Reindeer Cupcakes

Making fun Christmas treats for my kids over the holidays is something I love to do. Unfortunately, I don’t always have a lot of time to bake anything complicated, nor do I have the talent to decorate those fancy cookies like those you see on Facebook (you know, the ones that are too pretty to eat).

But these Reindeer Cupcakes I can make! They are simple chocolate cupcakes made from a boxed cake mix, and topped with the easiest of decoration. If you can break a pretzel in two, you can make these edible Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer desserts 😉

Reindeer-themed cupcakes sitting on a Christmas napkin

Perfect for your kids’ holiday parties at school, or just to serve at your family Christmas gathering, these cute little reindeer will be a hit all around…they taste great, they are fun to look at, and they don’t take mommy all night to make and decorate.

box of chocolate cake mix inside a red mixing bowl

To get started with these Reindeer Cupcakes, you’ll need a box of your favorite chocolate cake mix.

If you’d rather make chocolate cake batter from scratch, by all means, feel free, but there’s nothing wrong with taking a little help from the store, especially during this busy time of year!

box of chocolate cake mix prepared to package directions in a red mixing bowl

Mix up the cake batter according to the directions on the back of the box.

prepared chocolate cake mix poured into muffin tin lined with paper cupcake liners

Place cupcake liners in your pan, then fill each cup with batter, about 2/3 full, or as directed on the box.

baked chocolate cupcakes sitting inside muffin tin

Bake for about 15 minutes, or again, as directed on the box. Let the cupcakes cool completely before moving on to the next step.

a chocolate cupcake being dipped into a bowl of chocolate frosting

Frost the cupcakes with whatever chocolate frosting you like. To make the frosting process a bit easier, try dipping your cupcakes in a bowl of frosting.

three chocolate frosted cupcakes sitting on a wooden countertop

When all your cupcakes are frosted, it’s time for the fun part…making them into reindeer!

broken pretzels stuck inside chocolate-frosted cupcakes to look like reindeer antlers

In order to make the antlers, you’ll need to break a pretzel twist in half. Using each piece as an individual antler, insert them into the top edge of the cupcake.

candy eyes added to chocolate-frosted cupcakes to look like reindeer

Next, place a pair of (affiliate link) these Wilton candy eyes under the antlers.

red candy noses added to chocolate frosted cupcakes to look like rudolph the red nosed reindeer

Lastly, place a red M&M on each cupcake to act as Rudolph’s nose 🙂

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Reindeer Cupcakes

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas dessert recipe, holiday cupcake recipe
Author Erin Myers


  • 12 chocolate cupcakes made from a boxed cake mix
  • 12 pretzel twists
  • 1 container chocolate frosting
  • 12 pieces red M&M candy
  • 24 Wilton candy eyes


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 12 cup cupcake pan with liners.

  3. Prepare the cake mix according to directions. Pour into the cupcake pan.

  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Let cool.

  5. Pipe the chocolate frosting onto the cupcakes, or dip each one in the frosting to coat the top.

  6. Break a pretzel twist in half to get a curved pretzel. Insert at the top of the cupcake to act as reindeer antlers!

  7. Place two Wilton candy eyes on the cupcake. Below the eyes, place a red M&M candy for a nose.

collage of reindeer cupcakes sitting on a Christmas background

I’m especially glad that these Christmas cupcakes are so easy to make…I know they won’t last too long around my house 🙂

Enjoy these Reindeer Cupcakes with your friends and family!!

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