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X's and O's 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.

The designs on this page start as 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!

Xs and Os Cupcake How-To
Even young kids can create these adorable designs -- Xs, Os, and hearts of cinnamon candies. Place the candies in the frosting in the shapes of Xs and Os. Just don't be surprised if classmates use the hugs and kisses for a game of tic-tac-toe. 

Comments (4)

  • mlp515 17 Jun, 2010

    I made this recipe and it was great! I actually followed the recipe to the tee but instead of adding the X's and O's, I used the heart cupcake design from They turned out super cute and my family loved them!

  • aluciahall 14 Feb, 2008

    Mi children and my husband will love them. They look delicious

  • mmerh0528 11 Feb, 2008

    These are so cute! I'm going to make them for my family.

  • ritatrevino 8 Jan, 2008

    This is a fun and simple project. Majority of the young kids are fascinated with learning new things in the kitchen. They would be delighted to help out decorating cupcakes or helping you mix the batter. My nieces love helping out and in the end we all have fun.