Archive for September, 2008

Scarecrow with pretzel hat cupcakes

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
Scarecrow cupcake with pretzel hat

Scarecrow cupcake with pretzel hat

I saw in a magazine where someone had used one of those waffle-looking pretzels as a scarecrow’s hat and just had to try it. The hair is crumbled-up shredded wheat. Great for Halloween or fall parties.

What You Need: 1 cupcake; white frosting; 1 square pretzel; spoon-size shredded wheat; 2 orange jellybeans (or M&Ms or other oval or round candy); red mini M&M or red hot or similar candy; 4 chocolate chips or 7-8 mini chocolate chips; black writing icing (optional).

How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Stick pretzel into top of cupcake for hat. Crumble up shredded wheat and place under “hat” for hair. Add jellybean eyes, red candy nose and curve of upside-down chocolate chips for mouth. Add pupils to eyes using black writing icing if you’d like.

Halloween owl cupcakes

Friday, September 26th, 2008
Halloween owl

Halloween owl

Cute yet slightly spooky, these brown owls are a “hoot” (sorry!) for Halloween parties. Just pop on a few candies and you’re done!

What You Need: 1 cupcake; chocolate frosting; 2 yellowish LifeSavers (banana, lemon or butterrum work well); 2 red hot candies (aka cinnamon imperials); candy corn (with yellow or brown ends; regular size or wide candy corn).

How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Place 2 LifeSavers for eyes and use dab of icing to stick red hot in center of each. Add candy corn nose.

Purple spider cupcakes

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
Purple spider cupcake

Purple spider cupcake

Not all spider cupcakes have to have black spiders. Purple ones are great for Halloween, too, or any occasion.

What You Need: 1 cupcake, orange frosting (we just used Pillsbury’s Halloween frosting already tinted); purple gumdrop; purple and black gel icing in tube (we used CakeMate); 2 candy eyes (optional); toothpick.

How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Use black gel in tube to “draw” three circles, one inside the other. Drag toothpick through gel, starting at the center, at several points to form web. (Wipe toothpick clean in between). Squish gumdrop a bit to make it flatter. Use gel to attach eyes and place in center of web. Use purple gel to draw legs.

Red Nosed reindeer cupcakes

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
Christmas reindeer cupcake

Christmas reindeer cupcake

Time for Christmas cupcakes already? Yep! These easy reindeer are based on an example in a 1980s cookbook, but they’re just as cute and tasty today as they were back then. It’s the chocolate sprinkles that add the texture.

What You Need: 1 cupcake; chocolate frosting; 2 stick pretzels; 1 red sourball; 1 blue mini M&Ms; chocolate sprinkles.

How to Make It: Frost cupcake. sprinkle with chocolate jimmies. Add red sourball nose and blue M&M eyes. Stick in pretzels for antlers.

Teardrop flower cupcakes

Monday, September 15th, 2008
Flower cupcake with teardrop petals

Flower cupcake with teardrop petals

The easiest cupcakes are probably those where all you have to do is arrange candy or other toppings on your cupcake. These flower cupcakes are simple enough for little kids, and there are plenty of variations for the center, petals and leaves; just use your imagination.

What You Need: 1 cupcake; frosting (any color, really); teardrop-shaped sweet/sour candies or other candies; Junior Mint or other round candy; green fruit lace or strip of fruit leather, or just use writing icing.

How to Make It: Place Junior Mint in center of cupcake and surround with candies to form petals. Add candy leaves and fruit lace stem.

Vote Election cupcakes

Saturday, September 13th, 2008
Election cupcake with flag

Election cupcake with flag

The U.S. presidential race is heating up, but you can cool tempers with a nice batch of cupcakes urging people to get out and vote. Also suitable for class elections, local primaries and so on. Remember, everyone loves cupcakes–they’re nonpartisan.

What You Need: 1 cupcake; white icing; red gel writing icing; premade American flag cake decoration (such as by Cake Mate or Wilton).

How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Use writing gel to write “VOTE” in red. Or, write a candidate’s name. (You could also use writing icing in a tube or pastry bag). Add flag decoration.

Halloween tombstone cupcakes

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
Gravestone cupcake

Gravestone cupcake

Halloween is coming, and so are the ghosts and ghouls, rising up from the graveyard to bring you … cupcakes? Turn a chocolate-covered graham cracker into a gravestone with “R.I.P,” a party guest’s name or anything else you can fit on with writing icing.

What You Need: 1 cupcake; chocolate frosting; chocolate covered graham crackers; shredded coconut tinted green with food coloring (for grass); candy rocks. (You could also include a mellowcreme pumpkin).

How to Make It: Frost cupcake generously. Holding graham cracker vertically, use white writing icing in a tube or pastry bag to write “R.I.P.” or whatever you’d like. Insert cracker in frosting. Place tinted coconut and candy rocks around tombstone.