Gingerbread cookies and cupcakes make a great snack no matter the time of year, however, they seem to go best with a nice mug of spiced cider or hot chocolate on a cold winter morning. These Festive Gingerbread Cupcakes are no exception. “What makes them so festive,” you ask? Is it the combination of the gingerbread batter and the swiss meringue buttercream frosting? Partially. But the true “festiveness” comes in the form of the tiny gingerbread houses perched atop each of these tasty treats. Two goodies in one, as they say.
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If you’re planning to bake Santa some cupcakes but realized Christmas season is still too far, why not have these North Pole cupcakes for yourself instead. These cupcakes are perfectly made out of a cake mix, vanilla frosting and a candy cane to add a Christmas touch. The candy canes can be replaced with sticks of celery instead to make these cupcakes more vegetarian friendly. The celery sticks will compliment the sweetness of the cupcake and frosting. Match these cupcakes with a cold glass of juice.
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Starlight Mint Cupcakes are an adorable treat for your holiday table. These fun cupcakes begin with any flavor cake. The buttercream frosting is what makes this cupcake a star. Two colors of frosting are piped together to create the starburst pattern and then covered in sparkly sugar to make them shine. The cupcake design calls for a candy glass technique to create the cellophane ties but these are optional embellishments.
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Winter is here and there’s no worry about melting snowman yet, unless of course you make the clever little melting snowmen cupcakes. These adorable treats are made of prepared cupcakes with white frosting, covered in coconut flakes and accented finally with the cutest little white chocolate melted snowmen. The face and arms are drawn with edible ink to give this melting friend personality. Colored scarfs of the candy variety further personalize them.
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Cupcake toppers are quick, cute, and not very expensive to make. What is a cupcake topper you may wonder? A cupcake topper is a decoration for the top of your cupcake that kicks it up a decorating notch. The problem is they can be pricey to use if you are constantly giving them away. These cute little edible toppers are made with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, frosting, and sprinkles and they are the perfect finish to your special cupcakes.
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Snowflake cupcakes can be served all winter long — not just around the holidays. Make yours out of standard ‘ol cupcake batter from your choice of flavors. Top of a luscious swirl of buttercream frosting (again, any flavor, any color, although blue is recommended.) And then add a few pearl dragees and some fondant snowflakes. If you want to top that, consider adding on a few sprinkles of shimmery edible sugar to make it look as though everything has (slightly) iced over. Tasty and beautiful!
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What do a box of Oreo cookies, a packet of red velvet cake mix, a jar of marshmallow creme and a tub of cool whip have in common? Did you say Holiday Oreo Stuffed Cupcakes? If you did, you would be right. These tasty treats have an entire Oreo cupcake baked into each cupcake (the trick is to place them in the cupcake liners, then top them with red velvet cupcake dough.) After they have cooled, stuff the middles with a combination of the cool whip and marshmallow creme, then serve!
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Take simple vanilla cupcakes to a whole new level with these adorable Rise of the Guardians movie-themed treats. The batter consists of standard ingredients like butter, sugar, flour, salt and vanilla, which complement the marshmallow fluff based filling perfectly. To tie these goodies in with the movie, choose the color that “fills you” and use a drop of gel color to dye the filling that particular shade. Top with white fondant, spun sugar and fondant elf to make these fit in with the Rise of Guardians!
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Cupcakes topped with cookies equal two sweet treats in one — especially if the cookies have been coated in icing and sanding sugar. The cupcakes can be made from any batter imaginable, along with the icing, since it is the cookies that “take the cake” so to speak in this combination. Make the cookies from the recipe of your choice, only make sure that they are thick enough to support the stick that holds them into the cupcake. After they are baked, douse them with sugar, sprinkles and icing before inserting them into the cupcake and serving!
Creativity is the key to making cupcakes that stand out from the rest of the sugar-frosted, sprinkle-coated crowd. Take these Reindeer cupcakes, for example. The batter can be utterly unremarkable — as long as it is tasty. It’s the reindeer decorations that make it unique. From the chocolate frosting to the candy eyes and (red) nose, the pretzel antlers and the Werther’s Original snout (under the candy nose) these adorable reindeer cupcakes are both adorable and edible!