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Buddy the Elf Cupcakes

Buddy the Elf inspired funfetti cupcakes on a yellow table with silver garland.

Buddy the Elf Cupcakes

Christmas is my absolute favourite holiday. It’s a wrap-up of a long year and a chance to wind down with your loved ones.

Like everyone, we have our traditions. One of ours is to watch Elf and bake together.

Inspired, I decided, why not bring our favourite Christmas movie to life with funfetti Buddy the Elf cupcakes?

I’ll be honest. I will watch Elf a couple of times a year. It’s just such a heartwarming story. Plus, I absolutely adore Will Farell.

He just makes me feel good and makes me laugh. No matter how many times I see him going up the escalator, saying, ‘I’m a cotton-headed ninny muggins,’ and packing spaghetti with syrup in plastic bags makes cracks me up.

If Elf is one of your holiday traditions, or you just want to make people crack up when you bring these to one of many holiday events, this is for you.

If you like this easy Buddy the Elf cupcakes recipe, you’ll love my easy no-bake Santa Belt Chocolate Oreos.

Read on for the step-by-step instructions for these adorable Buddy the Elf-inspired cupcakes!

Funfetti cupcakes, a stick of butter, fondant, M&M's, and food colouring are shown.

Things You’ll Need:

Add buttercream to top of cupcake.
Funfetti with a dollop of buttercream icing on top.

Step 1:

Prepare the Funfetti cupcakes according to the mix’s directions. Most cake box mixes will yield 24 cupcakes.

Allow cooling before decorating.

Using an electric mixer, beat together butter, confectioners’ sugar, and milk. These ingredients will make up your buttercream frosting.

Once the ingredients start mixing smoothly, add yellow gel food coloring. Continue mixing until tinted.

Place yellow buttercream in a piping bag and frost a dollop of buttercream in the center of each cupcake. Set your piping bag aside.

Tint your white fondant with green gel food coloring and knead. You may want to put cornstarch on your fingers to keep it from sticking.

Green fondant rolled into balls alongside iced funfetti cupcakes.

Step 2:

Tint your white fondant with green gel food coloring and knead. You may want to put cornstarch on your fingers to keep it from sticking.

Green fondant being shaped into elf hats.
Green fondant shaped into elf hats.

Step 3:

Roll 24 fondant spheres, about 1 ½ inch in size. Once the spheres are formed, start shaping them into ELF hats.

To do so, flatten each sphere slightly than give it a point at one end.

Curve the point to give it the illusion that the hat is ‘flopping over.’ Then, flatten the bottom and give it a triangular shape.

Funfetti cupcakes with a toothpick placed in the middle of buttercream to hold fondant elf hat.

Step 4:

Insert one toothpick in each cupcake, with about ½ an inch of it exposed. Then, insert your fondant hat through each toothpick.

Elf hat with added yellow buttercream stripe and "feather" made with a green M&M.

Step 5:

Frost a line throughout the circumference of each hat with your yellow buttercream. Insert one green M&M on the side of the hat. Serve and enjoy!

Buddy the Elf Inspired Cupcakes
Yield: 24

Buddy the Elf Inspired Cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Cooling Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Delicious Funfetti cupcakes, topped with Buddy's elf hat. Fun, delicious, and you definitely won't be a cotton headed ninny muggins if you bring these to your events. 

Ingredients

  • Funfetti cake mix , + ingredients to make cupcakes (box or scratch)
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2-3 tsp milk
  • 1 tsp yellow gel food coloring
  • 6-7 oz white fondant
  • 1 tsp green gel food coloring
  • Cornstarch , for rolling
  • 24 toothpicks
  • 24 green M&Ms

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Funfetti cupcakes according to the mix’s directions. Most cake box mixes will yield 24 cupcakes. Allow to cool before decorating.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat together butter, confectioners’ sugar, and milk. These ingredients will make up your buttercream frosting. Once the ingredients start mixing smoothly, add yellow gel food coloring. Continue mixing until tinted.
  3. Place yellow buttercream in a piping bag and frost a dollop of buttercream in the center of each cupcake. Set your piping bag aside.
  4. Tint your white fondant with green gel food coloring and knead. You may want to put cornstarch on your fingers to keep it from sticking.
  5. Roll 24 fondant spheres, about 1 ½ inches in size. Once the spheres are formed, start shaping them into ELF hats. To do so, flatten each sphere slightly then give it a point at one end. Curve the point to give it the illusion that the hat is ‘flopping over.’ Flatten the bottom and give it a triangular shape.
  6. Insert one toothpick in each cupcake, with about ½ an inch of it exposed. Insert your fondant hat through each toothpick.
  7. Frost a line throughout the circumference of each hat with your yellow buttercream. Insert one green M&M on the side of the hat. Serve and enjoy!

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Final product with 5 Buddy the Elf cupcakes shown against a yellow and white background and silver bead garland.

Smiling is My Favourite

These cupcakes are sure to make anyone smile, and that is kind of the point when Christmas baking.

Am I right?

Don’t forget, if you like this easy Buddy the Elf cupcakes recipe, you’ll love my easy no-bake Santa Belt Chocolate Oreos.

Just in case you might want to make some Christmas crafts while enjoying these cupcakes, check out our Gingerbread Man Christmas Ornament, our Unicorn Christmas Ornament, and Santa S’mores Christmas Ornament.

So, put on Elf or some Christmas carols and get to baking!

What is your favourite Christmas movie?

Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!

The name Nancy is shown as a signature.

PIN FOR LATER:

Christmas is my absolute favourite holiday. It's a wrap-up of a long year and a chance to wind down with your loved ones. Like everyone, we have our traditions. One of ours is to watch Elf and bake together. Inspired, I decided, why not bring our favourite Christmas movie to life with funfetti Buddy the Elf cupcakes? Get the step-by-step guide here! #Elf #ElfTheMovie #ChristmasCupcakes #BuddyTheElf
Christmas is my absolute favourite holiday. It's a wrap-up of a long year and a chance to wind down with your loved ones. Like everyone, we have our traditions. One of ours is to watch Elf and bake together. Inspired, I decided, why not bring our favourite Christmas movie to life with funfetti Buddy the Elf cupcakes? Get the step-by-step guide here! #Elf #ElfTheMovie #ChristmasCupcakes #BuddyTheElf

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46 Comments

  1. these are totally adorable!! what a clever idea. never seen cupcakes done like this before and who doesnt love buddy the elf

  2. These are too cute! My grandkids would love helping me make these during the holiday season. Then we’d have to watch the movie, of course.

  3. Elf is my all-time favorite Christmas movie. I watch it every year with my family and we love it. This would be a fun project to do before we watch the movie.

  4. These are adorable. I needed something like this for an upcoming event I needed to bring cupcakes to. Thanks for the recipe. Pinning for later.

  5. What a fun idea! I’ll have to make these with my kids one day. We always enjoy watching Elf over the holidays.

  6. We love cupcakes. These Buddy-the-elf cupcakes look so cute and colourful. Would hesitate to eat them as they look so pretty. I am sure they taste even better.

  7. My kid loves decorating cupcakes. We were looking for more ideas and I am so glad to try yours! They look fabulous!

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