January 12, 2010

Birthday Cupcakes

1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. canola oil
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. honey
1 egg
1 c. applesauce

Preheat oven to 350. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. beat oil, sugar and honey with mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg. Add flour mixture alternating with applesauce, starting and ending with flour until blended.
Line 18 muffin cups. Fill with batter, bake 18-22 minutes.

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
10 oz. marshmallow fluff
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
6-8 drops red food coloring
9 froot loops cereal straws, halved
9 spice drops, halved
1 tube white decorating frosting

Beat butter with mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in marshmallow cream, then sugar and vanilla. Stir in food coloring. Spoon into pastry bag with 1/2" star tip and pipe. Insert straw into center. Mold spice drops to look like flame; attach with white frosting. Draw lines with frosting to look like wax drippings.

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