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New Year’s Eve Cupcakes

What better way to celebrate than with New Year's Eve cupcakes? To decorate, simply mold AirHead candies into champagne bottles, flutes and streamers. Happy New Year! —Taste of Home Food Styling Team


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) vanilla frosting
  • Assorted jimmies
  • Green, white and red Air Heads candies
  • Gold pearl dust


  • Prepare and bake cake batter according to package directions for cupcakes. Cool completely.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Editor’s Note: Pearl dust is available from Wilton Industries. Call 1-800/794-5866 or visit
Nutrition Facts
1 cupcake: 269 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 225mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • greeniegale
    Dec 29, 2011

    Could you use fondant instead..would it melt?

  • JLM1
    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
    Jan 4, 2010

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

  • mstassi
    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.

  • rhondapozehl
    Dec 27, 2009

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  • Susie Van Etten
    Oct 10, 2009

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