Reindeer Cupcakes; give your kids the gift of baking this Christmas

There is nothing more fun for me than getting the kids into the kitchen, making a bit of a mess and creating a yummy treat. This Saturday the girls and I made some yummy Reindeer themed cupcakes, based on an idea from the Christmas edition of GoodFood magazine, which were delicious and easy enough that even a seven and eight year old can make them (though I did put them in the oven… It’s a bit hot in there).

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Step one: Make the Cakes

 You can use any chocolate cupcake recipe you want for these cakes, but the one we used has lots of yummy chocolately goodness because it uses melted chocolate and not just cocoa powder.


  • 200 g/7 oz butter, cubed
  • 200 g/7 oz plain chocolate broken into squares
  • 200 g/7 oz light soft brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250 g/7 oz self-raising flour


  1. Heat the oven to 160°C/Gas 3.
  2. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases. This is a good job for the little ones.
  3. Gently melt the butter, sugar, chocolate and 100 ml of water together in a large saucepan, stirring occasionally.
  4. Set aside to cool slightly while you weigh the other ingredients.
  5. Stir the eggs and vanilla into the chocolate mixture.
  6. Put the flour into a large bowl and then combine with the chocolate mixture stirring until smooth.
  7. Spoon into the cake cases until they are around ¾ full.
  8. Bake on a low shelf in the oven for 20-22 minutes
  9. Leave to cool.

Step two: Ice the cakes

You could use ready-made icing or if you are feeling adventurous you could make your own using your favourite recipe or the one below:


  • 200 g/ 7 oz plain chocolate
  • 100 ml/3½ fl oz double cream, not fridge cold
  • 50 g/2 oz icing sugar


  1. Melt the chocolate, either in the microwave or using my preferred method; in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water.
  2. When the chocolate has melted, remove from the heat, stir in the double cream, then sift in the icing sugar and mix well.
  3. When spreadable ice the cupcakes.

Step three: have fun decorating your reindeer


  • 12 large milk chocolate buttons (we used Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Giant Buttons)
  • 24 white chocolate buttons
  • 12 Smarties (in the USA you may have to use M&Ms or Reece’s Pieces, as Smarties are scarce)
  • Black icing pen
  • 2 or 3 Curly Wurly‘s cut into antler shapes


  1. Position a chocolate button on each cake for the snout.
  2. Above the chocolate button place two white chocolate buttons for the eyes
  3. Use the black icing pen to draw the pupils
  4. Using a bit of icing as glue stick the Smartie on the chocolate button as a nose.
  5. Press the Curly Wurly bits into the cake as the antlers.



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