Reindeer Cupcakes

by Sandra Merville Hart

Are you looking for a fun treat to make with the children in your life? These reindeer cupcakes are a lot of fun to create. My two-year-old granddaughter decorated several. For her, getting the nose, eyes, antlers and mouth somewhere on the cupcake spelled success. Her older brother, after making a few with facial features in the proper spots, had a lot of fun making “silly” faces.

Making this a successful adventure required advance preparation. You can do this and have a blast yourself if you plan ahead.

  • If you have young children, make the cupcakes ahead of time. I followed my mom’s yellow cake recipe. Children in elementary school will probably want to help with all of it. Get yourself into the mindset that this will be messy. You can clean up later. Now is the time for organized fun.
  • While the baked cupcakes are cooling, prepare the reindeer “antlers” and “mouth.” Pretzels (I bought festive iced pretzels but the plain ones look more like reindeer) work great for these. Break them into pieces that resemble reindeer antlers and mouths. Older children will probably want to do this for you.
  • Candy eyes are often available at grocery stores. Red imperials cinnamon flavored candies, M&Ms, or chocolate chips make good noses.
  • Prepare icing or buy it. To keep things easy, I bought icing. White icing shows up really well but Christmas colors are also fun.
  • Once the cupcakes cool (I kept them in the fridge for about thirty minutes to make them easier to frost) gather the decorations and the children. Older children will want to frost the cupcakes while the younger ones will likely need adults to do it.
  • Frost the cupcakes one at a time and then decorate immediately. Demonstrate the first one so everyone knows what to do. After that, supervise as needed.

Learn to be flexible with the child’s own creative spirit. They’ll have more fun … and so will you.

What a fun activity for the children in your life! Maybe it will become a family tradition.


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