Takes the Cake: How Erin made charming holiday cupcakes with sparkling stars and candy canes

My baking friend and coworker Erin Lippitz recently sent me a photo and instructions for how she made gorgeous holiday cupcakes. As usual, she made it sound incredibly easy, and started with her standard white cake recipe, and topped it off with Buffy Vance's buttercream frosting recipe.

Blog PhotoHere's how she decorated them, in her words:

I used white vanilla fondant and a small snowflake cookie cutter to make the decorations for the white cupcakes. I brushed a silver shimmer dust over the cutouts before they completely dried and I sprinkled edible sparkly flakes on the frosting before putting the snowflakes on. (Editor's note: Erin bought both the shimmers and the sparkles and Michaels.)

I used red fondant and white vanilla fondant and twisted them together to make the candy canes then bent them at the top and let them dry. I put red and white frosting side by side in a piping bag to try to mimic the candy cane design. It looks more pink than red, but a really red frosting is so hard to make! I used a no taste red food coloring but if you use too much I still think you can taste it.

That's it. They were really easy.

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