Reindeer Christmas Cupcakes

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Holiday Reindeer Christmas cupcakes are a must-make during the season.

The kids love them, young at heart, and they are so darn easy to make and fun too!

What's not to love, starting out with a cake mix but with added ingredients becomes a semi-homemade mayonnaise cake recipe included below in the printable recipe card.

Then using store-bought cookies and frosting with an artistic charm that everyone loves, you're on your way to Reindeer Christmas cupcake fun.

The office will love them, great to bring to a holiday party or just a fun project for the kids.

These even look fantastic on the Holiday table for a festive Christmas centerpiece since they are so cute and they taste so darn delicious.

Take a quick look at these printable easy instructions on the recipe card below and have some holiday cheer and fun with the family!

these are reindeer cupcakes for the Christmas holiday called Rudolph

Fun Times

I love making food art and not only do we make cupcakes, but the reindeer cookies we made with my mom's peanut butter cookie recipe are perfect to top a cupcake also or leave on the holiday cookie tray for more festive cookie treats.

The cupcakes in the bottom right are decorated with colorful m & m's and tinted green slivered almonds.

these are reindeer cookies on to of cupcakes for the Christmas holiday called Rudolph

Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer

Well, Rudolph can be really easy to make like these chocolate frosted cupcakes, a cherry nose and broken antler pretzel ears.

The kids had such a blast with these and made everyone one these with google eyes just by piping a little white frosting with a dot of black in the center.

This was a great family fun experience anyone can do and get you in the holiday spirit.

You really can use just about anything to decorate these with, to make all kinds of different faces on your reindeer.

these are chocolate frosted reindeer cupcakes for the Christmas holiday called Rudolph

Ingredients You Will Need

  1. cupcakes baked
  2. frosting chocolate and vanilla
  3. vanilla wafers
  4.  maraschino cherries or red hots cinnamon candy
  5. marshmallow for eye or candy eyes already made or use piping frosting
  6. pretzels

this is a bowl of chocolate frosting

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Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

Holiday Peanut Butter Candy

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Cookie Cutter Pancakes

Graham Cracker Houses

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Check Out The Photos

As you can see to make these reindeer cupcakes, they are simple to follow.

Just look at the photos and how easy they are, each of them is a little different.

Whether you use the cookies, frost them with simple decorating ideas you can transform them and adapt them any way you want.

Try using colorful candies of any kind and have fun with this as a family traditional projects with the kids.

Fun to make and fun to eat!

Rudolph Cupcakes

Rudolph Cupcakes

Yield: 24
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 35 Mtotal time: 45 M
Easy festive holiday Rudolph the Reindeer cupcakes. He had a very shiny nose and all the kids love them even if they say it glows! Make some fun time for the holidays with these delicious easy cupcake ideas!


  • 1 bag of large pretzels (leave the whole or  broken in half to make antlers)
  • 1 large bottle of maraschino cherries cut in four pieces and blotted dry with paper towels for the nose or see other options below
  • 1 bag of miniature marshmallows cut into pieces
  • mini chocolate chips for the pupils or see below for other options
  • white frosting and chocolate frosting
  • vanilla wafers mini or regular depending on the size of your cupcakes
  • a piping bag (if using to decorate) or use a zip lock bag
  • 1 box of your favorite chocolate cake mix
  • Note: see photos to choose what you would like to decorate your reindeer with
  • Optional: use candy eyes already made, M and M's for the nose, red hot candy or maraschino cherries, or make out of tinted frosting
  • Cake:
  • 1 chocolate or white cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup of water


How to cook Rudolph Cupcakes

  1. Pour the cake mix into a bowl and add the eggs, mayonnaise, and water. 
  2. Beat with an electric mixer until well blended around 3 minutes.
  3. Pour into paper-lined cupcake tins. Bake until middles are set and a toothpick comes out clean. Around 20 minutes.
  4. Cool Completely.
  5. Frost with canned chocolate frosting and pick out a method to decorate them.
  6. To Decorate:
  7. Either top them with Peanut butter reindeer cookies (as shown in the photo above) or add vanilla wafers, red hots for the nose, pretzels, and cut marshmallows and mini chocolate chips for eyes.
  8. You can also make cupcakes frosted:
  9. Use broken pretzel pieces for antlers. 
  10. Mini marshmallows cut up for the background of the eyes or white frosting.
  11. Add the cherry pieces for the nose. 
  12. Place 1/3 cup frosting in a zip lock bag snip off the end slightly.
  13. Use to pipe eyes onto marshmallows. 
  14. These freeze well and can be made ahead of time for all your party and entertainment needs!
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these are easy festive rudolph cupcakes for Christmas

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Chocolate Torte
Mock Cassata Cake for Easter (cake mix recipe)
Cream of Coconut Cake

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2012. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. What do you mean put a smile on your children's face, they made me smile. I love that you go all out even though our kids are gown. These cupcakes are awesome.

  2. Haha. Fun and festive. And yummy looking, too! :)

  3. So easy and so adorable. Can't get any more festive.

  4. So very festive and fun! Bet they taste just as amazing!

  5. These are so darn cute! I bet your grandchildren love seeing your fun, festive treats! Hope you enjoy every second of the holidays. xoxo


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