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Annabel's Air Fryer Reindeer Ride Cupcakes

Annabel's Air Fryer Reindeer Ride Cupcakes

Get the festive fun off to a flying start this Christmas with Annabel’s sleigh-stopping bake. Kids will love making and assembling Santa and his tasty team!

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes


Temperature: 160°

Air Fryer Setting: Manual

Cooking Time: 25 minutes



  • 150g margarine
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 2 large eggs,
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 100g beetroot, cooked and grated



  • 200g white vanilla buttercream
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder



  • 12 mini Jaffa Cakes
  • Edible eyes
  • Brown and red M&Ms
  • Pretzels
  • 2 Kit Kats (4 fingers)
  • Chocolate fingers
  • 4 candy canes
  • 1 chocolate Santa



1. Preheat the oven to 160°C Fan / 350°F / Gas.
2. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with cases.
3. Measure the cake ingredients into a large bowl. Beat until smooth. I’m using the Dualit Hand Mixer with flat beater attachment for ease.
4. Spoon into the cases and bake for 20-25 minutes until well risen and set in the centre.
5. To decorate the reindeer, mix the buttercream and cocoa powder together in a bowl. Again, I’ve used the Dualit Hand Mixer flat beater for a smooth consistency.
6. Spread the chocolate buttercream over each cupcake, and then add a Jaffa Cake to each one, with a brown or red M&M to make the nose (use a small amount of buttercream to stick the M&M’s on).
7. Add the eyes, and then two pretzels to each one to make the antlers.
8. To assemble, lay a track using chocolate fingers. Build a sleigh by laying 2 Kit Kats across 4 candy canes, using chocolate buttercream to stick as needed. Place the chocolate Santa on the sleigh, and then arrange the reindeer cupcakes and edible sleigh across the tracks.


The cupcakes were super easy to make using Dualit’s Hand Mixer - the secret ingredient to brilliant bakes.

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