Pilgrim Cupcakes

A grinning Pilgrim boy and girl made of cupcakes sets the right tone for a cheerful, festive table. You can make the girl’s cap out of a folded piece of fruit leather if you want the entire cupcake to be edible, but the crimped edge of a fresh cupcake paper makes an excellent bonnet, too.
The instructions below make a pair of pilgrims.

Sharon Bowers

Pilgrim Cupcakes

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    2 cupcakes Red, black and orange decorating gel
    2 mini cupcakes 1 Reese's mini peanut butter cup
    Chocolate icing 1 chocolate wafer cookie
    White icing


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    • 1

      Frost the large cupcakes with chocolate. Remove the paper from the minis and frost with the white icing.  Frost a smaller circle of white icing atop one of the cupcakes to make the girl’s collar.

    • 2

      Press the heads sideways atop the larger cupcakes, using a little extra chocolate icing if necessary to secure them.

    • 3

      Put a few spoonfuls of white icing into a small ziplock bag. Press out the air and seal the bag. Snip off a tiny corner at the bottom of the bag (start small; you can always enlarge).  Pipe out a square collar in front of the boy Pilgrim’s face.

    • 4

      Use decorating gel to pipe on eyes and mouth, and a little bit of hair at the top of each “face,” if you like.

    • 5

      Use a dab of chocolate icing to stick an unwrapped mini Reece’s, top side down, atop the chocolate wafer cookie. Use more icing to stick it atop the boy’s head—if necessary, you may need to trim a bit off the top of the mini cupcake to flatten it. Once the hat is perched on top, use orange or red decorating gel to pipe a “buckle” at the front of the hat.

    • 6

      Make a cut down one side of the clean cupcake paper and trim off the round flat bottom. Fold the remaining frill around the top of the girl’s head to make a bonnet.

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