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Winter Fantasy Poinsettia Cupcakes

 Winter Fantasy Poinsettia Cupcakes
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!
24 ServingsPrep: 1 hour


  • 1 to 2 cans vanilla frosting (16 ounces each)
  • Cupcakes of your choice
  • Clear decorating sugar
  • Winterfresh or cinnamon chewing gum
  • Additional vanilla frosting
  • Yellow candy-coated sunflower kernels


  • Frost cupcakes, reserving some frosting for decorating as desired.
  • For poinsettia cupcakes: Place decorating sugar in a small shallow
  • bowl; roll top edge of each cupcake in sugar to form a decorative
  • rim. Set aside.
  • Using clean kitchen scissors or a small sharp knife, cut gum into
  • leaf shapes of various sizes. Pinch the base end of each leaf,
  • forming a curved leaf shape. Add frosting to a small resealable
  • plastic bag; cut a small hole in the corner.
  • Arrange leaves in a circular pattern over top of each cupcake,
  • working from the outer leaves in. Press outer leaves into top of
  • cupcake; secure with additional frosting as needed. Continue adding
  • leaves and securing with frosting to form a poinsettia. Gently press
  • sunflower kernels into the center. Yield: varies.