christmas ornament cupcakes

I’m a huge fan of the creative geniuses behind the Hello, Cupcake book series and subscribe to their free email newsletter. With Christmas right around the corner, I remembered that they had sent out a tutorial for how to make these really cute Christmas Ornament Cupcakes last year, but for the life of me, I couldn’t find it anywhere when I searched in my email. Even so, I was able to find some pictures and let’s face it – they are pretty self explanatory, aren’t they?

I quickly realized that this was a perfect baking project that I could complete with my 3 year old toddler. As a matter of fact, it’s so easy that even Ben was able to get in on the action.

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All you need are a few colorful sugars (homemade or store bought) for the sparkly coating, colorful taffy for the stripes, M&Ms Minis for the dots, and a spice drop with a little licorice lace loop for the hanger.

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Through some trial and error, I have a few tips and tricks to share with you.

  1. Buying pre-made cupcakes is certainly the easiest and fastest way to go, but I wanted these to have even more “wow” factor so I made vanilla cupcakes from scratch.
    • I added an Oreo Cookie to the bottom of each cup before pouring in the batter for a nice “surprise”.
    • To help alleviate some of the Holiday-Pig-Out-Guilt-Factor that always seems to set in right around Jan 1, I went ahead and substituted C&H® Light Sugar in the recipe (just use HALF of the amount that is called for) to cut the sugar calories in HALF!
  2. I only needed 1 can of frosting.
  3. I cheated and used sour strips instead of trying to roll out taffy. I’m sure fruit roll ups would have worked great too!
Also read:  {Recipe} Avocado Feta Salsa

Aside from my baking the cupcakes and applying the frosting, Whistler decorated the rest of these cupcakes pretty much all by himself! So yes, if a 3 year old and his dad can make these, you can too :) Good luck and let me know how they turn out!

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