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!

A delicious, ever-so-chocolatey chocolate cupcake recipe, these reindeer cupcakes are a delicious festive sweet treat.

christmas reindeer cupcakes recipe

Christmas reindeer chocolate cupcakes ingredients

For cupcakes:

  • 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
  • 3 tablespoons of milk (more may be required)

To decorate:

  • red and brown M&Ms
  • pretzels
  • candy eyes
  • small plain biscuits (shortbread is excellent)


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C. Using two 12-cupcake tins, line with 18 paper cupcake reindeer cupcakes recipe
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the milk and chocolate. Heat over a low heat, stirring until smooth and silky, set aside to reindeer cupcakes recipe
  3. Using electric beaters or a stand mixer, beat together the sugar and butter until light in colour and creamy.
    christmas reindeer cupcakes recipe
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each one until just reindeer cupcakes recipe
  5. Add the flours and cocoa, mixing until just reindeer cupcakes recipe
  6. Add the milk and chocolate mixture and mix until reindeer cupcakes recipe
  7. Spoon evenly between the cupcake papers. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked reindeer cupcakes recipe
  8. Remove from the oven and let sit in the tray for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool reindeer cupcakes recipe
  9. 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 reindeer cupcakes recipe
  10. Spread icing over each cupcake, placing a pair of pretzels and a biscuit on each one straight after you reindeer cupcakes recipe
  11. Using a small amount of icing in a ziplock bag (or use a toothpick), stick the eyes and nose in reindeer cupcakes recipe

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

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