These adorable white chocolate and orange reindeer cupcakes are perfect for Christmas baking, especially for kids to get involved in making and decorating.
The cupcakes and delicious buttercream are easy to make. The decorations for the eyes and nose are made from vegan-friendly fondant, and the antlers are broken in half salted pretzels painted gold.
I’m sure Santa would LOVE a little Reindeer cupcake left out for him on Christmas Eve, with a glass of dairy-free milk of course.
You can make these cupcakes a little more special, ‘for the adults’ by adding a splash of orange gin into the marmalade filling.
An orange cupcake with an orange marmalade core, topped with an orange flavoured buttercream dunked in dairy-free white chocolate with fondant and pretzel details.
This recipe is in paid partnership with Fancy Sprinkles.
To give these reindeer extra magic and a festive touch, I added some of the Fancy Sprinkles ‘Prism Powder’ in Ruby red to the nose and Fools Gold to the antlers. They have a new range of edible glitter, perfect for decorating your cakes, bakes and decorations. Check out their range here.
They also have a great range of vegan sprinkles, check them out!
Working with white chocolate:
- Dairy-free / vegan white chocolate is not like your dairy chocolate, its a lot more temperamental. My favourite white chocolate for melting and using in desserts like these cupcakes, my polar bear tartlets and Snowman Hot chocolate bomb is the Free Free Sainsbury’s Own. Most UK supermarkets have their own FreeFrom range, but I’ve found Sainsbury’s to be the best. It’s easy to melt and tastes delicious reminds me of my childhood fave, Milky Bar.
- If you live outside of the UK, its worth taste-testing / melting different white chocolates to find the one which works for you.
Some other brands with delicious vegan white chocolate options:
- Moo Free Chocolates
- The Free From Kitchen
Looking for more Vegan Reindeer dessert inspo? Look no further:
- Reindeer Marshmallow Tea Cakes
- Reindeer Hot Chocolate Bomb
- Chocolate Ganache Reindeer Cake
- White Rudolph Cake
- Butterscotch Reindeer Cupcakes
- Reindeer Chocolate Orange Truffles
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