Archive for December, 2008

Snowman pick cupcakes

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
Cupcake pick snowman

Cupcake pick snowman

Don’t take this cupcake design literally; it’s just one example of how you can use the 1M swirl technique and plastic picks to create cute cupcake figures. You can buy plastic picks for all occasions!

What You Need: 1 cupcake; white frosting; pastry bag and IM metal tip; snowman pick; 3 red mini M&Ms.

How to Make It: Follow technique linked above to make IM swirl in white. Stick pick in top. Add M&M buttons. That’s it!

Chocolate teddy bear cupcakes

Sunday, December 28th, 2008
Chocolate teddy bear cupcake

Chocolate teddy bear cupcake

These teddy bears will taste as good as they look, thanks to generous amounts of chocolate. They’d be great for a holiday party, baby shower or any time!

What You Need: 1 cupcake; chocolate frosting; 3 black M&Ms (or other candy); black writing icing; pastry bag and round metal tip #5 (or snip corner off of a plastic sandwich bag).

How to Make It: Squeeze bag with chocolate frosting to make a large dollop for bear nose and two smaller dollops for ears. Use black writing icing to “draw” mouth. Add M&Ms for eyes and nose.

Tall snowman cupcakes

Friday, December 26th, 2008
Tall snowman cupcake

Tall snowman cupcake

This snowman gets his two-tiered appearance thanks to a fruit roll scarf and his texture from shredded coconut!

What You Need: 1 cupcake; white icing; pastry bag and 1M swirl metal tip; 2 stick pretzels; red fruit roll; black candy berry or gumdrop; 2 blue mini M&Ms; 2 brown mini M&Ms; shredded coconut; knife or scissors.

How to Make It: Use pastry bag to make 1M swirl. (Instructions are on a Valentine cupcakes post.) Sprinkle with coconut. Cut thin strip of fruit roll and fold about 1/3 of the way down to create scarf for snowman’s neck. Add eyes, buttons and hat. Stick pretzel on either side of snowman’s body for arms.

Tie dye Christmas cupcakes

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008
Tie dye Christmas cupcake

Tie dye Christmas cupcake

This cupcake is a holiday variation of a technique in which a toothpick is dragged through gel icing to create a pretty, swirly appearance.

What You Need: 1 cupcake; white frosting; red and green gel writing icing; red cherry or sour ball; toothpicks.

How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Place red candy in center of cupcake. Use tube icing to “draw” a small red circle around the cupcake. Then draw a green circle around that and then another red one. Hold toothpick near innermost circle and steadily pull toward edge of cupcake. Repeat, using clean toothpick, about 7 times around cupcake.

Christmas ornament with chocolate cupcakes

Sunday, December 21st, 2008
Green ornament cupcake

Green ornament cupcake

These ornament cupcakes are fun and fast. Use your imagination and go crazy with all kinds of designs and candies.

What You Need: 1 cupcake; green frosting (I used Pillsbury in a can); chocolate frosting; pastry bag and round tip (#5 is good); mini M&Ms; bit of black licorice.

How to Make It: Frost cupcake with green. Pipe (squeeze out) a line of chocolate frosting, zigzagging back and forth a bit. Pipe round bit of chocolate near top of cupcake and stick part of a piece of licorice in it for “hanger.” Add M&Ms to middle area.

Reindeer with sprinkles cupcakes

Friday, December 19th, 2008
Reindeer sprinkles

Reindeer sprinkles

Chocolate sprinkles add texture to this reindeer cupcake.

What You Need: 1 cupcake; chocolate frosting; chocolate sprinkles; 2 stick pretzels; red-and-white candy-covered gumdrop (or red gumdrop, or cherry sour ball); red hot for tongue (some brands are a little heart-shaped, which is cute); candy eyes or mini M&Ms.

How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Add chocolate sprinkles. Place eyes, nose and mouth as shown. Stick pretzels near top for antlers.

Guest blogging at Cupcakes Take the Cake!

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

I’m excited and honored to be today’s guest blogger at Cupcakes Take the Cake! Please check out my EasyCupcakes post and all the other great cupcake news, photos, cupcake shop profiles and other amazing stuff at the cupcake blog that just celebrated its fourth birthday. Thanks so much to Rachel, Allison and Nichelle at Cupcakes Take the Cake, and welcome to new readers!