If Dad is a baseball fan, he’ll eat his hat over these cute minis. And he doesn’t have to be a Yankees supporter — use any color of frosting you like to make the logo for his favorite team. These treats are a great project for kids to make on their own. Just settle them down at the kitchen table with some mini cupcakes, some packaged cookies and a little icing. (You can use store-bought, but homemade is fast and easy and tastes way better.) He'll like this Father’s Day tribute all the better for the homemade look it gets from little hands.
|24 mini cupcakes||1 tsp. vanilla|
|12 curved sandwich cookies, such as Milanos||2 to 3 milk|
|1/2 cup butter, softened||Food coloring as desired|
|1 lb. box confectioners' sugar|
If your store-bought cupcakes are already frosted, scrape it off with the edge of a dinner knife. Use that same knife to slice the domed tops off each cupcake, but don’t eat them! You’ll need it later.
Gently rub the sandwich cookies together to separate them into two halves. At room temperature, this isn’t difficult, but if they won’t loosen easily, a grownup may need to put the cookies in the microwave, a few at a time, for 10 seconds to soften the filling.
Make the frosting by beating the butter until fluffy, then add the sugar and vanilla and beat until creamy, adding a little milk as needed to make it spreadable. Separate out about one-third of the frosting for piping on the team letters or log, and color both batches as desired for your team. (We did blue and white for the Yankees.)
Put a small dollop of frosting on top of each cupcake’s cut surface, then stick on a cookie half, filling side down, curved side upward like a cap brim. Add another dollop of frosting on top of the cookie and stick the cupcake’s domed top back on to make the crown of the baseball cap.
Frost the top and brim liberally with the base color of icing. Spoon the contrasting decorating color into a Ziploc sandwich bag and cut a tiny bit off the corner so you can pipe out a small stream. It helps to make a few test logos on a piece of wax paper before you start decorating your cupcakes. Pipe on your team’s letters or logo and don’t worry — Dad won’t be too picky if it’s not perfect.
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