At Reel Mama, I enjoy discovering or inventing fun activities to bring families together. You’ll have many memorable moments with your kids trying out a new activity for the first time. So go on, be adventurous and try something new for the holidays!
In my case, it was trying out an idea I had for Thanksgiving scarecrow cupcakes. I’m no cupcake expert, but I think they’re pretty cute, and they were a hit at a recent Thanksgiving potluck.
Here’s how I made these:
–Make one dozen cupcakes with your favorite mix (yellow or spiced cake is great for the season).
–Frost with yellow icing (You’ll need about 8 ounces. Add yellow food coloring to vanilla icing — cream cheese is delicious and mixes well).
–Use 24 orange Reece’s pieces for the eyes.
–You’ll need 12 candy corns for the noses.
–Use black icing from a decorator’s tube to make the mouth, pupils, and eyebrows.
–For the straw “hair” you’ll need about 40 Frosted Mini Wheat squares. Break them into thirds, or you can use more and break them in half. Arrange them in a row. I used about five pieces on each cupcake to form the “hair.” Attach them with chocolate frosting to be sure they stay in place.
–For the hat you’ll need 12 golden sandwich cookies and 12 miniature Reece’s peanut butter cups. Turn the mini Reece’s peanut butter cup upside down and attach it to the sandwich cookie with a dab of chocolate frosting. Apply another dab (about a teaspoon) of chocolate frosting to the bottom of the sandwich cookie to attach it firmly to the cupcake. Allow it to set. Surprisingly, the hats don’t seem to come off if adequate frosting is used and the hats are allowed to set.
In summary, you’ll need one dozen cupcakes frosted with yellow icing, 24 Reece’s pieces, 12 candy corns, a decorator’s tube of black icing, 40 Frosted mini wheats, 12 golden sandwich cookies, 12 miniature Reece’s peanut butter cups, and chocolate frosting.
* If you are using a cake mix you’ll probably have enough to make extra cupcakes, so you might need more ingredients to make a few more.
You don’t have to be a professional pastry chef to experiment in the kitchen. These cupcakes are fun and easy to make. Just think of the baking, candy and cookie aisles as your personal palette for artistic baked creations! I look forward to bringing you more fun creations from the kitchen of Reel Mama soon!
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And while we’re on the subject of cooking, enjoy my reviews of two children’s books about Julia Child!