Featured Cupcakes......A Sweet Selection

Top Row: Presents Cupcake,Tiered Almond Cupcake, Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
Bottom Row: Crystal Flower Cupcake, Coffee Cupcake

Presents Cupcakes

You will need:

Choose Birthday boy or girl’s
favorite cupcakes recipe,
Vanilla Frosting recipe, doubled
Food coloring
Candy dots
8” × 8” or 9” × 9” cake pan

1. Bake half of the cupcake batter in cupcake liners and the other half in a square cake pan. Cool.

2. Cut the square cake into squares slightly smaller than your cupcakes. Cut the same number of squares as you have cupcakes.

3. Double the recipe for the frosting and prepare. Divide the frosting into two bowls. Make each batch the birthday boy or girl’s favorite colors with food coloring.

4. Frost the round cupcakes one color frosting. Sprinkle with colored sugar.

5. Place the square cake on top of the frosted cupcake. Frost the square cake with the second color.

6. Decorate with candies to make a present.

Tiered Almond Cupcakes

You will need:

Almond Cupcakes
Almond Frosting
Candy-covered almonds
Sliced almonds
Poppy seeds
Chocolate Leaves
Candy almonds

1. Bake the cupcakes in medium-sized cupcake pans. You will need two cupcakes for every complete cupcake. Bake half of the cupcakes in cupcake liners; these will be your top layers. Bake the other half in a greased and floured cupcake pans these will be your bottom layers. Cool.

2. Frost the bottom layer cupcakes. Place a whole almond or chocolate-covered almond on top.

3. Place the top layer cupcake upside down on the frosted cupcake. Frost the sides and top.

4. Press sliced almonds into the sides of the cupcake.

5. Place 1/2 teaspoon of poppy seeds in the center of each the cupcake.

6. Place chocolate leaves on the top of each cupcake.

7. Place candy almonds in a flower shape on top of the leaves and around the poppy seeds to create the petals of a flower.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

You will need:

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes, doubled
Peppermint Frosting, doubled
White sugar
Silver candy balls
Mint candy
Mint leaves
Large cupcake pan
Medium cupcake pan
Pastry Bag with writing tip

1. Prepare the cupcake batter. Bake an equal number of medium cupcakes in greased cupcake pan and large cupcake liners.

2. Prepare the frosting. Divide the batch. Color one batch your favorite color leave the other white.

3. Frost the large cupcakes with white frosting.

4. Set a medium sized cupcake upside down on top of each large cupcake. Frost with remaining white frosting.

5. Sprinkle frosted cupcakes with white sugar.

6. Place colored frosting in pastry bag and pipe a design. Add silver balls to the design.

7. Place a candy mint and mint leaf on top.

Crystal Flower Cupcakes

You will need:

Choose Favorite cupcakes recipe
Royal Icing recipe
Sugar Paste Icing
Crystal Edible Flowers
Food coloring
Colored sugar
Candy dots
White non-pariels
Circle cookie cutter

1. Color the Royal Icing with food coloring. Frost the cupcakes with this icing.

2. Divide the Sugar Paste Icing into two bowls. Color each batch a color that will match the Crystal Edible Flowers.

3. Prepare basket weave with the Sugar Paste Icing. Place it on the cupcake.

4. Pipe the edges of the basket weave with Royal Icing.

5. Prepare crystal edible flowers. Use frosting as glue to attach Crystal Edible Flowers to the cupcakes.

Coffee Cupcakes

You will need:

Coffee Cupcakes
Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting
Chocolate-covered espresso beans

1. Top frosted cupcakes with chocolate-covered espresso beans.