Christmas Cupcakes and Giveaway

Celebrate the holidays with festive Red Velvet Cupcakes with fondant toppers and sugared cranberries. Easy to make at home. from #dietersdownfall.comRed Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting topped with Marshmallow Fondant and Sugared Cranberries

Oh! I loved these cupcakes! Aren’t they just so elegant??

I thought they were and my Thanksgiving dinner guests thought so too!

That’s right! I made cupcakes for Thanksgiving dessert. No pie. I just could not bring myself to make a dessert that I couldn’t photograph. The final dress up and photo shoot was done at noon on Thanksgiving when I really should have been cleaning… oh well! It all got taken cake of.

Sugared Cranberries on top of homemade Marshmallow Fondant. Easy to make, delicious to make - impress your guests this holiday season. from #dietersdownfall.comI hope you love cupcakes just as much because I’m giving away some of My Favorite Cupcake Supplies Giveaway!

Enter to Win My Favorite Cupcake SuppliesI’ve got some Duff Brand Fondant, Gumpaste, Frosting, Cake Decorations, a Wilton Cupcake Pan, and 12 cupcake decoration liners from Bella Cupcake Couture.

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Christmas Cupcakes and Giveaway

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Christmas Cupcakes and Giveaway

Beautiful Red Velvet Cupcakes will be the hit of the dinner party!


    For the Red Velvet Cupcakes
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) red food coloring
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For the Frosting
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Sugar Crystals, optional
  • Fondant Circles
  • sugared Cranberries


    Bake the Cupcakes
  • Begin by preheating the oven to 350. Place liners into the cupcake pan.
  • Beat eggs with whisk attachment for 5 minutes.
  • Slowly add oil and sugar, beating well then add buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla, and red food coloring.
  • Switch to the paddle attachment and add dry ingredients, beating until combined.
  • Using an ice cream scoop, measure the batter into the cupcake liners.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Set aside and cool.
  • Prepare your frosting.
  • Combine all ingredients until desired consistency is reached. Put in a pipping bag fitted with a Wilton 1M tip. Frost the cupcakes and decorate with some white sugar sprinklies Set aside.
  • Prepare the fondant topping.
  • Take your 2" fondant circle and add a touch of corn syrup. Attach 3 sugared cranberries and a leaf. Place the fondant circle on top of frosting.


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  1. I will make chocolate coffee ice cream cupcakes with my supplies! Thanks.

  2. Chocolate!

  3. Emily Wells says:

    I’d use the mixer to make chocolate cupcakes!!

  4. jeani robinson says:

    chocolate mayonnaise cupcakes with whipped cream frosting! yum

  5. Heather McCormick says:

    I would make the Red Velvet Cupcakes, yummo!

  6. Samantha Parsons says:


  7. Samantha Parsons says:

    Too many choices on flavors, probably chocolate first

  8. Carrie King says:

    I would make endless sugar cookies. Baking is my passion!!

  9. Sarah Nelson says:

    Red velvet my girls love them

  10. LisaMarie Jenssen says:

    I would make a chocolate cheesecake cupcake, I love those! Yum. Thanks for the cool giveaway!

  11. I would make chocolate cupcakes!

  12. red velvet or chocolate!

  13. Love it!!

  14. David Bell says:


  15. Ruth Quintana says:

    i would make all kinds of cupcakes, but i really wanna try red velvet…..and also cake pops, I’ve made them once and they didn’t come out too goos, maybe with new supplies they would :) wink wink

  16. Red velvet!!

  17. Probably these Red Velvet ones! They are gorgeous!

  18. Just so many new and exciting recipes to experiment with….

  19. Red Velvet Cupcakes

  20. hot chocolate!

  21. Strawberry cupcakes with a creamy chocolate filling, and strawberry cream for a topping

  22. look at these cupcakes.
    just LOOK at them!
    they are found in the dictionary under “heavenly gorgeous cupcakes”!!!
    simply beeeeeeUUUUUUUteeeeefulll!!!!
    THANK YOU Karyn for putting this whole giveaway together! i know i thanked you already but i can’t help myself :>D

  23. Actually – I can’t wait to try this recipe! So I will definitely make the red velvet ones first! Such a cute idea to put the sugared cranberries on top!! Love it!

  24. Your recipe for Red Velvet!

  25. Plain ol’ yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting :)

  26. I would make chocolate cupcakes with a peanut butter buttercream icing

  27. Gluten free goodies!

  28. Christy Montgomery says:

    Holy canola those cupcakes look good!! I’m going to make my sweet potato cupcakes with coconut pecan frosting!

  29. Brandi Davis Bryant says:

    I would try these wonderful looking red velvet cupcakes if I won the cupcake supplies pack. Then I would try some caramel ones. Thanks for these great giveaways. Good luck everyone.

  30. Brandi Davis Bryant says:

    If I won the mixer I would make cupcakes first. Then I would make cookies,brownies, and other goodies. I don’t have instagram. I noticed all of these recipes are influencing what I am craving or drooling for at the time. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. Good luck everyone.

  31. chocolate!

  32. jas lewis says:


  33. I saw on a blog for Chocolate Peppermint cupcakes. I told my husband about them and now he wants me to make those for him. :)

  34. I’d make fresh strawberry cupcakes

  35. I’ll be making dark chocolate with mint frosting.

  36. Lily (maykaileiacakepops) says:

    I would love to win this mixer because I would like to try different flavor of up cakes and Cakepops without using my hand mixer lol

  37. I’d make chocolate cupcakes because that is my hubby’s favorite. These Christmas cupcakes of yours are beautiful! Thanks for offering the chance to win.

  38. Kim Lechner says:

    Those red velvet cupcakes look so elegant. I would have to stick to something easy like chocolate for cupcakes though

  39. I’d make my famous Red-Velvet Cookies with this mixer! Happy holidays :)

  40. I’d love to make those cupcakes, Karen. Those sugared cranberries look SO good!

  41. I’m thinking a chocolate peanut butter. Yum

  42. Ericka G. Perez-Bermudez says:

    I’ve never made red velvet cupcakes, so why not take advantage of your awesome recipe plus the new supplies and give it a try!!!

  43. I have been wanting to try a Salted Caramel recipe I found!

  44. Tia Jackson says:

    you make the best desserts, would love to have one of these mixers, thanks for the chance!

  45. I’d make egg nog cupcakes for Christmas! Your cupcakes are so beautiful!

  46. Peppermint mocha

  47. I would try these wonderful looking red velvet cupcakes if I won the cupcake supplies pack. Then I would try some lemon curd ones. Thanks for these great giveaways. Good luck everyone.

  48. Need to find the time to learn how to make MMF. You guys giving away a xtra time in a day by any chance? LOL… thanks!

  49. Awesome!

  50. What beautiful cupcakes you’ve made! I love sugared fruit. I’d make Vanilla Chai cupcakes with a spice cream cheese icing. :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  51. Lemon with cream cheese frosting and blueberries.

  52. Heather K Miller says:

    Something with chocolate for sure would be first on my list, since that is the only kind of cupcake my husband likes (strange, I know)!

  53. Jada Ramsauer says:

    I will make Vanilla bean cupcakes

  54. vanilla!!

  55. Apple cupcakes! :)

  56. gail lucero says:

    Red velvet

  57. I would make red velvet with cream cheese frosting. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  58. I’ll be saving this recipe to try!

  59. Some kind of chocolate cupcake, but I’m sure they won’t be as gorgeous as yours. Those are amazing Karyn!!

  60. Michelelynne says:

    Lemon cupcakes are my favorite!

  61. Monique Montes says:

    anything and everything! Baking is my life! :)

  62. Monique Montes says:

    I will make a chocolate Grand Marnier infused cupcake with tiny Grand Marnier liquor shooters inserted in them- OH YUM! :)

  63. Barbara Bradford says:

    I’m a chocolate kind of girl… so I would make chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting, maybe some chocolate fudge filling… oh and a few chocolate sprinkles on top !!

  64. Chocolate with cream cheese frosting! I can never get enough of that combination…unless there’s cherries involved! :)

  65. Maggie May says:

    This looooookkkkkksssss Amazing!! gotta try it… Thanks Living Locurto for hooking me up with dieters downfall!!!! Can’t wait to try it out!!

  66. a giant batch of pumpkin cupcakes mmm mmm mmm

  67. I would make these yummy red velvet cupcakes. They look delicious!

  68. The first thing I would make would definitely be brownies.

  69. Nutella cupcakes!

  70. I like yellow cupcake with chocolate frosting.

  71. Thank you so much for linking up to The Weekend re-Treat Link Party this week on The Best Blog Recipes! Wanted to stop by and “Pin” your post to our Link Party Boards (Recipes or Crafts) while I was here ! AND… I am on my way to enter to win right now! I would love a mixer since I don’t have one and I would probably go crazy baking, lol!

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  72. Your red velvet ones look wonderful so I think I will make them.

  73. I make the red velvet cupcakes with the cupcake supplies and kitchen aide ;)

  74. Making Holiday cookies with that mixer would be such a breeze compared to the 1950′s era hand mixer I use now.

  75. Gracious! Those cupcakes look amazing!!!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a new mixer but honestly, reading your blog is a great prize I get every day!


  76. Susan Nienhuis says:

    I’d make carrot cake cupcakes! Merry Christmas!

  77. I will make chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting.

  78. Brandi G. says:


  79. Charlene P says:

    Happy Holidays! I will be making Chocolate Peanut Butter cupcakes. They are my son’s favorite. Thanks for the giveaway.

  80. I love (and wrote about) Ina Garten’s Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and I cannot get over how wonderful the cupcakes are! They are always a must around the holidays, so I plan on making those next. I can’t wait!

  81. Pumokin Spice!

  82. Without a doubt, Red Velvet

  83. Snicker doodle cupcakes are delicious and perfect this time of year. All of the supplies will make beautiful cupcakes for the holidays.

  84. I’d make a German Chocolate cake.

  85. JenniferB says:

    german chocolate cake from scratch

  86. I would make rainbow cupcakes that are vanilla flavored.

  87. Karyn, these cupcake are simply stunning! Red Velvet is my daughter’s favorite and lemon is mine! Thanks for sharing and the giveaway! Have a merry and happy weekend – oh and pinning! :)

  88. Elizabeth G. says:

    I’ll make chocolate cupcakes.

  89. Elizabeth G. says:

    I’ll make chocolate chip cookies with the mixer.

  90. Red velvet cupcakes

  91. peppermint chocolate cupcakes!

  92. Pauline Gudas says:

    I want to make red velvet cupcakes

  93. Red Velvet Cupcakes!

  94. I’d make chocolate cupcakes!

  95. We will make christmas goodies as a family!

  96. sonya hall says:

    I think I would try German Chocolate cupcakes!!

  97. your red velvet cupcakes look so beautiful, I’d love to make them

  98. Susan Barlow says:

    I’m going to try the Red Velvet you posted…looks too good NOT to try!

  99. I would make peppermint mocha cupcakes

  100. Chocolate cupcakes. Always. I would love to do the beautiful topping you did here, though. Just love it! So sweet & elegant!

  101. Red Velvet..!!

  102. I will certainly be making red velvet cupcakes.. my son’s birthday is this month and red velvet is his favorite!

  103. Wow, those are awesome looking. Truly beautiful!

  104. I would make chocolate cupcakes

  105. Mai Drummond says:

    I think I’ll make chocolate cupcakes with mocha frosting.

  106. Hakima Lamour says:

    I want to make Bourbon Butter Pecan Cupcakes :)

  107. Red velvet, I love chocolate

  108. With a new KitchenAid Professional Mixer, I think I’d start with bread

  109. Double chocolate cupcakes

  110. I will definitely be making your red velvet cupcake recipe if I win!

  111. Vanilla, a classic and my favorite

  112. Tami Vollenweider says:

    I’d make Lemon Cupcakes

  113. I would start with something basic, like chocolate.

  114. cherry chip with cherry icing my favorite!

  115. What flavor of Cupcakes will I make with your supplies Carrot!

  116. Katrina J says:

    I would make gingerbread cupcakes I’ve been wanting to try

  117. Katrina J says:

    If I wont the mixer I would love to make Paula Deens triple layer banana pecan cake!

  118. chocolate Guiness Stout with Baily’s Irish Cream frosting topped with your holly berry idea sooo yummy!

  119. Mmm that’s a hard question, because there’s so many recipes I’ve been dying to try, but if I had to choose my first would be a Caramel cupcake with butter rum frosting.

  120. Red velvet cupcakes

  121. I would make bread! And cookies.

  122. I would make vanilla cupcakes; my favorite. Decorating is always the best part.

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  123. Vanilla latte

  124. pumpkin spice cupcakes

  125. Leah Blackwell says:

    I will try your red velvet!

  126. I will make tiramisu cupcakes! Yum!

  127. Popistry By Sabrina says:

    I’ll surely be making red velvet..Popistry client fav. Gonna try your recipe. Glad I found you, you got some cool stuff and mad skills! Thanks

  128. sweet potato with cinnamon cream cheese frosting

  129. I would make carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!

  130. I love to make gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

  131. I’d make spiced apple cider cupcakes!

  132. I would make vanilla malt cupcakes.

  133. I will make dozens upon dozens of cupcakes from Chocolate, Vanilla, Red Velvet, Oreo etc… I really am going to experiment with flavors just to have fun

  134. I’d make Vanilla with peppermint frosting, to start.

  135. I’m a huge fan of vanilla cupcakes, so if I win, that’s what I’ll make.

  136. Nikki Campbell says:

    Coconut Cupcakes topped with Swiss meringue topped with toasted coconut flakes. That is a good cupcake :)

  137. Angela Harrison says:

    I make chocolate on chocolate.

  138. I would make Chai Latte Cupcakes

  139. I hope to be able to make bread in this new mixer!

  140. Would love to win.

  141. I would make something chocolate and caramel with a cream cheese frosting.

  142. I’d make red velvet

  143. Carol Peters says:

    I will make chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream frosting.

  144. Carol Peters says:

    I will attempt to make bread for the first time with the Pro KitchenAid.

  145. I would make confetti cupcakes.

  146. Nothing beats a Kitchen Aid mixer. Would love to win this one so I can try all the cool recipes on your site that would be so much easier with a Kitchen Aid!

  147. Suranna Michael says:

    Red velvet of course to try the above recipe. Yum

  148. LOVE THIS! Thanks for coordinating all of these sites that I may not have visited before! Your red velvet cupcakes look devine and I will definitely have to give them a shot. (No guarantees that mine will look as good as yours though!)

  149. I would make my favorite red velvet.

  150. mint chocolate chip

  151. i’d make chocolate cupcakes!

  152. Heather Esposito says:

    Red velvet cupcakes would have to be my favorite flavor to make.

  153. Dee Rivera says:

    I want to winnnn

  154. I would make Snickerdoodle cupcakes!! : )

  155. I am such a cupcake diva…I love your stuff!

  156. I’d make PB&J cupcakes!

  157. Cindi Jones says:

    I would make pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon frosting. :)

  158. I would make your red velvet! They are my favorite and yours are BEAUTIFUL

  159. I will make chocolate

  160. Michelle Bowers says:

    I would make some chocolate Guinness cupcakes

  161. I have never tried the red velvet cake but these look awesome

  162. I would make cocoa cupcakes… my kids found a recipe and they have been begging me to make them… seems like we would ALL win in this case! :)

    Thanks for the chance to win such an awesome giveaway and I LOVE your blog!

  163. wow they look gorgeous..

  164. Michele Rodocker says:

    Chocolate! Then some red velvet!

  165. Ashley Outland says:

    Vanilla! My favorite!

  166. I would make s’mores cupcakes!

  167. Your Red velvet! They are my favorite!

  168. Chocolate cupcakes!

  169. oreo cheesecake cupcakes or any cheesecake cupcakes

  170. Katydoescookies says:

    I would make expresso cupcakes!!! –Katy

  171. I would make some chocolate cupcakes

  172. christina p says:

    I would make my favorite devil’s chocolate cupcakes.

  173. I’d make vanilla cupcakes, they are a hit here at home

  174. I am going to try this recipe for the cupcakes with sugared cranberries .. they look fantastic!!

  175. Can’t miss with a chocolate cupcake.

  176. I would make carrot cake! Yum.

  177. jehmie durham says:

    I would probably make vanilla cupcakes. Love me some basics :)

  178. jehmie durham says:

    This time of year I would be making some cookies with the KitchenAid professional mixer if I was to win!

  179. Red Velvet! These are amazing! Sharing on my Facebook page!

  180. Would make pumpkin spice

  181. Hubby’s fav is red velvet. I swear he could smell these through the screen as soon as I clicked on the post he was like “Hmmm what are those? O.O”

  182. I’ll probably do some kind of chocolate cupcake. I’ve heard great things about Duff’s fondant, but haven’t bought any yet, as I don’t use fondant often. Would be fun to try.

  183. I would make Espresso Mocha Cupcake.

  184. Ang Madsen-Gilchrist says:

    Chocolate coffee ice cream cupcakes? Sounds like heaven :)

  185. Yum

  186. Cindi Jones says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Your cupcakes are beautiful! I would make pumpkin cupcakes. ;)

  187. I,m not here for the giveaway, just to tell you that these cupcakes look amazingly beautiful!

  188. Just wanted to say that I love your photos on this post! Gorgeous!

  189. Banana or chocolate cupcakes, or maybe both ;)
    Thank you for giveaway!

  190. My niece would probably make chocolate :)

  191. Lindy Rider says:

    In the process of baking a few of these! Will let you know how they come out!

  192. Juanita A May says:

    Lemon cupcakes with lemon curd filling and vanilla frosting

  193. I will make Cocao Nib Vanilla cupcakes

  194. Donna Rupinski says:


  195. chocolate chilli cupcakes

  196. Marshmallow filled Chocolate with Chocolate frosting

  197. Apple cider cupcakes

  198. I would make chocolate cupcakes.

  199. These look so yummy and pretty!

  200. I would use the cupcake supplies to make peanut butter cupcakes..thank you :)

  201. Cupcakes! Probably red velvet, my husband and son’s favorite!

  202. I would make red velvet with a white chocolate cheesecake middle :)

  203. I think I would make Reeses cupcakes. Or rhubarb. Or…lemon.

  204. I love red velvet!!

  205. German Chocolate, which I’m now craving!!!!

  206. I would make red velvet!

  207. I would make cookies or cupcakes.

  208. Judi Welke says:


  209. Such pretty cupcakes! I would make these for sure :)

  210. I would make everything! Cakes, pies, casseroles

  211. Red Velvet cupcakes

  212. I’m loving Eggnog cupcakes this season.

  213. Susan Berry says:

    Red Velvet Cupcakes are my favorite!

  214. Red velvet cupcakes sound awesome

  215. Peach cupcakes

  216. Lisa Thompson says:

    I would make chocolate cupcakes with a Mocha filling and icing


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