Oh, Deer! How To Make These Adorable Reindeer Cupcakes

Kids will love to help make these easy holiday treats

By Christel M. Hoydic December 14, 2022

Santa would definitely approve of these reindeer cupcakes. They are cute and delicious and will light up your holiday get-together as bright as Rudolph's nose. They're perfect for a school party, holiday open house, or even to leave for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Plus, kids will love to have a hand in creating these fun holiday treats!

Reindeer cupcakes


  • Chocolate cake mix (or your favorite cake flavor) and the ingredients called for on the back of the box
  • Chocolate frosting (or another "deer" color of your choice)
  • Black gel writing icing (sold in the baking aisle)
  • Pretzels for the antlers
  • Vanilla wafers for the muzzle
  • M&Ms or another candy for eyes and a nose


  1. Bake the cupcakes according to the directions on the box.
  2. Let the cupcakes cool completely, then frost.
  3. Place a vanilla wafer on each cupcake. Then create a nose by using the writing gel as “glue” to stick a brown or red candy in place. (You can create eight brown-nosed reindeer for Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen and a red-nosed reindeer for the infamous Rudolph!)
  4. Add two pretzels for antlers, and candies for eyes. Use the writing gel to dot the “eyes.”

Get creative! You don't have to use the suggested ingredients listed here to decorate your reindeer cupcakes. Try piped frosting for the nose and eyes, mini marshmallows, or different colors of frosting to create your own unique reindeer cupcakes.
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