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
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!
Created by our Test Kitchen home economists, these whimsical Christmas cupcakes are sure to charm young and old alike. And you can easily assemble these yummy goodies yourself following the simple, step-by-step directions here.
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
Best-selling authors of the book Hello, Cupcake!, Karen Tack & Alan Richardson, spent a few days with us creating one-of-a-kind beauties that you can make at home—no special tools or talents required. Just bake your favorite cupcakes, have your favorite vanilla icing on hand and HAVE FUN!
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
I came up with the combination of cinnamon and cayenne. I was making cinnamon toast one day and accidentally sprinkled cayenne pepper on my toast instead of cinnamon! I decided to just add cinnamon to the cayenne and I loved it. I am constantly making cupcakes and thought I would try my new found combination in cupcakes. I loved the end result and hope you do, too. The apple spice cupcake are topped with a rich and silky maple frosting.—Elisha Ayers, Unicoi, Tennessee