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Elf Inspired Cupcakes

Thrifty Mom Media
Fun and festive frosted Elf inspired cupcakes are fun for the kids to decorate too.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 21 mins
Total Time 41 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 22
Calories 180 kcal


  • 1 box of french vanilla cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 C 1 stick of softened unsalted sweet cream butter
  • One cup of whole milk
  • Single tsp vanilla extract
  • Container of Christmas sprinkles
  • Small bag of red and green M&M's
  • 2 C of mini marshmallows
  • Festive cupcake liners
  • Your cupcake pan
  • Frosting Ingredients
  • One Cup unsalted butter
  • A Cup of powder sugar
  • 5 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • Teaspoon of Vanilla bean paste
  • Disposable piping bag
  • number 3 piping tip


  • Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake pan with the liners
  • Using a hand mixer, beat together the cake mix, butter, milk, and vanilla and mix until combined
  • Take a medium ice cream scoop and, scoop the batter into the cupcake liners and fill about 3/4 of the way full
  • Bake in the oven for about 21 minutes
  • Pull cupcakes out and place on the side to cool
  • Frosting Directions
  • In a standing mixer, combine the butter, powder sugar, vanilla, and the heavy whipping cream.
  • Mix on medium speed until stiff and creamy.
  • If you still see powdery pebbles, add in 2 more tbsp heavy whipping cream.
  • Continue to mix until stiff and creamy
  • Scoop frosting into the piping bag fitting with the number 3 tip
  • Using your tip with the frosting, pipe squiggles all over the top of the cupcake
  • Sprinkle the Christmas sprinkles and M&M's all over the top
  • Top with 4 mini marshmallows


Serving: 1gCalories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 1.4gFat: 5.3gSaturated Fat: 1.3gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 153mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 26g
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