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Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes

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Make the cutest cupcakes for Christmas! These reindeer cupcakes are homemade vanilla cupcakes topped with chocolate frosting and decorated with pretzels to look like everyone’s favorite reindeer – Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer!

Reindeer cupcakes with red jelly bean noses.

I share a simple from-scratch vanilla cupcake recipe for these Rudolph Cupcakes, but you can absolutely use your favorite recipe or use a boxed cake mix. The important part is top them with chocolate frosting and follow my decorations to turn them into sweet little reindeer with candy red noses.

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Reindeer Cupcakes on a cooling rack.

How to decorate cupcakes to look like reindeer?

  1. Start by frosting your cooled cupcakes with chocolate frosting.
  2. Then, use mini pretzels for the horns. I like the fun candy eyes that includes some with eyelashes.
  3. Use a red jellybean for the nose – or a red hot. You can even use red M&Ms if you want.

There are many ways to give the red nose that will make it absolutely adorable and tasty as can be!

Two reindeer cupcakes on a decorative plate, above a red bow.

More Festive Holiday Fun!

Two reindeer cupcakes on a decorative plate.

Reindeer Cupcakes Recipe

Aileen Clark
Make the cutest cupcakes for Christmas! These reindeer cupcakes are homemade vanilla cupcakes topped with chocolate frosting and decorated to look like everyone's favorite reindeer – Rudolph!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 1 dozen cupcakes
Calories 359 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 container chocolate frosting
  • 24 mini pretzels
  • 24 candy eyes
  • 12 red jelly beans


  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
    Dry ingredients in a glass mixing bowl.
  • In a seperate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, butter, and vanilla.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
    Wet and dry ingredients in a glass mixing bowl.
  • Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 full with batter.
    Muffin tin filled with cupcake batter.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  • Remove cupcakes from oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Let fully cool.
    Cupcakes frosted with chocolate frosting, sitting on a cooling rack.
  • Once cupcakes have cooled, frost cupcakes with the chocolate frosting.
  • Place two pretzels on the top two corners of the cupcake.
    Chocolate cupcakes with two mini pretzels for antlers.
  • Add two candy eyes.
    Chocolate cupcakes on a cooling rack with candy eyes and pretzel antlers.
  • Add a jelly bean to create a nose.
    Reindeer Cupcakes on a cooling rack.
  • Enjoy.
    A cooling rack of cupcakes next to two reindeer cupcakes.


Serving: 1cupcakeCalories: 359kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 6gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 678mgFiber: 1gSugar: 24g
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Two Rudolph the red nosed reindeer cupcakes on a gold and white decorative plate.

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