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How To Make Adorable Reindeer Cupcakes

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Hi friends! Happy Holidays! It’s the holiday season time of the year for holiday baking. Read on to see how I made these adorable reindeer cupcakes with pretzels for antlers but with a chocolate twist! For some holiday inspiration, click here or scroll down to the bottom for more Christmas dessert inspiration.

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I wanted to create some reindeer cupcakes with eyelashes, so I settled on chocolate melts because they provided a smooth and firm surface to paint the eyelashes on. I used Sweet Tooth Fairy chocolate melts in pumpkin spice (because of the color), but any brand of compound chocolate will work. I also used coconut oil for the chocolate to be more smooth and more liquid to avoid the buttercream falling off the cupcake because the chocolate was too thick. Make sure you freeze the cupcakes at least 5 minutes to get the buttercream firm before dipping. I used this red velvet cupcake recipe for the cupcakes. Scroll down for the buttercream recipe that I use.

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How to make an Adorable Reindeer Cupcakes Step by Step

Materials Needed

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Line the cupcake pan with gold cupcake liners. Bake your cupcakes as directed according to the recipe. Allow them to cool.

Step 2: Create your preferred buttercream recipe. Scroll down for the buttercream recipe I use.

Step 3: Snip a piping bag to create a medium hole (similar to a 2A piping tip) and fill with buttercream.

Step 4: Start piping to create a thick swirl. Make sure you freeze the cupcake at least 5 minutes to get the buttercream firm before dipping.

Piping Buttercream

Step 5: Melt the entire bag of chocolate melts in a heatproof microwave bowl for 30 seconds and continue melting at 15-second intervals until all melt.

Step 5: Add 2-3 tsp of coconut oil to get the chocolate to be extra smooth and more liquidy.

Step 6: Pour the chocolate into a short glass with a wide brim to allow the cupcake to be dipped.

Step 7: Begin to dip the cupcake slowly. Slowly rotate to get all the edges covered and slowly pull up.

About to Dip
Dipped Chocolate Cupcake

Step 8: Quickly add sprinkles on the bottom of the buttercream. Place the red sprinkle ball as the nose.

Placing Sprinkles
Placing red sprinkle ball

Step 10: Place the pretzels (broken up and dusted with gold edible glitter) on each side of the cupcake.

Placing anthers
Placing preztels

Step 11: Allow the chocolate to firm up, and continue working on the rest of the cupcakes.

Step 10: Once the chocolate is firm, paint the eyelashes with a thin paintbrush and edible black paint.

Painting eyelashes
edible eyelashes

All done! They’re ready for your holiday gathering dessert table!

Adorable Reindeer Cupcakes
Reindeer Cupcake
Cute Reindeer Cupcakes
Cute Reindeer Cupcake
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Adorable Reindeer Cupcakes Buttercream Recipe

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  • Total Time: 10 minutes


-2 stick butter (Cool to touch or Room Temp. Make sure it is not too warm)
-6-7 cups powdered sugar
-1 TBSP of vanilla
-3 TBSP heavy cream (add more as needed if too thick. Add more powdered sugar if too thin)


1. Place the butter in the mixing bowl with a whisk attachment
2. Beat the butter on a high speed until all creamy (1 minute)
3. Add Powdered Sugar to the bowl (start with 1 cup at a time to avoid powder clouds)
4. Add 1 TSBP of Heavy Cream halfway and add another TSBP before you reach 6-7 cups. If it seems too thick, add the last 1 TBSP of heavy cream.
5. Set the mixer on the lowest setting to get rid of air bubbles for a few minutes with a paddle attachment.

  • Author: Diana Yvette
  • Prep Time: 10

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How long do they last?

They will last for a few days.

How to Make Adorable Reindeer Cupcakes
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