Reindeer cupcakes

Kids will love making these sweet Christmas cupcakes from Planet Cake. Curb your Christmas spirit with these adorable reindeer-themed treats. These delicious cupcakes are a perfect addition to any holiday gathering or class party. Decorated with chocolate antlers, pretzel legs, and a bright red candy nose, these reindeer cupcakes are as fun to make as they are to eat. Let your little ones indulge in the joy of baking and decorating and spread cheer this holiday season. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds and create unforgettable memories with these festive reindeer cupcakes!


  • 175g butter
  • 165g powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp natural vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 110g self-raising flour
  • 150g plain flour
  • 160 ml buttermilk
  • 500 g brown fondant icing, 100 g of it in a lighter brown
  • 50g fondant icing in the color red
  • 25g fondant icing in black
  • Twigs or wire for the antlers and spaghetti for attaching the ears
  • 140g chocolate, chopped
  • 75 ml double cream


How to decorate

Print this out instructions Learn how to decorate your cupcakes with a reindeer or Santa Claus design.

Preparation steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
  2. Line the holes of a 12-hole muffin tin with paper liners.
  3. Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time into the butter mixture.
  5. Add half the sifted flour and half the buttermilk and mix on low speed until well combined.
  6. Mix in the remaining flour and buttermilk.
  7. Divide the mixture evenly between the paper cases.
  8. Gently smooth the tops of the cupcakes so they rise evenly.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly golden brown and cooked through when tested with a skewer.
  10. Let the cupcakes stand in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.
  11. To make the ganache, place the chocolate in a bowl.
  12. Bring the cream to the boil and pour over the chocolate.
  13. Stir the mixture until smooth and allow to cool until solid.
  14. Frost the cupcakes with the ganache.
  15. Use brown fondant icing to decorate.
  16. Use different colors for ears, eyes and nose.
  17. Attach the ears to the head by pushing a 3cm piece of spaghetti into the ears and then into the head.

Nutritional Information

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Equipment and tools

To make these reindeer cupcakes you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer or whisk
  • Cupcake baking tray
  • Cupcake liners
  • Cooling rack
  • Piping bag
  • piping tip
  • Small knife or fondant cutter
  • rolling pin
  • Small brush

Allergen information

Please note that these reindeer cupcakes contain the following allergens:

  • butter
  • Eggs
  • Self-raising flour
  • Plain flour
  • Buttermilk
  • Chocolate
  • cream

If you or any of your guests suffer from allergies or dietary restrictions, please be sure to use appropriate alternative ingredients.

Storage and leftovers

If you have leftover reindeer cupcakes, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. However, for maximum flavor and texture, it is best to consume them fresh.

Please note that the chocolate coating may harden over time. If necessary, you can warm the cupcakes in the microwave for a few seconds before serving to soften the chocolate.

The Health Benefits of Reindeer Cupcakes

Enjoying a sweet treat like reindeer cupcakes can be a wonderful experience, especially during the holiday season. But did you know that these delicious treats can also provide some health benefits? Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients used in making reindeer cupcakes and explore their possible positive effects on our well-being.

1. Butter

The recipe calls for 175g butter, which adds richness and moisture to the cupcakes. Although butter should be consumed in moderation due to its high fat content, it still provides essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, E and K. Vitamin A is crucial for maintaining healthy vision and skin, while vitamin E plays an important role as an antioxidant, that protects our cells from damage.

2. Powdered sugar

To sweeten the cupcakes, use 165 g of powdered sugar. While excessive sugar consumption has been linked to various health problems, including obesity and heart disease, enjoying a treat like reindeer cupcakes in moderation can provide a temporary boost of energy. However, it is important to maintain a balanced diet and limit sugar consumption overall.

3. Natural vanilla extract

The recipe contains half a teaspoon of natural vanilla extract, which not only enhances the flavor but also provides potential health benefits. Vanilla contains small amounts of antioxidants that can help protect our bodies from free radicals. Additionally, it has been suggested that the scent of vanilla could have a calming effect on our mood.

4 eggs

The recipe uses two eggs at room temperature. Eggs are an excellent source of protein and provide essential amino acids needed for various body functions. They also contain vital vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12, vitamin D and selenium, all of which are important for maintaining healthy bones, muscles and immune function.

5. Self-raising flour and plain flour

The combination of 110g self-rising flour and 150g pure flour forms the base of the cupcakes. While these flours primarily contribute to the texture and structure of the cupcake, they also provide some important nutrients such as fiber and small amounts of B vitamins and minerals.

6. Buttermilk

Adding 160ml buttermilk to the recipe ensures a moist and tender cupcake. Buttermilk is low in fat and calories while still containing important nutrients like calcium and potassium. It can also contribute to a healthy gut as it contains probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria for our digestive system.

7. Fondant icing

The cupcakes are beautifully decorated with 500g fondant icing. Although fondant icing has a high sugar content, it adds aesthetic appeal to the cupcakes and ensures they are a visual delight. Remember to moderate your sugar consumption to avoid excessive sugar consumption.

8. Chocolate and double cream

For the finishing touch, the recipe calls for 140g chopped chocolate and 75ml double cream. Dark chocolate, in moderation, can be a source of antioxidants and help improve heart health. Although high in fat and calories, double cream can add a luxurious and creamy texture to the frosting, improving the overall flavor of the cupcakes.

Now that you know some of the potential health benefits of the ingredients used in reindeer cupcakes, you can enjoy these festive treats with a little less guilt. Remember that moderation and balance are key when enjoying food, even during the holidays.

Tips for decorating your cupcakes

If you’d like to transform your cupcakes into adorable reindeer or Santa Claus designs, print out the instructions included separately to add a touch of festive creativity to your treats!

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