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Alligator cupcakes

For my son's birthday, I decided to take an easier approach to the cake this year, so I went with cupcakes.

A while back, my sister went to New York and brought me back this cupcake book, Hello, Cupcake. It has a lot of creative ideas decorating cupcakes with candy. I picked what looked like one of the easiest designs in the book which I thought was well suited for a two year old. Now, I'm not much of a candy person --OK, I'm not a candy person at all, so I had a bit of a time just locating the three or four different candies needed for the alligator cupcakes. In fact the Newman's Own Alphabet cookies were the hardest to find. But I finally tracked it all down and I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

Sadly, since I'm only running at half brain power these days, I forgot to put the teeth on. But I was quite pleased with myself that I happened to have a piece of brown linen fabric which I quickly sewed the edges on and some fresh lily flowers from our little pond in the back yard. I even had green napkins on hand. I can't help my excitement over the little things as this never happens to me. Usually, it's several trips to the store, collecting one item at a time.

I would definitely recommend this book for some fun cupcake ideas, although most of the other designs look quite a bit more involved. It would probably be a really fun activity for kids too.


  1. Wow, this is your easy approach?! It is amazing!! I am too ashamed to even take a photo of my attempts at children's cakes!

  2. how do you make those dog cupcakes? is it icing?

  3. Yes, all the cupcakes in this book are decorated with icing and candy.

  4. Where did you get the banana candy for the alligator's claws?

  5. i love it this cup cake is cute

  6. I made this cake as well and used Andes mints cut diagonally instead of the Newman's Own because I couldn't find any at the local store. They worked great and gave the cupcakes a nice minty flavor.

  7. 100 calories oreo packs work great too! The yellow candy is runts, but we used Mike and Ike's tropical candies for the nails...we chose hot pink to make it a little girly for my daughter, along with a bow, lips, eyelashes, and pearls! :)


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