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An Apple For The Teacher Cupcakes In A Basket

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Surprisingly scrumptious cupcake treats for your teacher.

They say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. And some say that giving an apple to your teachers is one of the best ways to butter them up. Either ways, apples will always be tempting and such a beneficial snack.

Now give it a little twist. Instead of giving out or eating real apples, why not try making apples out of cupcakes? Or rather why not turn cupcakes into very tempting apples in a basket.

This cool bunch makes one basket of 7 apple cupcakes. In addition to the cupcakes, you will need doughnuts, tootsie rolls, fruit-chew, sun flower seeds and a few more stuff to finish them up.

So let’s get started.

An Apple For The Teacher Cupcakes

7 vanilla cupcakes baked in red paper liners
7 mini plain or chocolate-covered doughnuts
1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
4 chocolate chews (Tootsie Rolls)C 02b
4 green fruit chews (Jolly Rancher, Tootsie Fruit Rolls)

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1 cup red decorating sugar

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Red food coloring (use paste food coloring for a darker red)
3 black candy-coated chocolate-covered sunflower seeds (Sunny Seed Drops)

Start by cutting 1/2 inch from the bottom of each mini doughnut with a serrated knife and discard bottom piece. Spread vanilla frosting on the cupcakes and place a mini doughnut piece, cut side down, on top of each. And then place the cupcakes in the freezer for 10 minutes, until slightly frozen.

For the stems, cut the unwrapped chocolate chews in half lengthwise on the diagonal and shape into stems. For the leaves, roll out the green fruit chews 1/8 inch thick, then cut into ten 1 1/2-by-3/4-inch leaf shapes. Make a crease down the center of each leaf with the back of a paring knife and pinch one end of each leaf.
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Place the red sugar in a medium shallow bowl. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the vanilla frosting into a small ziplock bag, press out the excess air, and seal. Tint the remaining vanilla frosting in the can red with the food coloring.

With 1 cupcake at a time, spread some of the red frosting on the top and sides of the doughnut and cupcake to fill in the gaps and lightly coat, making the doughnut look like the top of an apple. Roll the frosted cupcake in the red sugar to coat. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.

To create a bite from the apple, carefully remove a 1 1/2-inch-diameter divot from the top of 1 of the sugar-coated doughnuts, using fork tines or a paring knife. Snip a small (1/8-inch) corner from the bag with the vanilla frosting and pipe a thin layer of frosting to cover the exposed area inside the divot. Spread lightly with the back of a small spoon to smooth. For the apple seeds, arrange the sunflower seeds, pointed ends toward the center.

Insert the chocolate-chew stems with the green fruit-chew leaves at the top of the apple cupcakes. Finally, arrange the cupcakes in a basket to make it a realistic look.

Now share your apples with everyone. :-)



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