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Winter Fantasy Poinsettia Cupcakes Recipe

Winter Fantasy Poinsettia Cupcakes Recipe

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!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour YIELD:24 servings


  • 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


  • 1. Frost cupcakes, reserving some frosting for decorating as desired.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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.

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katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 169244
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"These are fun but difficult to get the flowers just right. I may try gum paste next time."

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 166996
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010

"This is one of the most beautiful cupcakes I've ever seen and I'd gladly make it any time I could. My family absolutely loves it and will be making it many more times."

cakeladybu User ID: 2393909 164834
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2008

"I'd use fondant for the flower petals."

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