Holiday Cupcake Recipes

Cupcake Elves

Easy to make fudge cupcakes are decorated with cute elf faces. Let your kids make up names for each one.

35 min. prep time
12 cupcakes
000 Ratings



1 (19.5- to 21-ounce) package fudge brownie mix
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
1/4 cup water


2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
Marshmallows, mini candy-coated chocolate pieces, red licorice and large gumdrops


Heat oven to 350°F.   Place paper baking cups into 12 muffin pan cups; set aside.

Combine all cupcake ingredients in bowl; beat at medium speed until well mixed.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin pan cups. Bake 28-32 minutes or until tops spring back when touched lightly in center. Cool completely.

Combine powdered sugar, 1/4 cup butter and vanilla in bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often and gradually adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency.

Spoon frosting into heavy resealable plastic food bag. Snip tip from one corner to make small hole. Decorate cupcakes and attach candies with frosting.

Use cut marshmallows for ears; mini candy-coated chocolate pieces for eyes and nose. Cut 1-inch pieces of red licorice to form mouths. Use whole gumdrops for hats.

Nutrition Facts (1 cupcake)

Calories: 180

Fat: 12g

Cholesterol: 80mg

Sodium: 130mg

Carbohydrates: 16g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 2g

Recipe #11234©2001Land O'Lakes, Inc.

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