We ♥ cupcakes in this house. I like them so much I even tried to have them at our wedding, but TubaDad shot me down saying “No way, it’s called wedding cake, NOT wedding cupcake.” Meh. Anyhow, the girls and I are nuts about them. I think it’s the deliciously high icing-to-cake ratio. Mmmm. Anyhow, when we saw these awesome reindeer cupcakes in the latest Family Fun magazine (which I really, really need a subscription to), we were 100% sold and couldn’t wait to try them out. Can you blame me?:
I didn’t think so! Our pajama-clad girls eagerly set about assembling their reindeer fleet.
They stirred with vigor:
They sampled with enthusiasm:
They snuggled on the couch and watched “The Flight Before Christmas” (their new fave Christmas movie, along with Prep and Landing) while the cupcakes baked and cooled:
They frosted with abandon:
They studied the picture and stuck on all the reindeer parts, and I’m telling you those cupcakes were criminally cute!! (Maggie’s is the top left, mine is the top right, Ree’s is the bottom left, and Ro’s is the bottom right):
We have a whole herd of them now, and hopefully will resist devouring them all so we can deliver a few to family and friends:
Ingredients: If you want to make your own reindeer cupcakes, you’ll need: cupcakes (any flavor for the cupcake and chocolate for the frosting), pretzels (don’t get the mini ones, you want the ones that are about 2.5” wide), red and brown M&Ms (I bought a humungo bag, picked out the red and brown ones and then ate the rest, sigh...), mini Nilla Wafers (this is important, get the MINI ones), white M&Ms that you can dot with black icing or sugar eyes (I used sugar eyes that I got on Amazon here), and Tootsie Roll midges.
How To: Then just bake and frost your cupcakes, stick on a Nilla Wafer for the snout, add a dot of icing glue and stick on a brown or red M&M nose, add two eyes, break a pretzel and put one big piece or two little pieces in as antlers (Family Fun tells you to break the pretzels in a very specific way that we were unable to duplicate – finally we figured out that it didn’t really matter what the pieces looked like, it was all good), use a third of a Tootsie Roll midge for each ear and squish the piece into an ear shape.
That’s it! You really can’t go wrong with these -- they are fun and delicious.
PS: I had to laugh at our somewhat-chaotic reindeer-assembly station. Hey no one ever said fun was neat and clean, right?