Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix
1 tsp Vanilla extract
3 Eggs
1/3 Cup of oil
1 1/4 Cups Water
Ingredients for frosting
1 Can of Dark Chocolate Icing
1 Can of Buttercream Frosting
Ingredients for topping
Chocolate Chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix together cake mix, pudding, vanilla extract, eggs, water and oil.
3. Fill cupcake tins lined with cupcake holders about 2/3 of the way and cook for 20 minutes.
4. While cupcakes are cooking mix together the buttercream and chocolate frosting (this is how I got the lighter brown).
5. After cupcakes are cooled, spread on frosting, stick pretzels at the top, put chocolate chips in for the eyes and an M&M for the nose.

-I had a lot of holiday things I had to prepare for so I just used mixes but they turned out really well.
-I mixed the 2 icings together to get the lighter brown color and the icings tasted awesome together-but you can use any icing, just plain chocolate, or buttercream/vanilla with brown food coloring. 


  1. These are cute! I love making themed treats for any holiday!

  2. I am definitely all in favor of something chocolate, easy to prepare and makes for a festive presentation. You post here embodies all those elements and I would have loved to been one of your co-workers! Sometimes piped icing can make something look manufactured, but your cupcakes look whimsical and inviting-well done. Kudos to you creating on your own based just off of sight.

  3. Oh, these are darling! Easy enough for even me to decorate! And who doesn't love a chocolate cupcake?

  4. These are so cute... how the heck did I miss them yesterday! I have to make these for my kids... I am so into the "cute foodie" stuff! Thank you for giving me an easy way to make these... without having to pipe the face with icing. M&Ms, choc chips and pretzels.. perfect for me. :)