As you might imagine I spend a lot of time in the kitchen with my boys, especially around the holidays. Yesterday we decided to decorate cupcakes and since we had some yummy soft peppermint sticks, we decided to use them as the North Pole. Lots of fun… and very sticky. Okay and there was a little bit of a sugar rush going on. Anyway, this was mine; I call it “snowelf standing guard at the North Pole.” Original right!?
Here’s what you’ll need:
- White icing (mine was cream cheese!)
- Strawberry malted milk balls (one slightly smaller than the other)
- Red Starburst (one square will make a scarf and a stocking cap)
- Snowflake sprinkles
- Candy cane (mine are the old fashioned soft candy canes)
- Optional: Print “North Pole” in red on cardstock and cut it out with scalloped scissors
And here are the simple steps:
- Ice your cupcake and sprinkle it with coconut and snowflake sprinkles.
- Insert the candy cane slightly to one side.
- Place the largest of the two malted milk balls on the cupcake.
- Add a small amount of icing, as an adhesive, to the bottom of the second malted milk ball and put it in place.
- Heat one Starburst square in the microwave for eight seconds.
- Roll half of the square out, very flat, on a piece of wax paper. Using a knife, slice it to look like a scarf and even add a little fringe like I did if you like. Peel it up and carefully wrap it around the shoulders.
- Reheat the second half for another five seconds or so (because it likely got hard again while your were working on the scarf) and mold it to look like a stocking cap in your hands. Add a snowflake sprinkle to the end and allow it to harden for 30 seconds or so. Finally, place it on your snowelf’s head.
- Using a small dot of icing, adhere the sign to the candy cane.
If you make them, or a version of, we would love to see them. Just send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: North Pole Cupcake. Enjoy!