Mayflower Cupcakes

Get your Thanksgiving fun under sail with these whimsical place cards. Cake mix makes baking easy (we used spice cake). Slice off the domed top to form a little ship. Let kids cut out paper sails and write the name of each guest on top. A hole punch makes it easier to slide the sails onto the pretzel-stick masts.

The instructions below make one placecard.

Sharon Bowers

Mayflower Cupcakes

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    1 cupcake (such as pumpkin, gingerbread or spice cake) 1 pretzel stick
    White icing (storebought is fine—you're busy today!) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2-inch square of paper
    Blue food coloring


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    • 1

      Slice the domed top off a completely cool cupcake and cut this top piece in half along the diameter. Spread a little white icing on the cut sides and glue the two halves together.

    • 2

      With a paring knife, trim a rectangle out of the flat edge to make the ship’s central deck.

    • 3

      Use a drop or two of blue food coloring to dye a few tablespoons of icing pale blue. Spread on the flat surface of the cupcake.

    • 4

      Prop the ship atop the cupcake. Write the name of the guest on the paper sail and cut a tiny slit (or use a hole punch to cut a circle) above and below the name. Slide the sail onto a pretzel stick and prop this pretzel mast upright in the center of the cupcake.

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