Rudolph Cupcakes Recipe
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Rudolph Cupcakes Recipe

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RED-NOSED CAKES are what Karen quickly cooked up for the youngsters at her child's school. "Our son needed reindeer treats for his class but forgot to tell me abut it until the day before," recalls Karen. "It's the sort of situation that every mother finds herself in at one time or another!" With no ready-made decorations on hand, Karen had to improvise. "We stuck animal crackers in the cupcakes for antlers and used other sweets for the eyes and noses," she tells. "All the students loved them." Her fast creations are helpful when you have lots of other preparations for a party. "And they're easy enough for children to help with, too," notes Karen.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting
  • 24 each brown and blue M&M's minis
  • 24 miniature marshmallows, halved
  • 24 red jelly beans
  • 24 miniature vanilla wafers
  • 48 miniature pretzels


  1. Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions for cupcakes.
  2. Reserve 2-3 teaspoons frosting; spread remaining frosting over cooled cupcakes. For eyes, using reserved frosting, press an M&M mini into each marshmallow half. Place two eyes on each cupcake. For nose, attach a jelly bean onto each vanilla wafer; place on cupcake. Insert pretzels into cupcakes for antlers. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Rudolph Cupcakes in Country Woman November/December 1998, p54

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mjlouk User ID: 1712085 257930
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2016

"So fun for the kids to make. Yummy too!"

JessBella6 User ID: 5295511 61894
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

"I had a tough time getting the animal cookies to stay in place..."

mortgagemom78 User ID: 4303071 31058
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2012

"Since the cupcakes are just a box mix I am rating the decorating. Super ease & cute idea. I used pretzels fo the antlers instead of animal crackers; they looked a lot better. Also, used Cinnamon Imperials for the noses, since that's what I had on hand. My daughter's 2nd grade class loved them."

Noncookinmama User ID: 5445144 61849
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

"Fun and easy for Christmas"

smilinprincess User ID: 5343255 83547
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"My nephew and his class loved this cupcakes or pupcakes as my nephew calls them. They turn out super cute. They were a hit. Also I used cherry sours for the noses since i couldn't find red jelly beans."

dphelan User ID: 3507726 23687
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"I made these last year for our family Christmas get together - they were a big hit, the kids loved them"

JessBella6 User ID: 5295511 30722
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2010

"I used broken pieces of pretzels instead of animal crackers for antlers because I couldn't get the animal crackers to stand up. I also used chocolate chips for eyes because adding the dollops to the halfed mini marshmallows was tough."

dphelan User ID: 3507726 22743
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2009

"I made these for my families Christmas party where we have 12 kids age 10 and under - what a hit. I used premade Christmas cookies from the store that we in the shape of a star and had colored sugar on them. Cut in half, they looked like anthlers. for the nose, I used red cinnamon candy that I already had from baking other holiday cookies. My son got a great kick out of helping me and we thought each cupcake took on it's own personality. They did not last long - These a great!!"

audster User ID: 1416708 83543
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2008

"I made these cupcakes (Rudolph) for the residents of our local retirement home and they just loved them. So did I."

elfgirl1968 User ID: 247270 23677
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2008


My son and I made them for his cubscout Christmas party. They were a hit and were gone in 5 minutes. We substituted pretzels for the antlers and mouth.

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