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Eight Tiny Reindeer 
Dec. 4, 2009 12:40 pm 
Updated: Jan. 11, 2010 11:48 am
To reward my students for meeting their monthly reading goals, I throw a party each month. It involves lunch in the classroom with a video and a homemade treat.

November's reward party was held on December 3. I decided to go with a holiday themed treat. I picked Reindeer Cupcakes. I surfed for ideas, and here's what I gave the party-goers.

Start with plain cupcakes - any flavor. I used a boxed mix - hey, it was a school night.
Mix up a batch of your favorite frosting. I used Decorator Frosting I.
Take out a little white frosting and put it in a sandwich bag. We'll get to that later.
To make the colored frosting, I added some brown color (I use Wilton gels) and let my KA stand mixer work the color in. I took out a cup or so of the tan frosting, then added more color and mixed again to get brown. Remember that the colors will deepen after the frosting sits for while.

Spread a layer of brown frosting all over the top of a cupcake.
You could actually use chocolate frosting for this step,
but none of my family likes the stuff (I know, strange.)

Fit a large piping bag with a large round tip and fill it with the tan icing. Pipe a mounded oval shape toward one side - not in the middle. Use a small spatula or butter knife to smooth it down a bit.

Snip a corner off the sandwich baggie and pipe two white dots for eyes,
just above the tan frosting. You could use a piping bag and tip,
but why bother for this amount of frosting.

At this point, you need either black frosting, or decorating gel. I just happened to have the gel, so I used it to make the black dots on the eyes. You could add some black coloring to some of the other frosting to get black (and just use a baggie again). You could even just use candies or chocolate chips for the eyes. Be creative!

Add a red candy for the nose - I used M&Ms.

Draw on a smile.

Add some pretzels for the antlers.
I swear, this was the most time-consuming part. I broke, chopped, and destroyed pretzels the entire time the cupcakes baked, just trying to get enough matching pairs of antlers.

You can leave them as-is, or put some brown frosting into a piping bag with a leaf tip and pipe ears in front of the antlers. Practice this on waxed paper (or a clean child's hand) until you get the hang of it. My icing could have been a tiny bit stiffer for this part.

The finished products are just too cute!

The kids loved these. I thought the pretzel antlers were a little, um, stale by the time they were eaten, but they didn't seem to mind. Although I baked 24 cupcakes, I only made 8 reindeer - just enough to pull the sleigh. Well, I made nine. Eight made it to school the next day.

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Rudy and Friends
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Dec. 4, 2009 12:46 pm
Adorable cupcakes! Thanks for sharing your how-to steps.
Dec. 4, 2009 1:48 pm
Very Cute. Mag
Dec. 4, 2009 1:51 pm
what a cute idea! I saw your pic on the homepage and its so great you had the how to steps!
Dec. 4, 2009 4:07 pm
your a good teacher, and very creative keep up the great work
Dec. 5, 2009 6:59 am
How cute, Pam! Thanks for the step by step, for someone inexperienced like me helps a lot. My boys love to decorate cupcakes.
Dec. 5, 2009 2:15 pm
That's neat! If I went to public school, you would rate high! But at the moment, I have the best (BEST) teacher in the world! (mysterious! See my profile and you'll figure it out :) I also have the best principle in the world)
Dec. 5, 2009 3:17 pm
You are a wonderful teacher! Your class is very lucky. What a treat and you do it every month.
Dec. 15, 2009 3:47 pm
Wow, So creative I love it.... it's So cute! :) the kids must of enjoyed it! thanks for showing us how!!!
Dec. 17, 2009 10:37 am
how adorable!....if you're a teacher and need this kind of stuff several times during the year...here's and idea i"ve used. Pour melted chocolate melting wafers into a mold for a small hershey type chocolate bar(see Sugarcraft.com) bring them to school with a precut piece of foil and a "wrapper" you cut out at home. Let them design the wrapper and wrap up the bar...it's cute.
Jan. 6, 2010 9:34 pm
Geez Pam, those are the most beautiful and cutest cupcakes. BSM is right, your students are the lucky ones alright. Lucky to have you for their teacher.
Jan. 8, 2010 12:52 pm
How do you make the heads for the melted snowmen on the sugar cookies? They are adorable!
Jan. 8, 2010 1:18 pm
i too would like to know how to do the snowman heads :)
Jan. 8, 2010 2:04 pm
I admit... I'm here for the melted snowman heads too!
Jan. 11, 2010 11:48 am
Sorry! I didn't have the time or energy to blog the snowman heads- it was a weeknight, and I work full time. Plus, I got the idea from a wonderful blog. Here's the link, but I'll do a short blog with the link imbedded. http://staceyssweetshop.blogspot.com/2009/12/melted-snowman-cookie-tutorial-part-1.html
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I have three teenage sons who are picky eaters (especially the middle one). I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My husband started out a picky eater when we met back in 1986, but he's gotten much better and is willing to try ALMOST anything I make. In my spare time I teach second grade. I have introduced my students to cooking and/or new foods over the years.
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I've made some pretty cool cakes for my boys' birthdays. They include a firetruck, baseball, football, and Pokeball. I've also used shaped pans to decorate everything from Barney and Elmo, Power Ranger, Jeff Gordon's #24 racecar, football helmet, a dog and dog house, a monkey, a giant cupcake, and a penguin. Some recent cakes have been a pizza, chef's hat, and Topsy-Turvy (Mad Hatter Cake.) The last one didn't collapse - that was a real triumph! One of my best triumphs has been teaching my boys to cook. They'll never go hungry.
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