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Winter Fantasy Star Cupcakes

Best-selling authors of the book Hello, Cupcake!, Karen Tack & Alan Richardson, spent a few days with us creating one-of-a-kind beauties that you can make at home—no special tools or talents required. Just bake your favorite cupcakes, have your favorite vanilla icing on hand and HAVE FUN!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes


  • 1 to 2 cans vanilla frosting (16 ounces each)
  • Cupcakes of your choice
  • STAR:
  • Clear decorating sugar
  • Miniature silver dragees, optional
  • Nonstick foil or parchment paper
  • Blue, clear and/ or white hard candies
  • Additional vanilla frosting
  • Blue decorating sugar


  • Frost cupcakes, reserving some frosting for decorating as desired.
  • For star cupcakes: Place clear decorating sugar in a small shallow bowl; stir in miniature dragees if desired. (Dragees are not edible and are for decorative use only.) Roll top edge of each cupcake in sugar to form a decorative rim. Set aside.
  • Line a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with nonstick foil. Crush candies in desired color to yield about 1 cup. Place in prepared pan, spreading candy to about 1/4-in. thickness. Bake at 350° for 3-5 minutes or until melted. Meanwhile, coat 6-8 metal star-shaped cookie cutters with cooking spray.
  • Remove pan from the oven; press prepared cutters into melted candy. Let stand until just before candy is set; remove cutters. (Reheat scraps in the oven if desired.)
  • Add frosting to a small resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in corner of bag. Pipe frosting around edges of stars; top with decorating sugars and miniature dragees as desired. Press stars onto top of cupcake; secure with additional frosting if needed.

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