New Years Eve Cupcakes – Stars!

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New Years Eve Cupcakes with Stars

Gorgeous idea for New Years Eve Cupcakes. The festive transparent stars on these cupcakes look like colored class! While they are obviously perfect for New Years Eve, these cupcakes would also be fabulous for other special occasions, including Christmas, birthdays, weddings, etc.

Here’s how to do it:

Candy Stars

* Jolly Ranchers (we had to buy 3 small bags to get enough blue and purple)
* cookie cutters
* non-stick cooking spray
* foil

Champagne Frosting

* 1 cup butter (I have been using I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and it works fine)
* 1 cup shortening
* 2-4 tablespoons Champagne
* 4 cups powdered sugar

# Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
# Cover a cookie sheet with foil.
# Unwrap 4 Jolly Ranchers of the same flavor.
# Note: In the What’s New, Cupcake? book , they crushed the candy before baking it. I wanted the stars to be a little thicker, so I didn’t crush mine.
# Bake for about 4-5 minutes, watch them closely, because they melt super fast.
# Heavily spray cookie cutters with cooking spray and push them into the candy.
# Let it cool until you can touch it.
# Carefully remove the foil from the back of the candy and VERY carefully break off the excess candy, then remove the star from the cookie cutter.
# Place them on wax paper (there is foil under the wax paper for the picture).
# If you have some candy that breaks, like I did, that’s okay, you can still use them by placing that side into the frosting.

Champagne Frosting
# Beat the butter and shortening until creamy, gradually add the powdered sugar and Champagne until desired consistency. You may need to add a little more sugar or liquid depending on how thick or thin you want your frosting.
Add the Decorations
# I baked my cupcakes in silver liners to add a little more sparkle!
# After your cupcakes (any flavor) have cooled, mound frosting in the middle and spread, covering the entire cupcake.
# Sprinkle with white jimmies and white sugar pearls.
# Place your stars in the middle.
# Place them side by side

Source: Hoosier Homemade

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