Reindeer Cupcakes

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These CUTE and easy Reindeer Cupcakes are so simple and fun for the holidays!

We're combining mini candy bars, sprinkles, and pretzels into the most adorable reindeer candy bar cupcake toppers (if we do say so ourselves)!

Free Cupcake Tutorial! Learn to make these adorable Reindeer Candy Bar Cupcakes in this video tutorial! These Reindeer cupcakes would be PERFECT for Christmas parties!

These sweet reindeer cupcakes are simple enough for beginner cake decorators, and kids would love to help assemble them too!

Whether you recreate our entire platter of reindeer cupcakes, or just need a few for an assorted platter of Christmas goodies, they are sure to bring smiles.

We also have a great blog tutorial for even more Christmas cupcake designs if you would like to change things up!

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In the video we are using our Classic Chocolate Buttercream from our Recipes section. (We love this recipe!)

For the chocolate cupcakes, we highly recommend our Homemade Chocolate Cupcake Recipe, or if you prefer to work with cake mixes, this Doctored Chocolate Cake Mix Recipe is a great choice!

CUTE and Easy Reindeer Cupcake Tutorial by! These adorable Reindeer Candy Bar Cupcakes are perfect for Christmas parties and class parties!

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CUTE Reindeer Candy Bar Cupcakes! Learn to make them in our free video tutorial! Perfect for Christmas parties, and easy enough for kids to help!

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Thanks so much for stopping by. We hope that you enjoy these reindeer cupcakes as much as we have. If you give them a try, we would love for you to leave a comment and photo below.

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Reindeer Cupcakes- Free Video Tutorial

CUTE Reindeer Candy Bar Cupcakes! Learn to make them in our free video tutorial! Perfect for Christmas parties, and easy enough for kids to help!

These CUTE reindeer cupcakes are so easy to make!


  • Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Buttercream (We used our Classic Chocolate Recipe)
  • Mini Candy Bars (We used Mini Twix and Hershey's Nuggets)
  • Mini Pretzels
  • Piping Tips 1M (or your tip of choice for buttercream swirls)
  • Sprinkles of Choice for eyes and nose. We also used holly sprinkles
  • Food Coloring Pen in black (if using white sprinkles or candy for eyes)
  • Brown/Chocolate Candy Melts or Bark Coating for "glue"
  • Piping Gel or Corn Syrup to glue holly (buttercream works too)
  • Miscellaneous: Parchment or waxed paper lined cookie sheet, disposable piping bags


  1. Attach eyes to unwrapped chocolate bars with buttercream or piping gel. (We used
  2. On a parchment lined cookie sheet, arrange two broken pretzel antlers side by side,
    pipe a bit of melted chocolate, and attach the chocolate bar heads. Add red
    sprinkle/candy noses with melted chocolate. Chill tray of reindeer for 10-15
    minutes in freezer until melted chocolate is firm.

  3. Optional: Attach holly sprinkle decorations to reindeer with piping gel or corn syrup (we
    used corn syrup) applied with a small brush.
  4. Swirl chocolate buttercream onto chocolate cupcakes with a 1M piping tip.
  5. Place the candy bar reindeer heads onto the cupcakes to complete the design.

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  1. I love these! Super cute! I told my son he could make some for me :-) He said "Sure, but they won't look like that" LOL! I guess he doesn't carry the caking gene :-) Cute, simple & fabulous as always - thanks ladies - Happy Holidays!

  2. Lol MsGF, that is too funny! It's okay, I'm sure his adjustments will just give them more character ;0) xo

  3. We have a nut allergy in there a substitute for the chocolate candy bars. A plain chocolate substitute?
    Thank you for the adorable tutorial.

  4. Hi Rita, Twix miniature bars are chocolate and caramel. I don't think they have nuts but the package or customer service could let you know for sure. Also, You could use the chocolate swirl on the cupcake as the reindeer body, adding the nose, pretzel antlers, and eyes pressing them into the swirl of chocolate frosting. This would still be very cute and much quicker.

  5. Wow, so cute! And those teeny tiny holly leaves and berries?! What a great detail! I was going to set a table for the kids to decorate their own gingerbread men, but the kids would be over the moon for these. I might need to make both!

  6. Couldn't break those pretzels apart to make antlers. Any suggestions? I tried cutting still won't come apart without breaking into pieces.

  7. @K- I'm sorry but I think it's fine if they aren't perfectly symmetrical. Maybe mine were a little thicker and easier to snap? If it were me, I would just pick and choose pieces that are similar in size.

    Also, it may look okay just to have one whole mini pretzel behind the candy bar if you want to go that route. Finally, you could pipe melted chocolate candy coating antlers onto waxed paper or parchment, place the head, and chill.