My husband celebrated his birthday recently, and he requested that I make him “half a cake” because he doesn’t have a sweet tooth like I do. Since I was using a box mix, I told him I really could not. But luckily, his office holiday party was also last weekend, so I ended up divvying up the batter into one round cake pan and 12 cupcakes to take to the party.
I made chocolate frosting from scratch using my mom’s recipe. To give the cupcakes some “holiday spirit” I thought of adding a red or green M&M to the top of each. I put a red candy on a cupcake and made my husband taste-test it (he did not protest). Then I noticed: the brown cupcake with a red dot looked a little like a reindeer with a red nose. So I added pretzel antlers, and voila! Rudolph Cupcakes.