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Cupcake Parade

Our Cupcake Parade is sure to draw a crowd for Mardi Gras! Displayed on the Cupcakes ´N More® Dessert Stand, each treat features the dazzling colors of the day, topped by costumed candy revelers. Complete the scene with traditional beads, masks and noisemakers.


Difficulty: Somewhat Easy



Each cupcake serves 1.


Step 1

In advance: Make candy faces. Tint portions of melted candy skin tone using orange color from Primary Set and black using black from Garden Set. Mold faces without sticks, filling cavities 1/2 full. Refrigerate until firm. Also: Make fondant hats and masks. Tint 6 oz. fondant each in violet, green, rose and yellow. Add 1 teaspoon Gum-Tex to each fondant color. For hats, roll 3 cone shapes, 1 3/4 x 1/2 in. wide, tapering to a point. Flatten slightly. Attach to heads with melted candy. Using toothpick, score lines across hats to resemble fabric; bend down points. Roll 3/8 in. fondant balls and attach to points with melted candy. Using melted black candy in cut parchment bag, pipe eyes and mouth; let set. For masks, cut 1 1/4 in. diameter fondant circles; cut each in half. Using paring knife, cut curve on straight bottom and 2 small eyeholes. Attach to faces with melted candy. Cut feathers using smallest leaf Cut-Out; trim off bottoms for side feathers. Score vein lines using toothpick. Bend feathers; attach to faces with melted candy. For fringe, cut strips 1 1/4 x 3/4 in. wide; cut slits using scissors. Attach to faces with melted candy.

Step 2

Decorate dessert stand by attaching bead garlands to bottom row with hot glue.

Step 3

Bake cupcakes in Gold Foil Standard Baking Cups. Cool completely on Cooling Grid.

Step 4

Prepare buttercream icing recipe. With portions yellow, green, violet and rose buttercream icing in bags fitted with Open Star Decorating Tip 1M, pipe a swirl on each cupcake top. Spray tops with Color Mist; sprinkle with matching color sugar.

Step 5

Position faces on cupcakes. Position cupcakes on stand. For topper, cut craft block to a 2 in. diameter x 1 1/2 in. high circle. Wrap sides with ribbon. Attach masks and beads to cookie treat sticks with hot glue; insert in container. Attach beads to base and top of craft block with hot glue. Attach bows to masks with hot glue. Position topper on stand; secure with hot glue.