Sweetie Cupcakes, not surprisingly, attract and delight many a child of any age who come into our bakery. Our own children also request them over and over again for special occasions—and they can participate in the decorating process.–Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas
LC You Did What With The Leftover Halloween Candy? Note
We could all use a nifty trick or two for dispensing with leftover Halloween candy—and by ‘trick” we really mean get-it-the-heck-out-of-my-face tactic. That’s why we love the notion of anointing cupcakes with dribs and drabs of leftover candy and deeming them giftable. Cuz you can’t really bestow five M&Ms, a few SweeTarts, and a lone Tootsie Roll on friends, family, and neighbors and expect them to be appreciative. But you can surprise them with a plate of home-baked cupcake smothered with said stragglers and not only earn their thanks, but get the toothache-inducing temptation the heck out of the house. In so doing, you also teach your covetous little trick-or-treaters a valuable lesson in how calories are neither created nor destroyed, but instead migrate from one pair of hips to the next. Speaking of essential lessons regarding Halloween candy, have you seen this video from Jimmy Kimmel on the waterworks display you’ll encounter should you lie to your children as to the whereabouts of their Halloween candy? We know, it’s sooo last year, but the video still tugs at us each time we watch it—especially the two little brothers at the end.
Sweetie Cupcakes Recipe
Hands-On Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 15 minutes, for decorating | Makes 12 cupcakes
- 12 cupcakes, any flavor, whether white or coconut or chocolate or whatever you crave
- 1 batch buttercream or other frosting, preferably chocolate, whether bittersweet or Nutella
- Assorted candies in an array of colors, such as M&M’s, candy necklaces, gummy candies, chocolate-covered malted milk balls, wee candy bars, marshmallows, sprinkles, or so forth
- 1. Frost the cooled cupcakes with the buttercream. (You can use vanilla buttercream, although we prefer chocolate because it takes longer for the frosting to firm up, giving you and your wee ones more time to decide on which sweets to use as decorations before the frosting sets.)
- 2. Immediately go footloose and fancy-free, plopping sweets of varying shapes, sizes, and colors onto each cupcake quickly before the frosting sets. We find it better to use too many candies rather than too few, so heap them on without hesitation.
Hungry for more? Chow down on these:
- Maple Bacon Cupcakes with Maple Frosting from Vanilla Garlic
- Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting from Cupcake Project
- Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cardamom Cream Cheese Frosting from Leite's Culinaria
- Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Vanilla Stout Buttercream from Leite's Culinaria
Sweetie Cupcakes Recipe © 2010 Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas. Photo © 2010 Yuki Sugiura. All rights reserved.