Thursday, January 6, 2011

Cooking With Kids : Snowman Cupcakes

My youngest son, Julian, came home from school with the "snack bag" on Wednesday. I asked him what he wanted and he said "Yum! Yum! Cupcakes!" So my hunt through numerous magazine clippings began. I came across these that I held on to and decided they would be perfect! Except, the kids wanted to help me so we had to simplify them quite a bit. Here's what we did : 

Bake, cool and ice white cupcakes with pre-made creamy white frosting. 

Then cover them with white sugar crystal decorating sprinkles.

Next, for the head, you need a pretzel stick and 1 powdered doughnut hole. Stick the pretzel stick halfway into the doughnut hole and the other half into the center of the cupcake. 

The next step is to make the hats. To do this you need 2 of the large gumdrops in the same color for each cupcake. Flatten 1 of the gumdrops to about the size of an oversized quarter. With a knife slice off the rounded end of the other gumdrop. Set the cut gumdrop on top of the flattened one to make your hat. Attach the hats to the top of the doughnut holes with a dab of icing.

For the eyes and nose we used Nerds candy. We poked the holes with toothpicks and then shoved the nerds in to the holes. For the arms, 2 more pretzel sticks. For the scarf and the trim on the hat, we used Air Heads Xtremes Sour Belts in Rainbow Berry. Using a knife I cut the strips and the kids wrapped them around the bottom of the doughnut holes and on the hat. 

Hudson, with our finished cupcakes! They were sooo proud of them! Not quite like the picture - but definately as yummy and precious!!!

Wishing you sugar, spice and alittle pixie dust,

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