North Pole Cupcakes

Turn your favorite cupcake into a festive treat, perfect for holiday bake sales or as a treat for your kids class.

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Make up your favorite cupcake recipe and pour into greased muffin tins. I have this rounded-bottom tin that used to be my Grandma’s – it makes the perfect  ‘snowball mound’.

Create your own North Pole labels (or download ours below) and print them off on a piece of heavy paper or cardstock.NorthPoleCupcakes2

For the top of the candy cane, you can use a red Smartie or a sugared cranberry. I like the Smarties since they matched the color of the candy cane better. To get it to stick on the top, you could use a bit of frosting, royal icing, or melt it on.

To melt it, use a lighter or your gas stove to heat the end of the candy cane until it starts to bubble and melt (but not blackened), then quickly press the Smartie onto the end.NorthPoleCupcakes3

Frost the cupcakes with a snowy white icing, then sprinkle with some coarse sugar to make it sparkle like icy snowball. Carefully break the rounded end of the candy cane off and press into each cupcake.

To attach the North Pole sign, you can try to melt the side of the candy cane and press the sign onto it…but I didn’t have much luck doing that – it just blacked the area. So, I cheated and hot-glued the sign on. If I had more time I would have tried royal icing.NorthPoleCupcakes4

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North Pole Cupcakes
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Perfect for holiday gift-giving! Use your own favorite cupcake mix, or try ours.
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  1. Make the cupcakes according to its recipe directions. Remove from tin and allow to cool completely, then frost with icing of your choice. For a sparkling snow effect, sprinkle some coarse sugar all over the icing.
  2. For the top of the candy cane, you can use a red Smartie or a sugared cranberry. To get it to stick on the top, you could use a bit of frosting, royal icing, or melt it on. To melt it on use a lighter or your gas stove, and heat the end of the candy cane until it starts to bubble and melt (but not blackened), then quickly press the Smartie onto the end. Once it's secure, press it gently into the cupcake and secure the North Pole sign on.

 

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