Rudolph Reindeer Cupcakes
This is one of the cutest cupcake ideas I have found. I wish I could take credit for it but I just had some good luck with recreating it. I saw it in a magazine last year and I was able to find the picture online last week. It is not as difficult as it may appear – you can make your cupcakes from scratch or make it using a box mix. I had a little extra time so I made mine from scratch, I will post the recipe I used for the cupcakes (starlight yellow) and the frosting (chocolate butter cream) later this week. I am only posting the instructions for the décor, I wanted to go ahead and get this up in case anyone wanted to make these for Christmas. I made them for one of my son’s classes at school for today’s Christmas party and they LOVED them. The trick to keeping the “parts” on is peanut butter. It makes the perfect edible glue! And who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate together? I hope you have as much fun making yours as I did mine. They are almost too stinking cute to eat! Almost…. What you will need:
Cupcakes with chocolate icing (made from scratch or use a box mix and tub icing if you want)
Mini pretzel twists
White M&M’s (found in the bag of coconut M&Ms)
1 tube of black gel icingThe Instructions:
Make the cupcakes and frost them with chocolate icing. It is easier to work on one "part" and put it on all of the cupcakes at one time. I started with the “faces” and put peanut butter on the back of a nilla wafer and placed it on the bottom middle part of the cupcake. Next, lightly spread peanut butter on the back of the pretzel that will come in contact with the cupcake and press them lightly into the cupcake for the antlers. For the eyes, put a small dab of peanut butter on the back of two M&Ms and place them just above the nilla wafer centered on top of the pretzels. Put a little peanut butter on the back of a red skittle (you can also use red M&M’s or brown M&M’s for regular reindeer) and place it in the center of the nilla wafer. Last, take the tube of black gel icing and put a tiny dot in the center of each M&M.
Don’t be sad if a little bit of the peanut butter is visible on the various “parts,” I thought mine looked a little smudgy. But, I was told by several very honest friends that it was not noticeable until I pointed it out. Besides, it adds to the character of these sweet little treats!