St. Nick Cupcakes Recipe

St. Nick Cupcakes Recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 1 to 2 cans vanilla frosting (16 ounces each)
  2. Cupcakes and miniature cupcakes of your choice
  3. Red sprinkles
  4. Ivory paste food coloring
  5. Candy-coated sunflower kernels
  6. Red shoestring licorice
  7. Starburst candies
  8. Miniature marshmallows
  9. Corn syrup
  10. White nonpareils
Instructions
  1. Frost a cupcake; dip the top in red sprinkles. Tint a small amount of frosting ivory. Using ivory frosting, frost a miniature cupcake for the face. Lay cupcake on its side on top of sprinkled cupcake; secure each with a toothpick. Pipe frosting onto face for hair and beard. Attach sunflower kernels for eyes and nose and a licorice piece for the mouth.
  2. For hat, place four red Starburst candies on a small piece of waxed paper; microwave on high for 3-5 seconds or until softened. Place candies side by side, using a rolling pin, roll candies together to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into a triangle; form into a cone shape. Press seam to seal; gently form around a small ball of plastic wrap into a hat shape.
  3. For pom-poms, cut marshmallows in half; roll each half in corn syrup then in nonpareils. Press onto the tip of hat and around brim. Remove plastic wrap from inside hat; attach to head with frosting. Repeat. Yield: varies.
Notes
  1. How-To: For Santa's hat, roll out softened Starburst candies to a 1/8-inch thickness and cut out a triangle. Form the triangle into a cone and gently shape the cone into a hat around a small ball of plastic wrap. See Santa's hat»
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