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Hey, Kids! Let’s Make Cupcakes

Rachel Glaser teaches classes for kids at SWEET MANDY B’S in Lincoln Park (1208 W. Webster Ave.; 773-244-1174, sweetmandybs.com). She reports that Michaels, the national arts-and-crafts emporium, is a great source for baking supplies, including hard-to-find sprinkles, disposable pastry bags, and pro tools. You can buy undressed cupcakes and frostings for home projects from Sweet Mandy B’s. Even easier, let Glaser show your kids how to make these adorable holiday cupcakes (starting December 5; $20 a class).

A Christmas tree cupcake

1. Cut a cube-shaped piece from a cupcake and secure it with a toothpick to the top of your base cupcake. Us­ing a pastry bag fitted with a leaf tip, pipe green frosting in circular layers to form the tree.

2. Mini M&M’s and silver dragées make nice ornaments.

 

 

Menorah cupcake

3. Pretzel pieces are the menorah!

4. Gently press nonpareils into the edges of your cupcake.

 

 

Snowman cupcake

5. Chocolate chips can be eyes and the smile.

6. Cut a triangle from a candy orange slice for a nose.

7. Divide a gumdrop into three pieces for the bow.

8. Sparkly sugar over white frosting looks like snow.

 

 

Ornament cupcake

9. Use a gumdrop for the metal top.

10. Secure decorations on dots of piped frosting.

 

Photography: (cupcakes) Megan Lovejoy

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