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ABC Block Cupcakes

Makes: 12 to 24 servings
Serving size: 1 cupcake
Start to Finish 1 hr
ABC Block Cupcakes
Ingredients
  • 2  cups  Creamy White Frosting or one 16-ounce can white frosting
  • 12  large or 24 small baked square* cupcakes
  •  Pastel-color paste food coloring
  •  Powdered sugar
  • 2  ounces  purchased white rolled fondant**
Directions

1. Place 1/4 cup frosting in a decorating bag fitted with a small star tip; set aside. Place 1-1/2 cups frosting in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) about 30 seconds or until just melted. Frost the cupcakes with the melted white frosting. Divide remaining frosting into three portions; using paste food coloring, tint each portion a different color. Place frostings in separate pastry bags fitted with small round tips, or place in resealable plastic bags and snip off a small piece from one corner of each bag. Pipe colored square outlines on tops of cupcakes. Pipe white stars in corners; pipe dots in centers of stars.

2. On a surface lightly dusted with powdered sugar, divide fondant into three portions. Tint each portion a different color with food coloring. Knead each portion until evenly colored.*** (Work with one portion of fondant at a time and keep fondant covered when not using.) Roll out fondant to 1/8-inch thickness.

3. Use 1-1/2- to 2-1/2-inch alphabet or number cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Place the letters on frosted cupcakes. If desired, use frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip to pipe outlines on the letters with frosting. Makes 12 large or 24 small cupcakes.

From the Test Kitchen*Test Kitchen Tip:
  • Square muffin pans vary in size. For 12 large cupcakes, use 2-1/2-inch square muffin cups that are 1-1/2 inches deep. For 24 smaller cupcakes, use 2-1/2 inch square muffin cups that are 7/8 inch deep, spooning 1/4 cup batter into each. If you do not have square muffin cups, use 2-1/2-inch round muffin cups lined with paper bake cups.
**Test Kitchen Tip:
  • White rolled fondant can be found in the cake decorating department of most hobby and crafts stores.
***Test Kitchen Tip:
  • If you like, wear plastic gloves to keep from discoloring your hands.
Creamy White Frosting

Yield: about 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 1  cup  shortening
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  vanilla
  • 1/2  teaspoon  almond extract
  • 4  cups  powdered sugar
  • 3 - 4  tablespoons  milk
Directions

1. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening, vanilla, and almond extract with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Add 2 tablespoons of the milk. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar. Gradually add milk until frosting reaches a spreading consistency. Makes about 3 cups.

Nutrition Facts (ABC Block Cupcakes)
  • Servings Per Recipe 12,
  • cal. (kcal) 397,
  • Fat, total (g) 18,
  • chol. (mg) 43,
  • sat. fat (g) 7,
  • carb. (g) 57,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 5,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 46,
  • pro. (g) 3,
  • vit. A (IU) 243,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 1,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 28,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 133,
  • Potassium (mg) 50,
  • calcium (mg) 30,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Nutrition Facts (Creamy White Frosting)
  • cal. (kcal) 298,
  • Fat, total (g) 16,
  • chol. (mg) 0,
  • sat. fat (g) 4,
  • carb. (g) 38,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 2,
  • fiber (g) 0,
  • pro. (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 2,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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