WHENEVER these tasty treats pop up at birthday celebrations, so do smiles! The Christmasy confections are deliciously rich chocolate cupcakes from Helen's family-favorite recipe. To create pretty poinsettias, our kitchen staff covered the cakes with frosting, fruit snack flowers and yellow candies. Simply trace and cut out the pattern on the next page to produce the petals, and you'll be well on your way to "growing" goodies of your own!
A sweet frosting with a hint of lemon complements these little spice cakes, each with a maraschino cherry in the center. They're one of my dad's favorite desserts and a sure way of getting him to come over for a cup of coffee. —Laura McAllister, Morganton, North Carolina
This recipe makes a lot, so I like sharing the bite-size treats at potlucks. To easily frost them, try putting the frosting in a pastry bag and piping it on top of the cupcakes. —Carol Beyerl, East Wenatchee, Washington
These cupcakes are sure to dazzle guests, especially children who love the glittery frosting. Display a few on your table for an eye-catching, and delicious, centerpiece.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
I dress up a boxed cake mix by stirring in sour cream, red food coloring and chocolate chips. A white chocolate and cream cheese frosting—sprinkled with crushed mints—is the crowning touch.—Donna Bardocz, Howell, Michigan