Looking for the perfect gift to give? Make a box of edible ornaments cupcakes. Watch this animated video and learn how to make these simple and impressive edible ornaments cupcakes from Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make. These ornaments are super easy to make just frost the cupcakes roll them in sugar, choose the candies and press the candies into the frosting. Put them in gift boxes for the perfect gift. Happy Holidays!

Edible Ornaments Cupcakes
Makes 24 ornament cupcakes

8 vanilla cupcakes baked in red paper liners
8 vanilla cupcakes baked in green paper liners
8 vanilla cupcakes baked in white paper liners
2 cans (12 ounces each) whipped vanilla frosting
1/2 cup each green, light green, red, yellow, and white decorating sugars
24 yellow spice drops
Black licorice laces, cut into twenty-four 1-1/4 inch pieces
24 thin pretzels sticks
Assortment of colored fruit chews and fruit leather (Laffy Taffys, Airheads, Starbursts, Fruit by the Foot)
Red licorice laces (Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel)
1 cup mini candy-coated chocolates (M&M’s Minis)
Cinnamon Red Hots or candy decors

Spoon 1/2 cup vanilla frosting into a self-closing plastic bag, pressing out excess air; seal and set aside.

Place decorating sugars in separate small shallow bowls.

Spread tops of all cupcakes in remaining vanilla frosting, mounting it slightly. Roll top of each cupcake in one of the sugars to coat completely.

Make top of ornament by poking a hole in each end of each spice drop with a round toothpick. Bend one black licorice piece in half and insert both ends into one of the spice drop holes to make a loop. Insert one end of a pretzel stick in the hole in the other end of the spice drop. Press the other end of the pretzel stick all the way into a cupcake. Repeat with remaining cupcakes.

Roll out fruit chews on a piece of wax paper to 1/8 -inch thickness. Use clean scissors to cut the fruit chews and leathers into decorative pieces. Arrange these with red licorice laces to make strips, bands and other designs on the cupcakes.

Snip a tiny corner off the bag with vanilla frosting and pipe dots in different patterns over the cupcakes, atop the fruit chew designs. Press M&M Minis and Red Hots into frosting. Place cupcakes into small boxes or arrange on a platter.

Adapted from the book Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. Copyright © 2008 by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

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