New Year's Eve Cupcakes Recipe
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New Year's Eve Cupcakes Recipe

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What better way to ring in the New Year than with cupcakes? To decorate, simply mold Air Head candies into champagne bottles, flutes and streamers. Happy New Year! —Taste of Home Food Styling Team
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Cupcakes of your choice
  • Assorted jimmies
  • Green, white and red Air Heads candies
  • Gold pearl dust


  1. Frost cupcakes and sprinkle with jimmies. If necessary, microwave candies on high for 3- to 5-second intervals to soften. Form green candies into champagne bottles. Cut squares from white candies to form labels; press gently onto bottles to attach. Brush bottle tops with pearl dust.
  2. Shape white candy into champagne flutes. Cut thin strips of red candies; twist to form streamers. Decorate cupcakes with bottles, champagne flutes and streamers as desired. Store in an airtight container. Yield: varies.
Editor’s Note: Pearl dust is available from Wilton Industries. Call 1-800/794-5866 or visit
Originally published as New Year's Eve Cupcakes in Taste of Home's Cupcake of the Week Newsletter 2009, p12/28/2009

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greeniegale User ID: 3402155 173278
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"Could you use fondant instead..would it melt?"

JLM1 User ID: 5734044 129315
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"These cupcakes came out awesome and were the hit of the party! We made them with red velvet cake. Got tons of compliments. The airheads candy were available at the local convenience store and were fairly easy to mold. We made the cupcakes and toppings the same day and the bottles had started to melt before we left the house for the party, so that was disappointing. And the "1 hour prep time" on this recipe is ridiculously misleading. It took almost 8 hours to make the bottles, labels, paint the tops of the bottles, and to make the glasses and streamers for 30 cupcakes. While these cupcakes looked fantastic and came out great, I doubt I would ever invest the time to make them again. And also I would have to figure out a way to preserve the airheads to keep them from melting if I were ever going to put that kind of effort out again."

hannahsmomma119 User ID: 4400220 188926
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2010

"The cupcakes were cute, but our airheads bottles and steamers melted overnight. So if you make them, serve that day."

mstassi User ID: 2404860 119813
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2009

"A very cute idea, but way too much work for my hectic schedule. I don't even know what air head candies are or where to buy them in my rural area. This is one of those fun to look at , but who will actually make them type of ideas."

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