Oh Deer! Mini Cupcakes.


I thought it was time to cute up some cupcakes, so I made merry mini reindeers for you.

Chocolate covered chocolate cupcakes all dressed up for the holidays.

Oh deer! So cute.

To get started, we’re going to need a bunch of miniature cupcakes.

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

Okay. Done.

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes
Yield: 48 mini cupcakes

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup hot water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line mini cupcake pans with 48 mini baking cups.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  3. Add eggs and mix until combined.
  4. Add buttermilk, oil and vanilla and mix until combined.
  5. Slowly add hot water and mix until combined.
  6. Fill cupcake liners with batter about 2/3 full.
  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Cool and decorate.
Chocolate Antlers

Next, we need a bunch of little antlers.

Drawing Antlers

I used my Chocolate Fudge Wafers, a toothpick and a template to make these.

Download and print the antler template I made and place it under wax paper. Then just trace it with a toothpick dipped in the melted chocolate.

Make the lines thick so they will be sturdier. Let them dry and then gently separate the antlers from the wax paper and safely set aside until ready to decorate.

Chocolate Reindeer Cupcake

To decorate, we’re going to dip the cupcakes in melted candy wafers.

But first, hold the chocolate antlers near their base and gently press them into the mini cupcake to create a hole. Remove the antlers and dip the cupcake. Then after dipping, immediately insert the antlers back into the holes you made and the coating will dry and hold them in place.

Reindeer Steps

Let’s look at that in steps.

  1. Put antlers in position and then remove.
  2. Dip mini cupcake tops in melted chocolate coating. Note: I added my Marshmallow White Candy Wafers to make a lighter brown color, so the antlers would stand out.
  3. Immediately place the antlers back in position.
  4. Before the coating sets, place two sugar eyes in position and a black jelly bean for a nose and let dry.

DIY Sugar Eyes

My DIY Sugar Eyes are fun to use for faces because you can have your eyes look in different directions.

I think it gives them character.

Reindeer Cupcake

See. This one is giving me the side eye.

Mini Reindeer Cupcakes

To finish them, use some a toothpick dipped in some of the leftover melted chocolate and draw on a sweet little smirk.

Reindeer Cupcakes

Or use the melted coating to attach pink confetti sprinkle cheeks and draw on eyelashes for girls.

Super cute!

Mini Reindeer Cupcakes

And of course, the group wouldn’t be complete without a red-nosed reindeer in the mix. I used a red sugar coated peanut for the nose, but a red M&M would be cute too.

Hope you like these little guys as much as I do.


You can find my Bakerella for Make’n Mold Candy Wafers and DIY Sugar Eyes in stores at A.C. Moore Craft Stores or online directly from Make’n Mold.


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52 comments on “Oh Deer! Mini Cupcakes.”

  1. Going to try making these for the school kids!

  2. Can the decorated cupcakes be kept in the frig or on the counter? For how long?

  3. These look absolutely yummy. I will definitely give these cupcakes a try. The kids would love these :-).

  4. Fantastic, love your way of explaining each step, thank you.

  5. These little reindeer cupcakes are so cute!
    Thank you.

  6. Thank you for sharing, you are amazing!

  7. I am very amazed at what you have informed with this article. You have discussed a very precious article. It is nice and outstanding.

  8. These reindeer are so cute. You’re so skillful. They took my heart away. So cute!

  9. I’m so impressed at the cute ideas you come up with!

  10. These are soooo adorable!!

  11. These are so cute! I will be trying them soon.

  12. Adorable

  13. Oh wait… just saw to line with 48… ! Thankyou!

  14. Do you know how many cupcakes the batter will make??

  15. Bakerella, you know me. And you know I’m cooing especially over the little pink cheeks! Tooooooooo cuuuuuuuute!

  16. These reindeer are so cute!

  17. OMG! I’m in love, these are the best Chistmas cupcakes ever. So cute and the step by step is amazing.
    Your DIY eyes make everything easier.
    Thank you so much!

  18. These are so adorable and sound very easy to make. I’ll have to put it on my list for next Christmas as I have this Christmas already laid out lol

  19. Merry Christmas Bakerella!

  20. These are seriously the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen! And I’m loving those melts and the matte finish they give! Pinned :)

  21. These little reindeer cupcakes are so cute!

  22. Omg soooo cute I’ll be making these for the kids and the adults get vanilla bean I cream bread pudding with whiskey caramel sauce!!! Question how did you achieve the color that was used to dip the tops as the reindeers “fur” color its a pale gresigh chocolate color???

  23. You are so creative and talented! Had to share this one on Facebook :)

  24. This are SO cute! You are the best!!

  25. Soo cute!!

  26. Truly love these cuties!!!

  27. The only words that will do are too cute! I would make all Rudolph ones though!

  28. Thanks everyone!!!

    Abby – the noses are black jellybeans

  29. Call me lazy- that’s a lot of effort to prepare something that is going to be eaten anyway! :) They do look absolutely fabulous!

  30. OMG!! adorable! I have a question, what did you use for the reindeer’s noses (besides Rudolph)?

  31. These are the sweetest little reindeer! I didn’t know you had DIY candy eyes..LOVE! :o)

  32. I could never make these because they’re so cute that I’d be sad about eating them!

  33. How cute are these!! I especially love the Rulpdoh one amongst “all the other reindeer”!!

  34. These are so cute & you make them look fairly easy, but I would LOVE to see all the “Fail” photos that I’m sure will happen. (Mine being one of them)

  35. Such cute deers made by a dear!

  36. Aw…We were going to try to make some mice cookies for scouts, but these are so cute we will try them, instead! Very cute! I know my girls will love them. Thank you for the cute idea!

  37. Your reindeers are adorable! Thank you for sharing, you are amazing!

  38. OMG the cute :D

  39. Oh my goodness! These are amazing! and actually quite easy.
    I need to make them immediately!

  40. I gotta do these!! lol or at least try to!

  41. These are adorable! I need to make them this Christmas.

  42. Oh my goodness these are adorable! I just don’t know if I could be bothered going to all the effort. The extent of my Xmas cooking so far has been ginger cookies using star & xmas tree cutters lol :)

  43. Can’t wait to make these for our holiday party! :)

  44. Gorgeous, thank you.

  45. This is so cute!
    Makes me want to make them right now, though having the ingredients is probably necessary in the long run…
    Great idea!

  46. Jane and Angie – Thanks! They were really fun to make.

  47. These are adorable!!

  48. Darling little reindeer!!!

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