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Friday, January 7, 2011

Le Petit Snowmen Cupcakes

I've always been a sucker for a gimmick.  I can't even tell you how many times as a kid I'd run to find my mom telling her we just HAD to have whatever infomercial was on in that moment.  Remember "set it -and forget it!"?  I was all over that one.  Just thank god my mom had the sense to ignore my pleas of "BUT THERE'S ONLY 5 MINUTES LEFT TO ORDER!!" or else my house might be a scarier place today.

Moving on.  Obviously this mentality hasn't left me because the minute I saw these cupcakes topped with mini-french snowmen, I just knew I had to have them immediately.  I heard my inner 7 year old saying "How can you say no to little berets??"  And these cupcakes turned out even cuter than I ever imagined.  Perfect for a snowy day stuck inside.  You can use any cupcake or icing recipe you like; I opted for vanilla-vanilla just to go for that snowy look.  And really if you're stretched for time or unsure of your baking abilities start off with store bought cake mix and icing and just have fun decorating.  The best part is they all seem to have different personalities when you're done.

(The guy on the left looks cocky to me, while the one on the 
right looks terrified he's about to be eaten.  That 
little dude in the back, clearly depressed he's not in
the limelight.)

In all seriousness though, this is a really fun and easy recipe to put together, would be great to do with kids, and they are guaranteed to make anyone smile. :)

Le Petit Snowmen Cupcakes

Servings: 12 (or as many as you'd like!)
12 cupcakes of your favorite flavor
1 cup (or can) of your favorite frosting
24 regular sized marshmallows
hand-full of chocolate jimmies (you really only need 24 but it's good to have extras)
around 5-6 gummy orange slices (or any orange gummy candies you can get your hands on)
12 junior mints

Bake your favorite cupcakes in liners and allow to cool completely on cooling rack.  Frost with your favorite icing.  Don't worry about being perfect, this is supposed to be a rustic snow scene.  Snow doesn't fall perfectly.  Attach one regular size marshmallow on each cupcake and push down slightly.  Add a dab of vanilla icing on the top of each marshmallow.  Cut a slice off of the bottom of another 12 marshmallows and squish slightly to make a little smaller.  Attach the sticky side of each marshmallow to the other marshmallow on each cupcake.  Take a toothpick and dip in water and make two holes on each top marshmallow for two eyes.  Insert a chocolate jimmy into each hole with kitchen tweezers (or just your hands!).  Cut 12 tiny triangles out of the gummy orange slices and attach right onto each marshmallow beneath the eyes. (It should stick on it's own).  Place another dab of vanilla icing on the top of each snowman.  Finish by placing a junior mint on top of the dab of icing as a beret for each snowman and enjoy!

Recipe Adapted from: Marth Stewart's Cupcakes

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