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North Pole Cupcakes

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North Pole Christmas Cupcakes are a fun twist on a traditional holiday cupcake!  They are full of flavor, sweetness, and will look great sitting on your holiday sweets table!  These cupcakes will quickly become a family favorite not only due to their amazing goodness, but for their fun and unique look!

North Pole Cupcakes

North Pole Christmas Cupcakes

I love a traditional holiday cupcake with simple decorations, however, there is just something about these unique North Pole Christmas Cupcakes and our super cute Santa Hat Cupcakes! They make your holiday sweets table come alive with cute Christmas Desserts!

If you are welcoming a certain Elf to your home in a few weeks, then this would be a great way to celebrate his arrival! Imagine your little one’s face when they see that their favorite Elf has delivered ACTUAL North Pole Cupcakes!

This is such a great Christmas time cupcake recipe!  This is one of those cupcake recipes that is both easy, yummy, and something your kids will love!  That in my book is a win-win!

Don’t be intimidated by this North Pole Christmas Cupcake recipe.  It actually all goes together pretty quickly, and the ingredients are all things you normally have in your pantry and fridge.

Normally I’d suggest having your little ones help create these, however, since they may be from the Elf, it would be best if you make them yourself.   I think this Christmas time cupcake recipe will become a favorite of yours!

Ingredient List

  • White granulated sugar because sweetness in sweets make everything better.
  • Unsalted sweet cream butter is the butter you will want to use for this recipe. Always use unsalted butter when you are baking if you are adding any additional salt into the recipe. However, if you are making a recipe that doesn’t use salt, feel free to use salted butter.
  • Make sure that your baking soda is fresh and not expired.
  • Remember that when you are measuring out your all-purpose flour, you must use the scoop with a spoon and level with a knife method to get accurate results.
  • Ground cinnamon to give an extra kick. However, make sure that you are using basic ground cinnamon. You don’t want the spicy cinnamon.
  • Kosher salt is a key ingredient. Do NOT use regular table salt. That is strictly for seasoning at the table.
  • Heavy whipping cream can be found in the dairy section at your local store.
  • You can either use regular sour cream or lite. It doesn’t matter.
  • Make sure to refer to the recipe card for the complete ingredient list.

Expert Tips and Suggestions for Recipe Success

  • Feel free to use a store-bought cake mix for this recipe if you’d rather not make them from scratch.
  • Instead of making the chocolate signs, you can just design some on your computer and print them off and stick them to your candy canes.

Supplies Needed:

  • Muffin tin
  • Cupcake liners
  • Mixing bowls
  • Piping bag and tips
  • Stand mixer or hand-held mixer

Step by Step Directions

Please refer to printable recipe card below. In process photos are coming soon!

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North Pole Cupcakes

*makes 12 cupcakes
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American


Ingredients Needed:

  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/4 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 plus 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 plus 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C heavy cream
  • 1/4 C sour cream

Toppings for cupcakes:

  • 1/2 C melted butter
  • 1 C sugar


Cupcake Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan with liners
  • In a standing mixer beat sugar and butter until creamed
  • Add egg and mix until fully incorporated
  • Beat in vanilla extract, salt, baking soda, and baking powder
  • Combine the heavy cream into the wet mixture
  • Add in flour, a little at a time.
  • Add in the sour cream
  • Spoon batter about 1/2 full.
  • Bake in oven for about 22 minutes or until the center of the cupcake comes out clean with a toothpick.

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 3 C powdered sugar
  • 5 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp peppermint
  • 3-5 drops red food coloring
  • 1 C crushed candy canes
  • 1 piping bag fitted with a large star tip

Frosting Directions:

  • Using a standing mixer combine all ingredients except the food coloring and candy canes and mix on medium speed until combined, smooth and stiff
  • Place the piping bag into a medium cup and fold the bag over the edges
  • Split into two bowls and add red food coloring into one bowl and mix until combined
  • Using a rubber spatula scoop some red frosting onto one side of the piping bag
  • Repeat the step with the white frosting
  • Pipe frosting onto the cooled cupcakes

Royal Icing Ingredients and Directions:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 C powder sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 disposable piping bag fitted with a number 2 tip
  • Combine all ingredients into a standing mixer and mix on medium speed until stiff peaks form
  • Scoop icing into piping bag and set aside
  • Decorating Directions:
  • 12 sticks of cinnamon candy canes sticks
  • 12 green M&M’s
  • 1 container of chocolate fondant
  • 1 C of powdered sugar


  • Using royal icing, pipe a small dollop of icing onto the top of the candy cane sticks and place a green M&M on top
  • Using a cutting board, sprinkle some powdered sugar onto the cutting board
  • Using your hands knead the fondant until soft and easy to work with
  • Roll out the fondant until about 1/4 an inch thick
  • Cut 12 rectangles about 3 inches in width and 1 1/2 in length
  • Using the royal icing, pipe out North Pole onto the middle of the rectangles
  • On the top of the rectangles pipe on the snow
  • Let dry for 3 hours
  • Once the rectangles are dry, carefully flip them over and add a small dot of royal icing
  • Place the rectangle onto the center of the candy cane stick and hold for 15 seconds
  • Repeat steps with remaining rectangles
  • Enjoy!
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  1. Those are so darling! We are having a tween cookie swap party, and these will be perfect for the kiddos to share with their friends.

  2. These North Pole Christmas cupcakes are adorable. What a neat way to bring more holiday cheer into the home. I want to try to make them with the trio, hopefully, they will show interest!

  3. Tasty and very visually appealing! I know I can never pull off something as beautiful as those cupcakes of yours, but I would love to have my sister make them for me. I am saving the recipe and sending it over to her. :)