Buddy the Elf Cupcakes

I love the movie Elf and I can’t believe that this year marks 15 years since it first came to theaters. Time really does fly. These Buddy The Elf cupcakes are some of my favorite cupcakes I have ever done. I think the Christmas Spirit has just taken over me this year. I put my tree up early (Yes before Thanksgiving) I’ve been baking almost everyday and I have my Christmas shopping complete. We just need snow here in Virginia, finger’s crossed we may get some this weekend.

These Cupcakes are very easy and lots of fun to make and would be perfect for any holiday party. The cupcakes are maple, because we know Buddy loves maple syrup. The spaghetti is actually buttercream icing with some sprinkles and Buddies hat is also buttercream with a thin slice of yellow fondant and an m&m for the feather.

I know you’re going to have lots of fun making these and they will be the hit of any party you go to or if you just make them and serve them to your family at home. You’ll definitely be #1 no matter what.

I would love to see your pictures if you make them please send them to me at masilovesblog@gmail.com

Buddy The Elf Cupcakes

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cupcakes
Author Jennifer Grooms


For the cupcakes:

  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 tbsps maple or table syrup
  • 5 tbsp milk

For the Buttercream & Décor

  • 1.5 sticks butter softened
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
  • Green gel food coloring
  • Sprinkles
  • Wilton icing tip #233
  • Brown gel food coloring
  • Wilton icing tip #21
  • 1-2 oz. yellow fondant
  • 12 red M&Ms


To make the cupcakes:

  1. Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat together eggs and sugar on medium speed. Add softened butter and continue mixing until creamy.
  4. Add maple syrup and milk and mix. Slowly add the dry ingredients (in thirds) and continue mixing until well-combined.
  5. Pour batter into muffin sections, about ¼ cup worth of batter should go into each section. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until cupcakes pass the toothpick test. Dry on a wire rack before decorating.

To decorate:

  1. In a bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter, confectioners’ sugar and milk on slow. Gradually increase speed to high.
  2. Take 1/3 of the buttercream and scoop into a small bowl. Add ¼ tsp of green gel food coloring and mix.
  3. Add a small drop of brown food coloring into the remainder of the buttercream and mix until tinted.
  4. Using a frosting bag and Wilton tip #233, frost each cupcake with your light brown buttercream. This will act as Buddy’s pasta. Add sprinkles on top.
  5. Using a frosting bag and Wilton tip #21, frost each cupcake with your green buttercream – you’ll want to frost out a small swirl in the center of the cupcake. These represent Buddy’s hat.
  6. Roll out your yellow fondant so that it’s about ¼ of an inch thick. Cut out 12 strips, about 3 inches in length and ¼ of an inch wide. 
  7. Wrap around each green buttercream swirl. Add M&M on the side. Serve and enjoy!

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