Cupcakes and bears.

In the spirit of Christmas and being sad about finding out I need knee surgery…yesterday I made vanilla cupcakes, using a recipe from my new favorite book, The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook.

They turned out splendidly, and everyone has been enjoying them. I like the frosting and “snow” crystal sprinkles on top. The perfect mix of soft and crunchy! I wanted to put some cute cupcake toppers on them like the picture shows in the cookbook, but was too cheap to go to Michaels and get some…..slash didn’t want to stand in line for 45 minutes with 500 frumpy ladies buying Christmas decorations because that’s not my idea of a good time.

So I decided to make a teddy bear cupcake topper instead. I used marzipan, but piped white frosting onto his hat and mittens since marzipan is a little too beige. My hands were dyed bright red for the past 24 hours, but it was totally worth it!!

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