Chocolate Reindeer Cupcakes #Recipe

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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Chocolate Reindeer Cupcakes - From Val's Kitchen

These cupcakes are just too cute. They’d be perfect for any party. They’d also be great for gatherings for organized groups, school classes and such. Here’s how you make them

Chocolate Reindeer Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 C flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 TBSP unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 C whole milk

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 C cocoa powder
  • 3 C powder sugar
  • 3/4 C heavy cream
  • 1 bag pretzels
  • 1 bag small vanilla wafer
  • 1 container Large candy eyes
  • 1 bag of red M&M’s

Chocolate Cupcake Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with paper liners.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt stirring together. Set aside.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy in a large bowl.

Beat the eggs one at a time, after each addition, then add in the vanilla.

Alternating add the flour mixture with the milk; beating well.

Fill the lined cupcake tins 3/4 full.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Allow to cool in cupcake tin for 10 minutes.

Move to a wire rack to cool completely.

Frosting Directions

Beat the softened butter alone until smooth.

Add cocoa and powder sugar alternately with heavy cream into the creamed butter until it becomes a smooth and thick texture.

If the frosting is too thick, add more heavy cream, if too thin, add more powder sugar.

Cut 4 slices of fried bacon into tiny bits and add to the frosting…. stir well to blend throughout the frosting.

Scoop frosting into a large pastry bag with a frosting tip.

Twist the open end of the pastry bag to push frosting to the tip.

Frost cupcakes.

Chocolate Reindeer Cupcakes - From Val's Kitchen

Refer to the pictures of Rudolph’s cupcake for additional details.

Add the pretzels for the ears.

Place the mini vanilla wafer for the nose.

Using a dot of frosting to glue the red M&M on the wafer for his nose.

Put the two candy eyes over the half of pretzel placed in the chocolate frosting.

Chocolate Reindeer Cupcakes - From Val's Kitchen

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patricia Marsden December 14, 2015 - 7:21 am

it’s the decorating that makes the bakery. This would be perfect for a kid party.

Heather Johnson December 14, 2015 - 9:12 am

These reindeer cupcakes are way too cute for the holidays! I pinned this post on my Christmas Cookies board.

Ourfamilyworld December 14, 2015 - 11:21 am

The reindeer cupcakes are adorable! I’m saving your recipe for later.

Saidah December 14, 2015 - 11:38 am

I love how easy these are to make. They turned out super festive.

Brandy M. December 14, 2015 - 12:23 pm

These are to adorable! My middle child asked that I bring cupcakes for his Christmas party and the kids would love these. They will be busy helping me get them decorated in the next couple of days.

Liz Mays December 14, 2015 - 5:59 pm

Those are just the cutest little things! Also, chocolate and pretzels are fabulous together!

Stefany December 14, 2015 - 8:03 pm

Those turned out really good! I love how easy they are to create too.

Amber December 14, 2015 - 10:09 pm

Those cupcakes are so adorable! I need to make these!

Michele December 15, 2015 - 12:06 pm

These are adorable and would be great for any Holiday type party you are giving or are going to attend. Not sure I wouldn’t mess them all up-but it is certainly worth a try.

Kristen from The Road to Domestication December 15, 2015 - 8:56 pm

Eeeeek! Those are super cute!!! I know kids would love them, but I know adults who would love them, as well! In fact, I might make these for our Christmas Eve gathering – they would be a hit!


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