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Holly Cupcakes

Martha Stewart Kids, Fall 2003

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.

Choose either Chocolate Cupcakes or Vanilla Cupcakes iced with Swiss Meringue Buttercream -- perfect for spreading in thin layers or sculpting into thick mounds (and licking from the bowl).

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!

Holly Cupcake How-To
Chewy candies come in lots of shapes, and they're just the right size for decorating cupcakes. Here, a trio of sour-cherry candies and a pair of sugar-frosted spearmint leaves (sliced to make them thinner) look like a sprig of holly in a drift of snow.

Comments (3)

  • 1 Jan, 2011

    I found the Spearmint Leaves at Walgreens and the Sour Cherry Balls at Bucheits. You can also find on the internet at bulk candy sites.
    I made red velvet cupcakes with the Swiss Meringue Buttercream Icing and so delicious. I

  • 30 Nov, 2009

    Where can I find candies like this?

  • 15 Nov, 2007

    This looks very tempting. It looks like cherries on top of snow because of the size of the cherries/ berries, but it is a beautiful sight.
    How about mixing together Red Velvet Chocolate Cake for the cupcake? The chocolate red would be a beautiful sight when the cupcake is eaten. Red Velvet Holly Cupcakes?