Easy Christmas Treats: Rudolph Cupcakes

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You don’t have to be a skilled cake decorator to have fun and festive cupcakes for your family this Christmas.  Often, you can make your own cupcake toppers with melting chocolate, candy, OR your printer and a toothpick!  To recreate these Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cupcakes, all you need is candy eyes, broken pretzels, and a red milk chocolate candy piece. That’s it!

This easy recipe is also a great cupcake decorating project for your kids! Bake and ice your cupcakes, then let the kids build Rudolph themselves!

Easy Reindeer Decorated Cupcakes

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cupcakes

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  • 2 dozen cupcakes
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • Candy Eyes
  • 24+ Tiny Twists Pretzels
  • Milk Chocolate Candies (M&Ms or Hershey’s Holiday)


Bake 24 of your favorite cupcakes and allow to cool completely.

Frost cupcakes using a the basic spread technique with a butter knife or offset spatula.

Near the center of each cupcake, add a red candy “nose”.  Above the nose, apply two edible candy eyes (see photo, above).

Break one pretzel in half, apply halves to each of your cupcakes as “antlers”, just above the eyes (see photo, above).

Serve immediately.

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24 thoughts on “Easy Christmas Treats: Rudolph Cupcakes

  • These are super cute and look delicious! The use of pretzels is clever!

  • Really cute, kids would have fun decorating these.

  • These will be so fun to make with my granddaughters

  • Sooo cute! Reminds me of the little elementary school Christmas parties. This would be sooo fun one day!

  • How adorable these Rudolph cupcakes are and so festive! I love the pretzel ears!

  • These reindeer cupcakes are adorable! I can see being able to customize these for any holiday too, by changing frosting color and toppings. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • This is such a cute idea and easy to make for any Christmas party. These Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer cupcakes are adorable!

  • These cupcakes are so adorable! I am pinning this one for later. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  • Those look cute and delicious!

  • I’m going to be making these with my nieces and nephew next weekend!

  • the kids are going to enjoy making these

  • These are so cute!!! Great niece would love to help mommy make them. She would lick the icing off and give the cake to someone else or trash…………. SHE DOES NOT LIKE CAKE BUT LOVES ICING


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