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DIY Carrot Cupcakes for Kids

April 1, 2009
By Cindy Littlefield
  • Orange Starburst candies (one for each carrot)
  • Kitchen skewer or toothpick
  • Kitchen scissors
  • Green Twizzlers
  • Batch of cupcakes
  • White frosting
  • Cinnamon sugar

Instructions:

1. With clean hands, knead each Starburst candy and roll it into a mini carrot shape. If the candy is too stiff, you can microwave it for 4 or 5 seconds. But don’t overdo it — the candy will melt if it’s overheated.

2. Use the skewer or toothpick to make a hole about 1/4-inch deep in the top of each carrot. Step 2
3. Cut 1 1/2-inch lengths from a Twizzler and then snip them in half vertically. Turn each half into a leafy top by cutting fringe in one end. Step 3
4. Insert the carrot tops into the holes in the carrots. If they don’t fit, try trimming the bases a bit to taper them. Or use the skewer tip to gently push them in place. Step 4

5. When all the carrots are made (you’ll want 2 or 3 per cupcake), frost the cupcakes and sprinkle the centers with cinnamon sugar to resemble a patch of sandy soil.

6. “Plant” the carrots in the cupcakes, leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the orange candy showing.

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