North Pole Cupcakes

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4.50 from 2 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes

These North Pole Cupcakes are a fun Christmas treat.  I served them at an annual Polar Express party that we go to every year.

North Pole Cupcakes on a white napkin.

Every year, my girlfriends and I host fun, themed holiday parties to get our kids in the Christmas spirit.  I host the Elf on the Shelf party and my friend, Jill, hosts a Polar Express party. The kids always have a blast.

Everyone comes in their jammies to watch The Polar Express (one of our favorite Christmas movies).  The popcorn machine was fired up and everyone settled in front of the TV to watch.

We all got authentic Polar Express tickets and hole punchers to create our own messages and each kid got their own bell (to show that they believe).

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We also had all kinds of Polar Express themed treats, like train-shaped pizza, hot chocolate (of course!), cotton candy snowballs, and these cute North Pole Cupcakes that I made.

North Pole Cupcakes on a white napkin.

These cupcakes were so easy to put together and turned out super cute!  Does dontcha think?!?  They would be perfect to send to school or the office for a holiday party.  You can even cheat and use store bought cupcakes…I won’t tell!

I also love to make these easy Christmas Tree Cupcakes, too!

North Pole Cupcakes - these easy cupcakes are a fun Christmas treat
4.50 from 2 votes

North Pole Cupcakes

Yield: 12 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
These North Pole Cupcakes are a fun Christmas treat. 
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  • 12 cupcakes with white frosting
  • Clear sanding sugar
  • 12 candy canes
  • 12 M red &Ms
  • Red and white craft paper for signs
  • Extra frosting to use as "glue"


  • Cover the frosting with a thin layer of sanding sugar.
  • Break off 4-5 inches of the bottom of the candy cane.
  • Insert the broken end of the candy cane into the cupcake so that 4 inches is sticking out of the cupcake.
  • Place a small amount of frosting on each M&M and stick it to the end of the candy cane
  • To make "North Pole" signs, cut small rectangles from red craft paper.
  • Cut slightly smaller rectangles from white craft paper.
  • Affix white paper to red paper using non-toxic glue (I used an Elmer's glue stick).
  • Write "North Pole" using a permanent red marker.
  • Affix North Pole sign to candy cane using a small amount of frosting.

Expert Tips

You can use the left over candy cane pieces to make Peppermint Chex Mix.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 709kcal | Carbohydrates: 106g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 88g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 172mg | Iron: 1.9mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, cupcake

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