Monday, December 17, 2012

Reindeer Cupcakes!

My mother and stepdad were holding a Christmas dinner with just them and the kids (with spouses and cute new babies too). I volunteered to bring some dessert since I love an excuse to bake! I used to make cookies or cupcakes a lot and bring them into my old office...but now I work in an office with only 3 people (including me!) so I don't have much of an excuse to bust out the hand mixer these days.

I love to bake, but sometimes I prefer to play with decorating and don't bother to bake from scratch. These cupcakes fell into that category!

Your favourite cupcake mix! (I used chocolate since reindeer are brown)
Your favourite chocolate icing
M&Ms for eyes
Swedish berries for noses
Pretzels for antlers!

I wanted to also use chocolate sprinkles to make a "fur like" appearance, but alas, I couldn't find any at the store! I also recommend getting a big bag of pretzels. It takes a lot of attempts to break a piece into an antler-like shape. You can see some of these ones have some awkward antlers, but hey- no two reindeer are the same, right?

Have you been doing any holiday baking?

Edit: I made these on Saturday and put them in the fridge until Sunday night dinner. When we went to eat them, the pretzels had gone stale. I recommend leaving them off until ready to serve!

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