How to Make Fun Spring Cupcakes
Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, best-selling authors of the book Hello, Cupcake!, spent a few days here in the Taste of Home Test Kitchen creating some unbelievably impressive cupcakes—no special tools or talents required! Get started with these basic recipes:
Easy Cake Mix Cupcakes Recipe
For this recipe, there are no rules. The only thing required is a creative imagination. Get Recipe
Royal Icing Recipe
This classic royal icing sets up and dries quickly. It's especially nice to use when cookies will be stacked on a plate. Get Recipe
Cupcake Cookie Pops Recipe
Take sugar cookie dough to a whole new level. Using purchased refrigerated dough allows more time for the fun stuff—decorating! Get Recipe
Decorating the Cupcakes & Cookie Pops
1. How to Make Marshmallow Flower Petals
With kitchen scissors, cut pastel marshmallows in half. Dip each cut side in colored sugar. Arrange marshmallow petals on cupcakes, forming flowers.
2. How to Make Cookie Pops
When making the Cupcake Cookie Pops, place lollipop sticks 2 in. apart on foil-lined baking sheets. Place cutout cookie dough on each; press down gently.
3. How to Decorate Cookies with Royal Icing
Using a pastry bag and plain Royal Icing, outline each cookie; let dry. Tint remaining icing with colors of your choice. Working one cookie at a time, fill in the center with tinted icing; spread to the edges of the outline with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining cookies. Let dry completely.
4. How to Make Cutout Cookies with Candy Centers
Place cutout cookie dough on foil-lined baking sheets. Cut out and remove centers of each. Carefully fill the centers with crushed hard candy.