Christmas Reindeer

Take it from the girls at Juniper Cakery, this is the season for a little bit of cuteness! This adorable and glamorous reindeer is perfect for cupcakes and cakes full of festive cheer - get started before Christmas sneaks up on you.

By Felicity & Krystle
Juniper Cakery

  • Fondant - brown, pale brown, caramel/mustard, pale pink
  • Tylo/CMC powder
  • Edible glue
  • Cocktail sticks/uncooked spaghetti sticks
  • 5 mm ribbon
  • Black edible sugar pearls (around 4 mm in size)
  • Edible gold paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Small round piping tip
  • Medium heart shaped cookie cutter
  • Veining tool
  • Ball tool
  • Blade tool
  • Pink edible petal dust

Let's Get started:


  • For the body mix some tylo or CMC powder into your brown fondant (around 1 tsp per 250 g is a good amount). Mold the ball of brown fondant into a teardrop shape with the thinner or tapered part flattened a little. Push a cocktail stick or spaghetti stick down the center of the body.
  • Indent angled lines from the base using a blade tool to create your reindeer's legs. These should begin slim a the bottom of the body and angle outwards into a triangular shapes.


  • Roll out some cream colored fondant and cut into a heart shape with your cookie cutter. Cut off the top two curves of the heart and attach around the top half of your reindeer's body to create a tuft of fur.
  • For the head: roll out some brown fondant into a smooth ball around the same size of the body or even a tiny bit larger.
  • Roll out cream colored fondant/pale brown and cut another heart shape. With a little edible glue attach your reindeer's head. Make sure the larger or "fatter" top half of the heart covers most of the head.
  • To add antlers: roll out some "rope" like pieces of caramel/mustard colored fondant. Add a small amount of tylo to your fondant beforehand to help them set quicker and stop them from sagging. Shape each piece into rough 'F' shapes (one of them backwards) and gently skewer onto 2 cocktail stick halves or uncooked spaghetti sticks. Add a tiny amount of edible glue onto the ends of the sticks and carefully push into your little reindeer's head.


  • For the sweet little ears create a pair of teadrop shapes from your brown fondant and a smaller pair from the pale pink fondant. Layer the pink onto the brown and gently flatten a little before lightly drawing a veining tool down the centre of each and pinching the ends.
  • To attach the ears we indented tow small holes on either side of the head with a small ball tool, added edible glue into each and carefully held the ears in place until steady and secure.
  • For the facial features add an oval shaped piece of fondant onto the centre of your reindeer’s face with some edible glue and add a tiny ball of pale pink fondant to it’s middle top section for the nose! Then indent two eye sockets with a small ball tool and add in black sugar pearls for your cute little fondant reindeer’s eyes!


  • For the bow collar and bell take some thin ribbon and tie a tiny bow. Attach with a dab of edible glue and hold gently in place until set.
  • Attach the ball in place with some edible glue. Now carefully paint the bell and antlers with your edible gold paint! You can change this to silver or even rose gold or copper depending on your colour theme!


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