Monday, December 8, 2008

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Cupcakes

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows...

This classic Christmas song was the inspiration for these reindeer cupcakes. Using Martha Stewart's One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcake recipe (click here), I baked 24 cupcakes and decorated them using chocolate frosting, pretzels and a variety of other candies.

Before I began, I checked Google images for other reindeer-themed cupcakes, and was somewhat disappointed. Most of the examples I found were, well... kind of ugly. While these aren't perfect, I think they turned out well, and I'm pleased that I was able to make them out of totally edible items, without resorting to fondant.

So get your apron on and your creative juices flowing, and whip up some of these adorable Christmas cupcakes before the big guy in red arrives!

The ingredients:
Piping the chocolate eyes:
Santa's favourite reindeer:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Cupcakes

24 baked chocolate cupcakes
Chocolate frosting
Pretzel Twists
24 amaretti cookies (or any other tan, circular cookie)
24 Swedish Berries (or any other red, circular candy)
10 white chocolate wafers
48 milk chocolate chips

1. Using an offset spatula, frost each of the cupcakes with the chocolate frosting.
2. Place the white chocolate wafers in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat for 1 minute, stirring the chocolate every 20 seconds, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
3. Allow the white chocolate wafers to cool for a few minutes, and then scoop into a plastic sandwich bag and seal closed.
4. Using scissors, snip a very small piece from the tip of the sandwich bag and pipe 48 small circles onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
5. Place a chocolate chip in the centre of each white chocolate circle and press into place.
6. Transfer the baking sheet to the freezer and chill the chocolates for 5 minutes.
7. Place an amaretti cookie in the middle of each cupcake, about 2 cm from the bottom and press firmly in place.
8. Above each cookie, press two eyes into place.
9. Scoop some of the remaining chocolate frosting into a sandwich bag, and snip a very small piece from the tip of the bag.
10. Pipe a chocolate frosting mouth onto the cookie, and add a dollop of frosting at the top of the cookie.
11. Press a Swedish Berry onto the dollop of frosting to secure it.
12. Using a small paring knife, cut the pretzel twists so they look like antlers.
13. Affix two antlers into the top of each cupcake.


Acai Berry said...

acai berry got so many benefits. I just luv it.

ingegerd said...

i love those cupcakes!!so cute!

Tami said...

I love your Rudolph cupcakes! They're adorable!

Lord of the Wing said...

cute and adorable, that's what I was going to say!