Merry Christmas: Candy Cane Cupcakes

These Candy Cane Cupcakes are so easy to bake and decorate, and are just so pretty! We use them for all holiday occasions and they're always a festive hit!

Now I don’t know about you guys, but we can’t get enough of those Christmas baking shows around here.

The thing is, they’re mostly cookies and gingerbread houses, and not a lot of cupcakes. Now it’s true that I’m not into cupcakes (nor waffles, which makes me the laughingstock of my family), but I do make exceptions with the right cupcakes (and waffles). These Candy Cane Cupcakes are an exception. For one, my kids are true bakers – they want to learn technique – and for another, shaping little candy canes out of fondant is a good first lesson in fondant-ing. Yes, I made up that verb.

Candy Cane Cupcakes finished results

Candy Cane Cupcakes:

What You Need:

Cake box mix + ingredients to make one dozen cupcakes
4 oz. white fondant, divided
Red gel food coloring
½ stick butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2-3 tbsp milk
½ cup white sparkly sprinkles, poured into a bowl

Yields: One dozen cupcakes

Candy Cane Cupcakes ingredients

What You do:

1 – Bake cupcakes according to box’s directions and allow to cool completely

2 – As the cupcakes are cooling, prepare your fondant candy canes

3 – Divide fondant in 2 2 oz. spheres – color one red with your food coloring

4 – Then, knead until completely tinted

5 – With each fondant color, shape out ½-inch spheres and then roll them out into long strips

6 – Next, twist one white fondant strip with one red fondant strip

7 – Roll it out until smooth and then shape it to look like a candy cane – trim if necessary

8 – Using an electric or stand mixer, beat together butter, sugar and milk on medium speed, and gradually increase speed to high

9 – Using a frosting bag, frost each cooled cupcake and dip into bowl of sprinkles

10 – Place one fondant candy cane on each cupcake and enjoy!

These Candy Cane Cupcakes are so easy to bake and decorate, and are just so pretty! We use them for all holiday occasions and they're always a festive hit!

These Candy Cane Cupcakes are so easy to bake and decorate, and are just so pretty! We use them for all holiday occasions and they're always a festive hit!

Candy Cane Cupcakes finished results

Candy Cane Cupcakes finished results

Are you loving my Christmas baking? Check out our Peppermint Snowball Cookies too!

These Candy Cane Cupcakes are so easy to bake and decorate, and are just so pretty! We use them for all holiday occasions and they're always a festive hit!

So, do you make Christmas cupcakes too?

These Candy Cane Cupcakes are so easy to bake and decorate, and are just so pretty! We use them for all holiday occasions and they're always a festive hit!