Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Reindeers (Cupcakes)

Those Reindeers are literally galloping to your plate ;) Christmas-like cinnamon taste, delicate dough with sweet buttercream, sweet cherry and salty ears :) Not only they look wonderful but they will also take your palate and stomach straight to heaven ;)
Original recipe - idea comes from this website, though I made some changes, the main change is the top - not whipped cream but Martha's -a-little-bit-changed buttercream.
What's more, children will definitely love them as much as those Christmas Trees! The buttercream I used is more resistant to warm temperatures (one of my reindeers remained in a room temperature for the entire evening plus night and the next day it looked same cute).

I do honestly recommend all of these wonders for the upcoming Christmas :) I promise You will not be disappointed ;)

Ingredients (all of them need to be in room temperature):

  • 3 glasses of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of cinammon
  • 230g of butter
  • 1,5 glass of sugar
  • 4 big eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/4 glass of milk

Swiss meringue buttercream:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 glass of white sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 300g of butter, in a room temperature, chopped into small cubes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Body parts :)

  • candied cherries (optionally cut into halves) - nose
  • pretzels, cut into halves - horns
  • any hard, small, edible white (chocolate) balls or small edible eyes, if available - for eyes


  1. Prepare paper muffin cases and muffin tins.
  2. Take a quite big bowl, sieve flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon inside, set aside.
  3. Take a mixer and its bowl, whisk butter and sugar till it becomes bright and fluffy.
  4. Gradually add eggs, mixing after adding each of them.
  5. Add vanilla extract and mix again.
  6. At the end, take turns at adding the 'dry', sieved ingredients from the bowl and milk. Repeat till both ingredients are mixed inside. 
  7. Distribute the dough evently into every paper muffin case (to its 3/4 height).
  8. Bake in 180C for around 20 minutes, till they get gold (check with a toothpick).
  9. Cool down.
Swiss meringue buttercream:
  1. Take a heatproof bowl, put egg whites and sugar inside. Prepare a 'bath'.* Keep stiring and heating the mixture over a steam of a boiling water till the sugar completely melts.
  2. Cool the mixture down. 
  3. Put the egg white mixture in the mixer's bowl and beat for around 10 minutes to get a white, shiny, stiff meringue.
  4. Start adding the butter, one piece after another, mixing after adding every piece. While adding it may look like it is curdled, but don't panic, it's perfectly fine :) (it shall take around 5 more minutes).
  5. When the mixture is stiff and all the butter is mixed, add vanilla extract, mix.

  1. Take a pastry bag with a star-like tin nozzle, put the buttercream inside and start distributing on the muffin.
  2. Start from the middle of the muffin and making circles go it its edge.
  3. Decorate with...body parts of your reindeer :)
  4. Bon Appetit! ;)

*A bath is simply heating the ingredients over a steam (but not boiling them in a water), just keeping them over a pot with boiling water, in a heatproof bowl.


  1. I love them, they are so adorable <3 Last year I baked it and they were the biggest hit of Christmas time :D

    1. :D Me too :) Oh yes, I can imagine! :)
      I do something like that every year as there are plenty of possibilities! :) Christmas trees, reindeers.. i have even seen a Santa made in a similar way to these little wonders :)