Groundhog Day Cupcakes

Groundhog Cupcakes

Happy Groundhog Day!!! I know it’s late in the game to make these little guys, but I had a last minute idea for them this weekend using some fave candies and I didn’t want to a year to see how they might turn out. Bookmark these cuties if you want to make them next year for Groundhog Day… or I guess if you need any Beaver cupcake inspiration, then the faces could come in handy for that too. ; )

Now, I couldn’t be more ready for Spring. I’m hoping for a cloudy morning when Punxsutawney Phil pokes his little head out this morning. If he sees his shadow, then he’s predicted another six weeks of wintery weather.

But regardless if he’s right are not, I hope these little guys make you smile.

Here’s how to make them.

Cupcakes and candy

You can use the chocolate cupcake and frosting recipe below to get started.

Then you just need to organize your candies to decorate.


  • Hershey’s Chocolate Drops for cheeks and paws
  • Brown M&M’s for ears
  • Reese’s peanut butter cups for heads
  • Black coated sunflower seeds for noses
  • Chocolate wafer cookies crumbled up for dirt

Candy Eyes

Groundhog faces

  • To make the faces, first separate the peanut butter cups from the wrappers, but leave on so you can move them around without getting chocolate on your fingers.
  • Use a toothpick dipped in some melted chocolate coating to act as glue and attach the candies. Place two Hershey’s Drops in the middle.
  • Then dot on more coating and attach the nose, and two candy eyes.
  • For the teeth, take the marshmallow bits, press them together flat for teeth and attach them with melted coating.
  • Draw on eyes using a black edible ink pen and let dry.
  • If they cups started to warm up from your touch, place them in the fridge for a few minutes while you frost the cupcakes.

Decorating groundhogs

  • Frost the cupcakes using an offset spatula. Apply the frosting around the sides of the cupcake with a downward motion using the offset spatula, leaving a “well” in the center.
  • Roll or press the frosted sides of the cupcake into chocolate wafer cookie crumbs for the soil.
  • Place a groundhog face gently in the center until secure. You can coerce the crumb coated frosting around the base to help hold it in place if necessary.
  • Then attach two M&M’s in position for ears with more melted chocolate as glue and let dry.

Groundhog Cupcakes

Finally, take two more Hershey’s drops and place on each side of the groundhog’s face for paws.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes



  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup hot water


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 Tablespoons milk


  1. For cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and fill cupcake tray with 18 cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients together with a wire whisk. Add eggs, oil, vanilla and milk and mix until combined. Add hot water and mix. It will be very liquid.
  3. Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Pour into liner with a large spouted measuring cup for ease.
    Bake for 15 minutes or until done.
  4. For chocolate frosting: Beat 1 cup butter until creamy. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix. Slowly add confectioner’s sugar and cocoa and mix until combined. Add 1-2 Tablespoons milk and mix until creamy and smooth.

Groundhog Day Cupcakes

Super cute!!! Here’s hoping for an early spring!

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44 comments on “Groundhog Day Cupcakes”

  1. These are so cute and we’re fun to make!  Thanks for sharing…so awesome!

  2. I made these adorable critter cupcakes for my very first Groundhog’s Day party this year. What a hit they were. Thank you for providing the inspiration that I needed.

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  4. For the second year in a row I made these for work and home! Always a hit (even though I cheated this year with boxed cake mix and frosting :)

    These are the best groundhog cupcakes I’ve ever seen!

  5. I love this chocolate cupcakes are very attracting usually everyone will like this cupcakes and the one who is decorated this is very nice

  6. Thank you for sharing this adorable recipe. I am in the process of making them. Instead of spending the extra few dollars on Hershey Drops, I decided to make my own using just candy melt. That is working out well.
    Thanks again.

  7. Just shared these with my daughters’ class at school. They were a big hit! How did you get the heads and pieces to stay put? After making them with cupcakes, I would try chocolate donuts next time to have a stronger base. Great idea! Very fun! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  8. These cupcakes are just adorable. My sugar-freak granddaughter would go nuts for these. Well make them next time she comes over.

  9. Adorable

  10. Being retired, I love having the time to make this kind of goodies.
    Very time consuming, but they came out good. The only problem I had was finding marshmallow bits. The only ones I found were too small and hard, so I “carved” my own with a sharp knife using mini marshmallows. I cut them in half horizontally, flattened them and cut out the teeth.
    Instead of the black sunflower seeds, I used the small tube of black icing to make the nose, making a tip at the end.
    My family and friends loved them!

  11. These are too cute.I’m gonna have to make these for my son

  12. Yumm Ground hog cupckes

  13. SOO CUTE! I have to do a speech on ground hogs so treats for the class

  14. These are adorable, my family lives in Punxsy, the locals call it that instead of Punxsutawney.

  15. Can you suggest a substitute for the peanut butter cups? Someone in my son’s class has a peanut allergy.

  16. Hi! I run a Secret Pal/Secret Santa gift idea website, and I’d like to share your recipe with my followers. I will, of course, credit you. May I use your adorable image of the cupcake? (He’s very cute!) Please email me.

  17. Love, Love, Love. I teach preschool, and we celebrate GH day every year!!! Have made GH cakepops every year, and was looking for a new edible. LOVE THIS! Thanks SOOOO much! You are the bomb!!!

  18. I have a grandson 9th birthday today 02/8/ today. So next weekend I’ll make these and hearts thank you so much for sharing.

  19. Too cute! Thank-you! Groundhog Day is one of my favs…just fun, no shopping or expectations. I’ll surely make these next year.

  20. Awww, now that’s adorable!

  21. This is so cute! Plus it’s chocolate! Cool how you made is so fun.

  22. I can’t wait now for next Groundhog Day!

  23. They made me squeal, so cute!

  24. SUCH a cute idea!!! Especially for those who aren’t too fond of frosting!

  25. Can’t believe how dang cute these are! You are so creative! The real problem for me would be not eating all the candy before I turned it into little groundhog faces, lol!

  26. So creative and adorable! :)

  27. I love how you could just make the groundhog candy as a topper without the cake underneath because they already look adorable in the reeses wrapper.
    Also, what fun would it be for little kids to assemble their own groundhogs to go over cupcakes!!
    I can’t get over these; they’re so creative.

  28. Just so cute!! I’d be happy to eat these over and over again!

  29. i’m calling it groundhog week just so i can make these.

  30. They’re so cute, I don’t know if I could bite into his sweet little face!

  31. These are TOO CUTE! So cute I wouldn’t want to eat them, just display them so I can go “awww” all day. I love the creativity!

  32. This are so cute! Very creative!

  33. These are the absolute cutest things I’ve ever seen made for Groundhog Day. Their eyes and teeth and nose are so sweet. Oh, the whole thing is just adorable. Love it!

  34. OMG these are adorable! Thank you for sharing both the idea and the recipe!

  35. So cute :D here in NY, it’s nice and snowy >:(

  36. Your creations never fail to make my jaw drop. These are freaking adorable!!

  37. I love how you used everyday candy to create this cute cupcake! We don’t celebrate Groundhog Day in the Netherlands, but I wished we did just for the cupcakes.

  38. Oh! The are so cozy!! Love this all-chocolate kind of cupcakes!!

  39. Bakerella, You have done it again!! You are so CREATIVELY GIFTED!! You even made groundhogs look adorable! We have a snow day tomorrow, so I will try making these with my kids. We are already experiencing a blizzard. If the groundhog sees its shadow tomorrow, maybe you can share a recipe for Groundhog stew. Just Kidding!

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