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Christmas Ornament Cupcakes

Christmas Ornament Cupcakes

Colorful Christmas ornament cupcakes brighten up any day during the season just as they do on a Christmas tree.


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1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
02 hrs 20 min
Total Time
24
cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package white cake mix

1 cup Land O Lakes® Half & Half

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted

4 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

2 tablespoons red, green and/or white decorator sprinkles

Frosting

5 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

2 teaspoons vanilla

5 to 6 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Half & Half

Decorations

Small gumdrops

String licorice, cut into 1-inch pieces

Fruit chews and leathers, decorator candies, string licorice and/or mini candy-coated chocolate pieces

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into 24 muffin pan cups; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine all cupcake ingredients in bowl except sprinkles; beat at medium speed until well mixed. Stir in sprinkles.

  3. STEP 3

    Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake 18-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter and vanilla in bowl; beat at medium speed, adding enough half & half for desired spreading consistency.

  5. STEP 5

    Create ornament hangers by cutting small slice into top of each gumdrop with small knife. Insert both ends of 1-inch licorice piece into each slice. Set aside.

  6. STEP 6

    Frost each cupcake; place 1 ornament hanger on top of each cupcake. Decorate as desired.

Tip #1

- For size variety, make 18 regular-size cupcakes and 12 mini cupcakes. Bake mini cupcakes 15-17 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Tip #2

- Cut strips of fruit leather with decorative or regular scissors and place onto cupcake. Top with small candies, using frosting as “glue” for fruit strip and candies.

Nutrition (1 cupcake)

300 Calories
6 Fat (g)
55 Cholesterol (mg)
220 Sodium (mg)
48 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
3 Protein (g)
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