Prepare a 12-hole muffin pan by lightly greasing and lining with patty pans.
Sift all dry cupcake ingredients into a mixing bowl.
Make a well in the middle of the bowl and add remaining cake ingredients.
Beat on low speed with an electric mixer for 4 minutes.
Distribute cupcake mixture evenly into the patty pans and cook in oven for 15-18 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Set aside to cool.
To make the chocolate frosting, beat butter with an electric mixer. Add 2 cups icing sugar, milk and half the cocoa powder and beat well. Add more icing sugar if needed to reach your desired consistency.
Take half the mixture and place in a separate bowl and set aside for later.
Add remaining cocoa powder to the frosting mixture and blend well to combine.
To assemble cupcakes, coat the top of each cupcake with dark frosting. Then add a circle of the light frosting for the reindeer’s muzzle.
Stick a red M&M or Jaffa on for Rudolph’s nose and insert pretzels for antlers.