12 November 2013

Rudolf the Reindeer Cupcake Recipe - Christmas Baking

With Christmas fast approaching we thought we would share an amazing recipe we found to get you inspired for the season! These cute Rudolf the Reindeer cupcakes are perfect for baking with children and we're sure they'll be very excited to add the decorations on top. Or if you want to keep them for just the adults, then add the optional Irish Cream Liqueur for a creamy and tasty twist! 
Reindeer Christmas Cupcakes


  • 125g/4½oz butter, softened
  • 175g/6oz caster sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 200g/7oz self raising flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 100ml/3½fl oz milk
  • 100g/3½oz dark 70% cocoa solids chocolate, melted
  • 2 tbsp Irish cream liqueur (optional)
For the chocolate icing
  • 50g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tbsp double cream
To decorate
  • giant chocolate buttons
  • crisp-coated chocolates (such as Smarties or M&Ms)
  • mini pretzels
  • black writing icing
  • mini marshmallows, sliced

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3. Line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs until well combined. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder and mix until combined. Fold in the milk, melted chocolate and Irish cream liqueur, if using.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until well risen and lightly firm to the touch. Remove the cakes from the tin and set aside to cool on a cooling rack.
  4. For the icing, heat the chocolate and cream in a saucepan over a low heat until the chocolate has melted. Whisk the mixture until smooth and set aside to cool slightly.
  5. To decorate the cupcakes, spread the icing over the top of the cupcakes. Spoon the remaining icing into an icing bag fitted with a small nozzle.
  6. Press a chocolate button onto the cake as a nose, then stick a crisp-coated chocolate on top using a little icing. Stick on two slices of marshmallows as the eyes, and use the black writing icing for the pupils. Stick on the pretzels as the ears.

For an added Christmas touch, use Christmas Cupcake Cases available from Flingers Party Shop to really get into the spirit of the season.

We think these cupcakes are so cute that everyone will appreciate the effort and attention to detail! If you fancy making these and giving them away as gifts to close friends and family then why not pick up some christmas themed cupcake boxes to help transport you baked delights and to present them in all their glory! Otherwise, if you want to show them off at your own party, then try out our christmas cake stands to offer them to all your guests. We're sure they won't be on display for very long before they will be all gone! 

Are you going to get baking this Christmas?