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Reindeer Cupcakes

Reindeer Cupcakes

Total Time To Complete: 60 Minutes
Makes: 24 cupcakes

Suitable for ages 3 -12


  • 1 chocolate cake mix
  • 1 package chocolate frosting
  • WONKA® GOBSTOPPER® Snowballs (2 for each cupcake)
  • WONKA® Frosty NERDS® (one red one for each cupcake)
  • Pretzels
  • Zip-close plastic baggie for piping frosting


Everyone loves Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer…and everyone loves a fun cupcake. I especially love a fun cupcake that is super simple to put together, and it's an even bigger bonus if it's easy enough that the kids can help.

All of my kids enjoyed helping make these. My youngest at 19 months was really only old enough to help pour ingredients into the bowl, but the rest (4 ½ years and up) were able to build Rudolf Cupcakes on their own without much help from me. Of course their frosting wasn't quite as smooth and such, but they definitely looked like Rudolf when they were done.

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To keep things really simple, I baked chocolate cupcakes straight from a cake mix and used store-bought chocolate frosting. While your cupcakes are baking, you can gather the rest of your toppings. You'll need 1 container of chocolate frosting, Nestlé® Butterfinger® Jingles or Nestlé® Crunch® Jingles, white Wonka® Gobstopper® Snowballs, Red Wonka® Frosty Nerds®(one for each cupcake), pretzels, and a small zip-close plastic bag and scissors. Your kids will help you eat the unused colors of gobstoppers and nerds.

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You'll also want to get your pretzels ready while your cupcakes are baking and cooling. The trickiest part of the whole thing was getting the pretzels to break the way I wanted them to. I found that using a serrated knife and gently sawing the pretzel back and forth was the most effective way to break it, without the whole thing shattering. I still ended up with lots of extra broken pretzels…which was just fine with my kids since they were happy to eat the pieces.

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You can also get your frosting ready. Most of the frosting will be spread with a knife straight out of the can. However, you'll want to put a couple of tablespoons of frosting into a small zip-close bag and snip a small piece off the corner. We'll use this to pipe our frosting out for the details instead of using a fancy piping bag.

Once the cupcakes have cooled, spread chocolate frosting evenly across the cupcake top.

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Add a Butterfinger® or Crunch® Jingle on the lower half of the cupcake. The added height these give to your cupcakes really help the reindeer come alive.

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Put two white Gobstopper® Snowballs on just above the Jingle. The Gobstopper® Snowballs are perfect as eyes because they're perfectly round and give the eyes some added pop.

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Now with your zip-close bag of frosting, squeeze just a little frosting onto the end of the Jingle as well as a dot of frosting on each eye for the pupil.

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Put a red Nerd® in the frosting at the tip of the Jingle. I picked out the larger Nerds® from the mix and they were the perfect size, and the kids liked the fruity flavor much better than the spicy cinnamon candies I've used in the past.

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Now for the final step, add two pretzel pieces for the antlers.

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So easy that within minutes you'll have a whole heard of reindeer ready to pull Santa's sleigh.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size:1/24 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 24

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 280
  • Calories from Fat: 110
  • Total Fat: 13g (20% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5g (17% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 25mg (9% of DV)
  • Sodium: 290mg (12% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 41g (14% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.5g (4% of DV)
  • Sugars: 25g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Vitamin A: 0% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 4% of DV
  • Iron: 8% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Polly Carlson

Polly Carlson

The Reindeer Cupcakes were created by blogger, Polly Carlson. To learn more about Polly, visit her blog at Pieces by Polly.

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