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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 10 IDEAS FOR CUPCAKES!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

10 IDEAS FOR CUPCAKES!

   Batter up! When it’s your turn to bring dessert, hit a home run with one of these easy, adorable treats.

PB-and-jam session cupcake

PB-and-Jam Session

Total time: 1 hour, 25 minutes | Makes 12

For the cupcakes and frosting: Use 1 batch of Easy Yellow Cupcakes and 1 batch of Easy Cream Cheese Frosting. Make as directed. Mix ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter into the frosting.

To decorate: Frost the cupcakes and top each with 1 teaspoon raspberry jam and 1 teaspoon chopped roasted peanuts.

Take a Bow Cupcake

Take a Bow

Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes | Makes 12

For the cupcakes and frosting: Use 1 batch of Easy Yellow Cupcakes and 1 batch of Easy Cream Cheese Frosting. Make as directed.

To decorate: Frost the cupcakes and top each with a “bow” formed from a strip of gummy tape (cut and assembled using dabs of frosting to stick the pieces together, as necessary).                       
Lemon wedge cupcake

Lemony Lick-It

Total time: 1 hour, 25 minutes | Makes 12

For the cupcakes and frosting: Use 1 batch of Easy Yellow Cupcakes and 1 batch of Easy Cream Cheese Frosting. Make as directed. Mix ¼ cup lemon curd into the frosting.

To decorate: Create a cavity by cutting a cone-shaped piece out of the top of each cupcake. Fill each cupcake with 1 teaspoon lemon curd; replace the pieces. Frost the cupcakes and top each with half of a lemon-slice candy.


Cotton candy cupcake

Sticky Fingers

Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes | Makes 12

For the cupcakes and frosting: Use 1 batch of Easy Yellow Cupcakes and 1 batch of Easy Cream Cheese Frosting. Make as directed.

To decorate: Frost the cupcakes and top each with pieces of store-bought cotton candy.

Heart cupcake

Eat Your Heart Out

Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes | Makes 12

For the cupcakes and frosting: Use 1 batch of Easy Yellow Cupcakes and 1 batch of Easy Cream Cheese Frosting. Make as directed.

To decorate: Frost the cupcakes and top each with a heart cut out of raspberry or strawberry fruit leather (use kitchen shears).

Chocolate cupcake

Whole Lotta Chocolate

Total time: 1 hour, 25 minutes | Makes 12

For the cupcakes and frosting: Use 1 batch of Easy Yellow Cupcakes and 1 batch of Easy Cream Cheese Frosting. Make as directed. Mix 4 ounces melted and cooled semisweet chocolate into the frosting.

To decorate: Frost the cupcakes and, dividing evenly, sprinkle with 1 cup chopped malted milk balls and ¾ cup chopped store-bought brownie.

Candy corn sunflower cupcake

Sunflower Power

Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes | Makes 12

For the cupcakes and frosting: Use 1 batch of Easy Yellow Cupcakes and 1 batch of Easy Cream Cheese Frosting. Make as directed.

To decorate: Frost the cupcakes and top each with 1 round chocolate-covered candy (for the center) and 7 pieces of candy corn (for the petals).

Firecracker cupcake

The Firecracker

Total time: 1 hour, 25 minutes | Makes 12

For the cupcakes and frosting: Use 1 batch of Easy Yellow Cupcakes and 1 batch of Easy Cream Cheese Frosting. Make as directed.

To decorate: Frost the cupcakes and top each with one 1-inch piece red licorice twist (for the firecracker stick), one 1-inch piece black shoelace licorice (for the fuse), and ½ teaspoon Pop Rocks candy (for the sparks).

S'more cupcake
Would You Like S’more?

Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes | Makes 12

For the cupcakes and frosting: Use 1 batch of Easy Yellow Cupcakes and 1 batch of Easy Cream Cheese Frosting. Make as directed.

To decorate: Frost the cupcakes and, dividing evenly, sprinkle with 2 crumbled graham crackers, ¾ cup miniature marshmallows, and ¼ cup miniature chocolate chips.

Mouse cupcake

All (Mouse) Ears

Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes | Makes 12

For the cupcakes and frosting: Use 1 batch of Easy Yellow Cupcakes and 1 batch of Easy Cream Cheese Frosting. Make as directed.

To decorate: Frost the cupcakes. Top each with 1 halved marshmallow (cut-side up) sprinkled with pink decorating sugar (for the ears), 2 miniature chocolate chips (for the eyes), 1 peanut butter chip (for the nose), and 6 chocolate sprinkles (for the whiskers).

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