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Rudolph Cupcakes Recipe

Rudolph Cupcakes Recipe

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 YIELD: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.

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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."

ElizaDoc User ID: 2241861 23660
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2008

"Oh, PS. Freeze the cupcakes before frosting. Your frosting goes on much smoother."

ElizaDoc User ID: 2241861 83542
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2008

"I didn't like the animal cracker idea. In order to get the effect, you need to use animal crackers that have the animal imprint and in my area, they're either very difficult to find or the quantity I needed was cost prohibitive. The store I shopped at had a huge bag of "generic" animal cookies but you need the ones imprinted with animal (not just in the shape of the animal) for the effect. In a pinch we used pretzels and that worked fine. We did not use marshmallows. We used the squirty icing for the eyes and red hots for the nose. So we mostly followed the recipe but when certain obstacles got in the way, time, aquiring certain components, we improvised. The recipe was still a total hit."

kellygirl64 User ID: 2703413 30673
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2008

"If you don't care for marshmellow than whip a small batch of buttercream frost and use a pastry bag anad writing tip to make an eye! If you don't have a pastry tip place icing in a sandwich bag and cut the tip off the bottom corner and sqeeze to make eyes. For the nose you can also use any kind of red candies. M&M's. red hots or color some of the buttercream frosting red and use the same method to apply  it. Good luck! If you need anymore help or ideas feel free to e-mail me . I make birthday/weddings cake for a living so I have many way to make thing work!!:)"

egoodin User ID: 3264415 202851
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2008

"I don't like marshmellows either. You could try buying a tube of white icing and using that for the eyes."

fearmom User ID: 3237250 83541
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2008

"If you do not want to buy a whole bag of jelly beans go to a grocery store that sells candy in the bins. That way you only have to buy as many as you need. Also red hots would work and don't cost as much and you don't have as many in the small bottle. fearmom"

homeeconomics User ID: 3518587 22741
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2008

"Rudolph Cupcakes - Wonderful idea! I don't want to buy a bag of jelly beans and only use a few. I thought the nose was a marschino cherry! I think that is what I'll use. Also, I HATE marshmellows! Can anyone think of a substitute for them?"

[email protected] User ID: 2015291 22737
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2008

"I do not have yooung children anymore but this is toooo cute!!!! I would have done this if I had known...not as artistic as some!!"

bartim718 User ID: 670557 51290
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2008

"These are just adorable!! And how fun to make them with your son!"

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