Happy times with kids call for cheerful cupcakes. Easier to serve than cake, cupcakes require no slicing, no plates, and no forks -- and every child gets her fair share of icing.
The cupcakes can be baked a week ahead and frozen, but decorate them no more than a day before serving. Set up an assembly line, and put kids in charge of affixing candy eyes, gumdrop cheeks, and other trimmings. Pack the cupcakes in a shallow plastic container, and stuff crumpled waxed paper in between. Then dole them out and watch kids marvel for a second before opening wide!
This snowman wears a fine winter hat: a chocolate-covered mint beret.
His plump figure is two marshmallows -- cut a slice off the top one and squish to make it smaller.
Dabs of icing hold parts together.
His eyes are chocolate sprinkles (poke holes first with a wet toothpick), and his nose is cut from a gummy fish.