Reindeer Cupcakes {Rudolph Cupcakes}

Quick and easy reindeer cupcakes, homemade with simple ingredients, candies, pretzels. These Rudolph cupcakes are the perfect dessert for Christmas holiday parties.

Christmas just got a lot sweeter with these easy cupcakes! As most of you know,  I tend to give homemade gifts like cakes, cupcakes and cookies to all my loved ones during Christmas time. Obviously, I try to make all those goodies as cute as possible, and if these cupcakes aren’t enough to convince you, then look at these adorable Rudolph Chocolate Bars too. Even if you have never decorated cupcakes in your life, I bet you can make these without any problems.

Easy Reindeer Cupcakes For Christmas With Blue Background and Sprinkles Scattered Everywhere

How to make easy reindeer cupcakes?

  1. Bake cupcakes– Cool completely.
  2. Prepare frosting– Fill a piping bag with it.
  3. Add reindeer decor– Swirl of frosting, pretzel halves for antlers, eye candy, red gum ball nose, and bow candy on the head.

Variations for Rudolph cupcakes/ Rudolf cupcakes

Make another type of bow– Those bow candies I used were an impulsive purchase while grocery shopping. I have never seen those before and they had a small box of them in the seasonal aisle. If you can’t find them, omit them or just make a small bow out of craft paper. You can even make it out of wafer paper or make Fondant Bows. You can even arrange two heart sprinkles in a bow shape.

Try other cupcake flavors– These Best Red Velvet Cupcakes {With Cream Cheese Frosting} would be awesome! Chocolate Chip Cupcakes (With Mint Frosting) or even these Brownie Cupcakes {From Scratch} would be delicious.

Pair with other frosting flavors– Such as Caramel Frosting, Easy Chocolate Ganache {2 Ingredients}, or Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe.

Make boy reindeers– By giving them a bow tie instead of a hair bow.

Add a mouth– Using some candy or Marshmallow Fondant (Fondant Recipe for Cakes).

Use festive cupcake liners– For even more fun and additional cute appeal.

Use another icing tip– For a different style of frosting swirl, use Tip 1M instead of 4B.

Rudolph Cupcakes on Blue Background With Sprinkles

Tips and techniques for Christmas holiday cupcakes

Don’t ice warm cupcakes– Let them cool completely because the icing will melt and slide right off the cupcakes.

Use large pretzels– Not the small ones because the proportions will be off and look silly.

I used big eyeball candies, but you can use the smaller regular sized ones– Use whatever is available to you or whichever you prefer.

How to package cupcakes? Check out this post on Easy Food and Cookie Packaging Ideas.

How to fill a piping bag? Place the bag inside a tall glass and fold the top of the bag over the edge of the glass. Then spoon the icing into the bag .

Closeup Shot of Decorated Christmas Holiday Cupcake on Blue Background

Storage of cupcakes

Refrigerate– Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container for up to 3 days. Please note that the pretzel antlers may become a little soggy.

Freeze– Unfrosted cupcakes and frosting can be stored in sealed containers for up to 1 month. When you are ready to enjoy these cupcakes, thaw to room temperature and decorate, as per instructions below.

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Reindeer Cupcakes (Rudolph Cupcakes)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Quick and easy reindeer cupcakes, homemade with simple ingredients. These Rudolph cupcakes are the perfect dessert for Christmas holiday parties.
Yield: 12 Cupcakes



  • Bake cupcakes and allow them to cool completely.
  • While cupcakes and baking and cooling, prepare frosting.
  • Fill a piping bag with icing and attach Wilton's Tip # 4B.
  • Pipe a tall swirl of frosting on top of each cupcake.
  • Push two pretzel halves on top for reindeer antlers.
  • Stick the eye candy, red gum ball nose on the front face area and bow candy on the head. Enjoy.


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 


Calories: 478kcal, Carbohydrates: 78g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 361mg, Potassium: 203mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 59g, Vitamin A: 23IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 64mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 478
Author: Abeer Rizvi

DON’T DELETE: Follow along this video tutorial to make Rudolph reindeer cupcakes yourself.

You can also find written instructions below.

2 comments on “Reindeer Cupcakes {Rudolph Cupcakes}”

  1. One of my favourite cupcakes I have seen for a while

    5 stars

    • I am so relieved to hear you say that! I thought they were cute or maybe I thought so coz my little one made them with me…hehe. But, some people have emailed me saying horrible things about how creepy these cupcakes are! 🙁

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