...so i know you are thinking "again with the little people cupcake toppers"? i know i know, sorry! but i can't seem to stop myself, but i have a feeling i'm about out of ideas...but how about some mini santas....?
mini saint nick is made the same way as the gnomes--the body/head is a hershey's chocolate bell (which you should be able to find these days), the hat is a candy coated bugle, and the rest of the detail is candy melt, an edible food writer, and a black sprinkle for the belt....
also added some hershey kiss christmas trees (use either 2 or 3 hershey kisses--cut off the very tip of the kisses not on top) then use candy melt or white chocolate to stick them together...add a star sprinkle on the top....(i saw these trees made from kisses and peanut butter cups which are so very cute, but my kids have peanut butter allergies so figured why not use all hershey's kisses for this)
....thee little guys were added to some red velvet cupcakes for a party.....made from scratch from this mocha muffin recipe over at the food librarian....(i added some food gel to get the red color, but essentially used the same recipe and now they are "red velvet"!)
and although they are muffins, they are now cupcakes since i added some cream cheese buttercream on top (oh what is cream cheese buttercream? thanks for asking! it's my go to buttercream recipe--but i had 1/2 can of duncan hines cream cheese frosting leftover from another goodie, so in an attempt to not waste, i added that to the homemade buttercream....and i have to say, very tasty! i really don't like store bought icing anymore, so adding a little to the homemade was actually very nice and not too cream cheesy...and the whole shebang made for a quite tasty cupcake :)
AND...of course just to show you, my little guys don't always come out perfect--this guy was not loving the dunk in candy melt (too blobby)....and as i was about to call one of the kids over to see if they wanted to eat him, i kinda thought "eat him"....yeah actually he could be a great little zombie....and what's better than a santa zombie???!
...i'm sure there's a tv show or movie in here somewhere....santa brings presents and also looks for something for himself---like BRAINS!....but only the kids who have been naughty.....right right? are you with me...?!!
ok, maybe not, we don't want to give little kids nightmares about santa (like that creepy elf on a shelf---i know there are lots of fun things he's doing at night, but really if i was a little kid i'd be like "mom, can we throw him away, he's giving me the heebie jeebies!")
...anyhoo at least he is a cute santa zombie, no??? and i can't promise i'm totally done with making these little guys, but there will be a break (for now!)...thanks for stopping by, and have an awesome week!
Also entering these santa cupcakes in the Creative Holiday Recipe Contest being hosted by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen and Cookies and Cups! (wish me luck!)