North Pole Cupcakes
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Happy Monday, y’all! I’m tickled pink to introduce y’all to today’s special guest, Kristan. I met Kristan at BlissDom this past February and I completely fell into utter adoration. While some might call her pocket-sized, there’s nothing small about her personality or her talent. I’m not sure whether I should apologize to your waistlines and wait for y’all to Thank me ;-). Well, enough chatterin’ from me. Welcome, Kristan!
Hi Southern Fairytale readers!! I’m Kristan from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen and I’m so excited to be here sharing a fun Christmas cupcake with you today. Christmas and cupcakes are two of my most favorite things in all the land, so combining the two is like magic with sugar on top.
Also, I don’t know if you can tell by looking at him, but Santa likes stuff with butter and sugar in it. Like…a lot. So….there’s a good chance that making these will seal the deal on those $300 boots on your Christmas list.
(Yes, $300 boots are a perfectly normal thing to ask for. Or a life size cut out of Gerard Butler. Whatevs)
These cupcakes are so cute and impressive looking, but are actually very, very easy to put together.
Cupcakes, obviously. Baked in festive liners (I used red foil liners) and frosted with a big ol’ pile of frosting. You can use canned frosting, or make your own. I have a Buttercream tutorial on my site, if you need a good recipe. I sprinkled mine with white sugar sprinkles too, to give them that snowy look.
Graham crackers. One little rectangle (fourth of a sheet) per cupcake. Cinnamon sugar graham crackers were all I had at home, and that’s just fine. You cover them anyways.
Fondant. I know some people make their own, but for a project this small, it’s probably easier to buy it at your local craft store or Walmart. Spread the flat side of each graham cracker with a thin coat of frosting, and cover with a rectangle of fondant.
Peppermint sticks and red gumballs. Again, one per cupcake. I bought the gumballs at Michaels craft store (they sell bags of individual colors) and you can buy bags of Bob’s Soft Peppermint sticks at Walmart for $1.00 around Christmas time.
White almond bark or candy melts. Melt your almond bark or candy melts (you won’t need much, so just melt a little) and attach a gumball to the top of each peppermint stick. Spread a bit of melted candy on the uncovered side of your graham cracker rectangles and attach to the sticks, near the top. Allow to set until the melted candy is firm.
Black frosting or a black food marker. Using a piping bag fitted with a small round tip (I used #2) OR a black food marker, write North Pole on each sign. I also colored some frosting red and piped a border around the edges of the sign. You can do this too, or even make a border from small candies or sprinkles.
Insert the poles in the cupcakes.
I found these at Michaels also, right by the cash register. They are paper thin and entirely edible. SO cool!! Once my cupcakes were finished, I placed a few here and there on the frosting. But if you can’t find these, any snowflake sprinkles would work, or just leave off the snowflakes all together.
Keep in mind that these cupcakes are very flexible. You could use regular candy canes for the poles or substitute red M&Ms for the gumballs. Santa will still love them, I promise.
If you’re in need of more Christmas inspiration, I have more cupcake ideas on my site, Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.
I hope that whatever you decide to make, you find tons of inspiration during the Handmade Holiday Bake, Craft, and Sew Along. Thanks so much for letting you share my creations with you and Merry (early) Christmas!!
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Love those North Pole Cupcakes! Thank you so much for introducing us to Kristan and her lovely blog, Rachel, as well as for hosting the linky. And thank you Kirstan for such a cute cupcake idea!
i shared videos of making pecan crusted apple crsip and grain-free matzoh balls as well as an article about choosing the best olive oil.
It really surprises me when something that looks complex are hard to do is actually so easy. The graham cracker for the sign is genius. I love the cupcake cupcake topper. How cute is that!
Thank you for hosting! This week I have shared a seasonal farm-to-table spicy-n-sweet pepper & corn salad recipe that I made last week:
spicy-n-sweet pepper & corn salad
The Intentional Minimalist
Love those holiday cupcakes. They are so wonderful. We linked up a wonderful pork chop recipe today.
Kristan always has the cutest treats!
Thanks for hosting Rachel
Those are some fancy, fancy cupcakes! Thanks for the inspiration as well as for hosting! Blessings, ~Lisa
Thank you for the opportunity to link up my Peanut Apple Caramel Chocolaty Cake. Please join us Thursday for Thursday’s Treasures. <3 and Hugs!
Those are so much fun, Kristan – beautiful job! Thanks again for hosting, Rachel – have a great week!
Thank you for hosting us Rachel. This is my first time to post- I did it incorrectly-
My recipe is for a light, tender, versatile, and gluten-free, Flakey Pastry Crust.
You are right on the money when you say that your North Pole cupcakes are cute and impressive! All of your cupcakes shown are cute and adorable.
Hi Rachel. I love this series of posts; makes me long for Christmas (even though it’s only September and school has barely started). The north pole cupcakes are so cute!
Those are gorgeous. Sadly, I make things taste good, not look good. Those snowmen are so beyond me. But that’s ok, I’ll just go find somone else to do them and appropriately oooo and ahhh over them! 🙂