How to Decorate a Reindeer Cake Rudolph Would Be Proud Of

Follow these easy steps to turn your frosted cake into an adorable reindeer. It’s so much fun, you may find yourself humming the classic Christmas tune as you decorate!

If you’re looking for a show-stopping cake this holiday season, this red-nosed reindeer is here to save the day! Follow our Reindeer Cake recipe or bake your favorite cake mix, smooth on chocolate frosting, add these easy decorations and you’ll go down in history as the savviest baker around. (If you’re feeling extra creative, make these gingerbread houses, too!)

You’ll Need:



  • Rolling pin
  • Parchment paper
  • Gingerbread boy cookie cutter
  • 2-in. heart cookie cutter
  • Large metal spoon
  • Piping bags
  • Decorator tips


Step 1: Shape the antlers

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Using your favorite cutout cookie dough, cut two shapes with a gingerbread boy cookie cutter. Stretch into antler shapes and bake. Pipe melted chocolate over cooled cookies for texture. Once set, spray with edible gold mist. Once dry, place antlers on top of cake.

Step 2: Make the ears

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To create ears, using your favorite cutout cookie dough, cut two 2-in. hearts and bake. While still warm, mold baked cookies onto the curve of a large metal spoon; let stand until cool. Spray with edible gold mist; let dry. Dip edges in melted chocolate. Once set, place ears on top of cake.

Step 3: Create the mane

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Using paste food coloring, tint leftover buttercream frosting into the colors of your choice. Using decorator tips of your choice, pipe designs on top of the cake between the two antlers and the two ears. Add store-bought meringues.

Step 4: Add the nose

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Dip a vanilla wafer into melted red candy coating disks; let dry. Once dry, place nose on front of cake.

Step 5: Draw the eyes

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Pipe melted chocolate onto parchment and refrigerate until set. Once set, attach to front of cake.

Step 6: Add the finishing touch

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Give Rudolph extra bling with edible gold pearl sprinkles around base of cake. Done!

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Dana Meredith
Dana is an editor and writer who shares her passion for travel, food and the beauty of American landscapes. When she's not wielding her red pen, she can be found tending her flower gardens, remodeling her house, creating one-of-a-kind jewelry or dancing to "Uptown Funk."