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Easy Christmas Cupcake Recipe

Tis the season to be jolly, with tons of sweet desserts and cupcakes.  This holiday season give the gift of Christmas cupcakes by baking delicious easy cupcakes for your holiday parties or for your family.  In honor of the holidays we came across this delicious and creative reindeer holiday cupcake along with other yummy decorating ideas that we think your love one’s will enjoy.

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  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • White cranberry juice

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate “CUP” cakes:

  • 1 container white icing
  • 4 cupcakes
  • Royal icing, recipe follows
  • 4 blue colored candy canes, “U” shape broken off to make a “cup handle” and straight part broken into small pieces

Snowman Cupcakes:

  • 4 cupcakes
  • 1/2 container white icing
  • 6 large marshmallows
  • 4 small thin pretzel sticks or tooth picks
  • Royal icing, recipe follows
  • Cake decorating dots
  • Orange slice jelly candy, cut into tiny wedges for the nose

Reindeer Cupcakes:

  • 4 cupcakes
  • 1/2 container white icing
  • 4 large yogurt covered pretzels
  • 8 blue candy covered chocolates or blue jelly beans
  • Fruit roll-up (recommended: Fruit by the Foot)
  • 4 red gum drops


For the cupcakes:

Bake according to package instructions for cupcakes, adding 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract to batter and substituting white cranberry juice for water.

For the Peppermint White Hot Chocolate “CUP” cakes:

Fill a zip top bag with icing. Snip a small corner of the bag and pipe icing onto each cupcake to look like whipped cream on top of the “cup”.

To add peppermint “handle” for the “cup”:

Poke a small hole in the side of each cupcake using a chopstick or tooth pick and fill the hole with royal icing. Insert one end of the “U” shape candy cane piece into hole and the other end into the icing to make your “cup” cake. Sprinkle with crushed candy cane pieces.

For the Snowman Cupcakes:

Using a butter knife or spatula, lightly frost the cupcakes.

Flatten a large marshmallow on waxed paper with the palm of your hand. Cut a second marshmallow in half horizontally, then stack the first half flat on the first marshmallow to form a torso then the second on it’s side for a head. Thread a pretzel stick or toothpick through the bottom to secure marshmallows and stick into cupcake top.

Use royal icing to attach cake decorating dots as eyes and buttons. Add a wedge cut from an orange slice candy for a nose

For the Reindeer Cupcakes:

Using a butter knife or spatula, lightly frost each cupcake.

Break the pretzels in half, and insert into the top of each cupcake for antlers. Use blue candy covered chocolates to make eyes. Cut fruit by the foot to make a mouth and place the red gumdrop in the center for the nose.

Royal Icing:

  • 2 large egg whites or 5 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • Food coloring, if desired

With a hand mixer, beat the egg whites with the lemon juice or extract until frothy. Add the sifted powdered sugar and beat on low speed until combined, smooth, and shiny. Turn to high and beat approximately 5 minutes until stiff and glossy. Add food coloring, if desired, and transfer to a pastry bag to pipe onto cookies or cakes.

Recipe Courtesy of Sandra Lee

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