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Rudolph Reindeer Gingerbread Cupcakes

These are may favorite rudolph reindeer gingerbread cupcake filled with a delicious mulled cherry wine filling. They taste deliciously like christmas with all the spice and topped with a smooth white chocolate cream cheese frosting. You can substitute the red wine with orange juice for a non-alcoholic version.


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Every year during Christmas I prepare these adorable Rudolph reindeer cupcakes. Did you notice the reindeer is an upside down gingerbread man?! Isn’t that a genius idea? I can’t remember where I got this thought but ever since, the upside down gingerbread man turned into Rudolph the red nosed reindeer.

I’ve used my speculoos gingerbread recipe to make these cute little reindeers. These cookies are my favorite especially the delicious brown butter maple glaze!

How to make these cute Rudolph the reindeer gingerbread cupcakes:

We start with the cherry mulled wine filling. Put cherries, sugar and wine (or orange juice for non alcoholic version) into a pot over medium low heat until all the sugar is dissolved. Kick the heat onto medium high heat until the mixture cooks. Meanwhile in a small bowl combine cornstarch and cold water. Add to the cherry wine mixture and let it boil until it thickens. Let it stand aside to cool.

Now we make the gingerbread batter.

In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt. In a bowl of an electric mixture beat the butter and the brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, honey, and eggs (one at the time) until combined. Add milk alternating with flour mixture. Divide batter evenly onto prepared muffin pan. 

There are two option to add the filling, either adding the filling now to the unbaked batter right just into the middle. Or after baking, than you need to make a little hole to add the filling. Your decision.

Bake for 18-22 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out with moist crumbs attached.

At last we make the white chocolate cream cheese frosting.

In a small microwave safe bowl heat carefully the white chocolate and the cream in the microwave until melted and combine. Let it cool completely. It needs to be cold, so please be patient if not your frosting will be runny.

Beat the softened butter and the caster sugar until pale and fluffy for at least 6 minutes. It needs to be very light in color. Add the white choclate cream and beat again. Add the Cream Cheese and only beat for a short time. IMPORTANT Don’t overbeat it! only until its just combined!

Pipe the frosting on top of the cake
Enjoy 🙂


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Rudolph Reindeer Gingerbread Cupcakes

These are may favorite rudolph reindeer gingerbread cupcake filled with a delicious mulled cherry wine filling. They taste deliciously like christmas with all the spice and topped with a smooth white chocolate cream cheese frosting.
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Course: christmas cupcakes, christmas desserts, Dessert, festive desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cupcakes, christmas recipes, gingerbread, gingerbread cupcake, holiday recipes
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 602kcal
Author: Antonia

Ingredients

Cherry Mulled Wine Filling

  • 250 g cherries fresh or frozen and thawed
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup red wine or orange juice
  • 2 tsp cornstarch +2tbsp cold water

Gingerbread Cupcake

  • 3/4 cup flour I've used half spelt flour and half AP flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 25 g white chocolate
  • 25 ml cream
  • 50 g butter soft
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 225 g cream cheese

Instructions

Cherry Mulled wine filling

  • Put all the ingredients (except cornstarch and cold water) into a pot over medium low heat until all the sugar is dissolved. Kick the heat onto medium high heat until the mixture cooks. Meanwhile in a small bowl combine cornstarch and cold water. Add to the cherry wine mixture and let it boil until it thickens. Let it stand aside to cool.

Gingerbread Cupcakes

  • In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt.
  • In a bowl of an electric mixture beat the butter and the brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, honey, and eggs (one at the time) until combined. Add milk alternating with flour mixture.
  • Divide batter evenly onto prepared muffin pan.
  • There are two option to add the filling, either adding the filling now to the unbaked batter right just into the middle. Or after baking, than you need to make a little hole to add the filling. Your decision.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out with moist crumbs attached.

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • n a small microwave safe bowl heat carefully the white chocolate and the cream in the microwave until melted and combine. Let it cool completely. It needs to be cold, so please be patient if not your frosting will be runny.
  • Beat the softened butter and the caster sugar until pale and fluffy for at least 6 minutes. It needs to be very light in color. Add the white choclate cream and beat again. Add the Cream Cheese and only beat for a short time. IMPORTANT Don't overbeat it! only until its just combined!
  • Pipe the frosting on top of the cake 
  • Enjoy 🙂

Nutrition

Calories: 602kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 1126IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 2mg
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