These reindeer cupcakes are just as delicious as they are cute. You start with cupcakes with icing, add some decorations, and wa-la! sweet reindeer faces. I make them for fundraiser bake sales and the little kids always want to buy them first.
Another inexpensive, fun idea for fundraisers are these little Snowman Hot Chocolate Kits using baby food jars.
The recipe I used for these chocolate cupcakes is the one that makes people say ‘These are the most delicious cupcakes I have ever had in my life‘. I hear it every time we share them. And you will soon be saying this too. Unless you use some other recipe.
The reindeer faces look just like cartoon bears until the pretzel antlers are added. I have nothing against bears but they are sloppy flyers with a poor sense of direction so I prefer reindeer.
What I learned from this experience is that breaking up pretzels to make pairs of matching antlers is an acquired skill. In other words, buy four times more pretzels than you need because crazy breakage will happen. But the antlers are a cute touch. Agreed?
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- Buy what you need from the Decorations and Ingredients lists below.
- Bake the cupcakes.
- First make the frosting without the cocoa. Set aside one tablespoon of white frosting for the reindeer eyes and then mix the rest with cocoa.
- Frost the cupcakes.
- Give them faces and antlers.
- Sell, eat, enjoy!
Ingredients (makes 16 large cupcakes)
1 1/4 cup white sugar
1 cup buttermilk (or one cup milk with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar mixed in)
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Set oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine eggs and sugar in mixer.
Gradually add buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla.
Slowly add flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt until everything is well combined.
The batter will be quite liquidy. This is good. The cupcakes will be delish.
Fill muffin tin liners 2/3 full.
Bake 20-22 minutes.
Cool completely before icing.
1/3 cup softened unsalted butter
3 cups icing sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Tip: If you want to make your reindeer look like mine, first mix the icing without the cocoa, Set a tablespoon of this white icing aside, and then mix the 1/3 cup cocoa powder in the remaining icing. The white icing is used for the eyes.
Combine the butter, icing sugar, and cocoa powder in a mixer.
Add milk and vanilla gradually. When well-combined, increase speed until nice and fluffy. Like your dog.
Keep in mind that some of the frosting is needed for applying the decorations so don’t use it all up covering the cupcakes.
Frost the cooled cupcakes and apply the vanilla wafers (for the muzzle) as you go while the frosting is still moist.
- Antlers: pretzels. You’ll need 2 pretzels per cupcake plus lots of extras for mistakes (if you’re a klutz like me). Break them up into matching pairs. Try to end up with a straight end to insert into the cupcake.
- Ears: chocolate sticks
, broken up chocolate pretzels, or any other chocolatey candy you can shape into ears. Or ear-like devices.
- Eyes: Apply a circle of white icing and stick on an M&M or Smarties (yay, Canada!).
- Muzzle: Apply a vanilla wafer
along one side of the cupcake. You can stick it in place with frosting.
- Nose: M&Ms or Smarties. Apply with frosting.
- Mouth: soft gel paste food colour
(I used black).
Stay tuned for upcoming under-dressed gingerbread people. If you’re lucky.
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