Monday, 24 December 2012

Reindeer Cupcakes

Seasons greetings to all my readers.  I am still alive and well and finally got to do a spot of baking just for Christmas. I've missed baking and blogging so it's good to be back for a while but normal services will not resume for a few months yet. 
This is a peanut butter cupcake with a chocolate ganache frosting decorated to look like a reindeer! They were almost too cute to eat but we managed it anyway :) 

Merry Christmas Everyone! 

I'm sending this to Tea Time Treats hosted by Kate from What Kate Baked (host for December) and Karen from Lavender and Lovage. The theme this month is chocolate - yay!

I'm also sending this to Calendar Cakes hosted by Rachel from Dolly Bakes (host for December) and Laura from Laura Loves Cakes. The theme is 'Go Crackers for Christmas' so these are perfect for the occasion.

 Peanut butter cupcake 

 Spread chocolate ganache on top 

 Add a giant chocolate button in the middle with a red peanut butter m&m for his nose

 Pipe 2 eyes with writing icing or you can use white chocolate buttons

 Cut a mini pretzel in half. Use them to make his antlers and jaw as shown 

 So cute! 

For the cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes

75g butter
130g smooth peanut butter
190g dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
120g plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
60ml semi-skimmed milk

For the chocolate ganache
200g chocolate
100mls double cream
50g icing sugar

For the decorations
12 Giant Cadbury Buttons
12 red peanut butter m&m's (or smarties or regular m&m's)
12 mini pretzels 
writing icing - black and white

  • Preheat the oven to 160C.
  • Line a 12-hole muffin tray with cupcake cases. 
  • Cream the butter, peanut butter and sugar until well blended. 
  • Add the eggs, one at a time and then stir in the vanilla extract. 
  • Combine the flour, salt and baking powder in a separate bowl.
  • Add 1/3 of the flour to the creamed mixture and beat well.
  • Pour 1/3 of the milk and beat again.
  • Repeat until all the flour and milk have been added. 
  • Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases - I used a large ice cream scoop. 
  • Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. 
  • Allow to cool completely before decorating. 
  • Make the chocolate ganache by melting the chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. 
  • Once the chocolate has melted, remove from the heat and stir in the double cream.
  • Finally sift in the icing sugar. 
  • Spread a thick layer of chocolate ganache on top of each cupcake and decorate as shown. 


  1. Merry Christmas Ros!

    These little cakes look fab. Lovely and festive! :) x

    1. Merry Christmas Susie - hope you had a good one x

  2. Adorable Ros! Thanks for sharing...A Happy Holiday to YOu and Yours, Louise

    1. So nice to hear from you Louise - hope you had a good Christmas :)

  3. Merry Christmas Ros! These cupcakes are so adorable & festive! Enjoy the holiday season! :)

    1. Merry Christmas Kit! Festive greetings to you and your family.

  4. Merry Christmas Ros and thank you very much for entering these fabulously festive cakes into TTT!

    1. Merry Christmas Kate - looking forward to the chocolatey round up :)

  5. They're seriously cute! Love the step by step as to how to make them.

  6. These are so cute Ros! Love the look of that delicious ganache as well!

  7. These are super cute! So much fun for Christmas time :o)

    1. Thanks! Will have to make these again for Christmas :)


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