Christmas reindeer chocolate cupcakes recipe

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Ready to give your chocolate cupcakes a Christmas overhaul? Give them a reindeer edge with some cute cupcake decorating know-how and please the kids to no end!


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  • Makes : 12
  • Prep time : 30 mins
  • Cooking time : 15 mins

Christmas reindeer chocolate cupcakes ingredients

  • 150g dark chocolate melts
  • 1 cup milk
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups self-raising flour
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • for icing: 2½ cups icing sugar, ¼ cup cocoa, 30g butter, softened and 3 tablespoons of milk (more may be required)
  • to decorate: red and brown M&Ms, pretzels, candy eyes, small plain biscuits (shortbread is excellent)


  • Preheat the oven to 160°C. Using two 12-cupcake tins, line with 18 paper cupcake papers.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the milk and chocolate. Heat over a low heat, stirring until smooth and silky, set aside to cool.
  • Using electric beaters or a stand mixer, beat together the sugar and butter until light in colour and creamy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each one until just combined.
  • Add the flours and cocoa, mixing until just combined.
  • Add the milk and chocolate mixture and mix until combined.
  • Spoon evenly between the cupcake papers. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven and let sit in the tray for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the icing, combine the icing sugar, cocoa and butter in a large bowl. Using electric beaters, beat together, adding milk until the desired consistency is attained.
  • Spread icing over each cupcake, placing a pair of pretzels and a biscuit on each one straight after you ice.
  • Using a small amount of icing in a ziplock bag (or use a toothpick), stick the eyes and nose in place.

Once decorated, they’re ready to eat! These are best decorated on the day you intend to eat them – no one likes soggy pretzels!

Find more great ideas for festive cooking and crafts in our Christmas section.


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