How to Make Elf Cupcakes: Elf Pet Saint Bernard

A monkey on a cupcake

OK, maybe not actual elf cupcakes, but I have a fun take on the elf pets – that lovable Saint Bernard! Its story is so sweet – thanks to the magic barrels around their necks, the Elf Pets Saint Bernard stores the Christmas cheer children create when they show love to others.

– 1 box of Triple chocolate cake mix – 3 large eggs room temp – 1/2 C of softened unsalted sweet cream butter – 1 C whole milk – 1TBSP pure vanilla extract – Black holiday cupcake liners – Cupcake pan


Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake pan with the black cupcake liners. In a medium bowl, add the cake mix, butter, milk, and vanilla extract and stir until combined. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full. Bake in the oven for about 2o minutes. Pull out the cupcakes and allow them to cool before frosting.

Make Frosting and make Chocolate Ganache per our instructions

Frost the cupcakes. Using the ganache, pipe out the brown part for the eyes.  Place two eyes onto the center of the brown for the eyes of the Saint Bernard.  Place an M&M into the center for the nose. Pipe out the mouth detail. Remove two cookies from the packages and place one on each of the cupcakes for the ears.

Make the Barrel Place the “barrel” onto the bottom center of the cupcake, on the frosting.

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