Very Vanilla Snowflake Cupcake
For this cupcake I just used a vanilla box mix. I know, I know, but I'm in grad school okay. I made these little snowflakes with some white royal icing and some pearl sprinkles. The icing in just vanilla buttercream tinted with a little bit of Wilton royal blue icing.
This is pronounced pee-can, not pe-caun, just FYI. I used the other half of that vanilla cake mix and added in some orange zest, chopped cranberries, and chopped pecans. The icing for these was a vanilla-orange buttercream and the garnish was a whole pecan and half a berry.
Hot Coco Cupcakes
These were done with a chocolate box mix, mini marshmallows glued on with some vanilla butter cream and a pepper mint stick in the top. Really simple, but super cute.
Peppermint Chocolate Cupcake
For these I also used the left over chcolate mix from the last set. I just added some crushed candy canes to the buttercream. You have to crunch it pretty fine, or it will get stuck in the tip. I tinted it pink and put some more crushed candy cane on top.
These tasted SO good. I got the recipe off of Martha Stewart. It makes 24 cupcakes. I frosted them with cream cheese icing and some simple sprinkles or some cinnamon.
Egg Nog Cupcakes
I'm not sure if these tasted better or if the ginerbread ones did. They definatly looked beautiful.
- 1 (16-oz.) package pound cake mix
- 1 1/4 cups eggnog
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preparation1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat all ingredients together at low speed with an electric mixer until blended. Increase speed to medium, and beat 2 minutes. Pour into a lined cupcake pans. Makes about 16.
2. Bake at 350° for about 18 minutes.
Beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar alternately with eggnog, beginning and ending with sugar and beating at low speed. Add freshly grated nutmeg and vanilla extract; beat until smooth. Spread over cupcakes.
I garnished these with a cinnamon stick. I found these in the mexican food's section.