I didn't follow a recipe, just used regular yellow cake mix baked in a muffin/cupcake pan. While they were cooling, I secured the brown M&M noses to the vanilla wafers with a dab of chocolate icing (place the icing in a Ziploc bag and snip off the corner - this makes it super easy!) You could also use red M&M's for Rudolph. After the cupcakes cooled, I iced them with chocolate icing, added the vanilla wafer noses and pretzels. Then, I used white chocolate chips flipped upside down and squirted on a tiny drop of black gel icing. Easy peasy!