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Reindeer Cupcakes – Jane’s Patisserie

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Deliciously chocolatey and fudgey reindeer cupcakes with a chocolate cupcake, chocolate fudge frosting, and reindeer ornament! 

IT’S CHRISTMAS BAKING SEASON!!! And sure, I’m far too enthusiastic about this. I made a decision to start out with a bang and do a brilliant cute, tremendous straightforward and wonderful festive bake – these reindeer cupcakes! 

I’ve needed to submit some festive cupcakes yearly, however as I get so many requests for therefore many festive recipes I’ve to make sacrifices.. however this yr?! They needed to occur. 

These beauties are so chocolatey, so scrumptious, and a little bit of enjoyable so I hope you all adore them as properly. 

Christmas Baking

My Christmas baking record is now quite giant, and I’ve no plans on stopping this yr both. I’m simply obsessed. You can see plenty of chocolate orange bakes, gingerbread flavours, and even plenty of baileys recipes – however themed bakes are additionally simply a lot enjoyable. 

As a result of my missing of themed bakes has change into so obvious, I used to be determined to do one thing enjoyable this yr as a festive cupcake. Previously my gingerbread cupcakes have been tremendous fashionable, and while I like them, I simply needed a festive cupcake that seemed wonderful! 

Christmas bakes are all the time going to be enjoyable to become involved with making, and even simply consuming. The range in Christmas baking is so huge now amongst all bakers that it’s simply insanity! 


For the cupcakes I went for a primary chocolate cupcake recipe since you need a good steady base for adorning. It’s a brilliant easy recipe to place collectively consisting of butter, gentle brown sugar, self elevating flour, cocoa powder and eggs. 

I do have a tendency to stay to utilizing gentle brown smooth sugar for my chocolate primarily based cake sponges lately as I simply adore the ever so barely extra caramel flavour it brings, however caster sugar works properly additionally. 

I used some gold and brown baking cups as a result of I believed they seemed cute, however brown muffin instances would work properly as properly. I needed a brown primarily based cupcake case and cupcake sponge to swimsuit the ‘brown’ color of a reindeer.  


For the frosting, as an alternative of utilizing a primary chocolate American buttercream frosting like I usually do, I used my finest ever chocolate fudge frosting once more as a result of I missed it. I simply needed to eat a few of it to be trustworthy, and I’m so glad I used it on these reindeer cupcakes. 

It’s nonetheless an American buttercream frosting actually of butter and icing sugar, with cocoa powder added in – however the addition of evaporated milk works WONDERS. Actually, it’s slightly life altering. 

For those who can’t use evaporated milk for any variety of causes, you possibly can go away it out, or use a smidge of double cream – however you’ll in all probability want much less. Additionally, it’s not quiiiite pretty much as good this manner. 


There are a selection of the way of adorning the look of the reindeer, even simply all the way down to which piping tip you utilize. I made a decision to make use of my favorite piping tip as all the time for a good looking swirl, and I believe it really works. 

I then used a easy concept of damaged pretzels, purple M&M/smartie, and a few edible eyes popped onto the frosting. It truly is that easy! However come on, they’re so cute!! 

You may use a jumbo spherical piping tip in the event you most well-liked, and even 1m piping tip for a barely completely different swirl – they’d all work. The pretzels work properly due to the curve – it seems to be like antlers. And likewise, it doesn’t matter that some wanting barely completely different, as antlers look completely different!! 

Ideas & Methods 

For this recipe I used

These cupcakes freeze properly with out being embellished, or could be frozen as soon as embellished. They final 3+ months within the freezer! 


  • 200 g unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 200 g gentle brown smooth sugar
  • 150 g self elevating flour
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 4 medium eggs


  • 200 g unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 350 g icing sugar
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 75 ml evaporated milk


  • 12 pretzels (halved)
  • 12 purple M&Ms/smarties
  • 12 units of edible eyes


  • Preheat the oven to 180ºc/160ºfan and get 12 baking cups/muffin instances prepared.

  • Beat the unsalted butter and lightweight brown smooth sugar collectively till gentle and fluffy

  • Add the self elevating flour, cocoa powder and eggs and beat once more till mixed.

  • Cut up between the 12 instances after which bake for 20-22+ minutes, till absolutely baked.

  • Depart to chill absolutely


  • Beat the unsalted butter on it is personal for a couple of minutes to melt

  • Add the icing sugar and cocoa powder and begin to beat once more

  • Add the vanilla extract and slowly add the evaporated milk while beating to a easy texture


  • Pipe the frosting onto the 12 cooled cupcakes along with your favorite piping tip

  • Add two halves of a pretzel as antlers, a purple candy as a nostril, and eyes.

  • These cupcakes final for 3+ days at room temperature 
  • For this recipe I used

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