One of my favorite cookbook (if you can call it that) is Hello, Cupcake! It has the most AMAZING cupcakes in it. The best part is that the instructions are so easy (in the book) that even someone like me, who has NO skill can do it! This one is by the same people but not in the book, and I thought with school starting soon these were perfect I even included a picture so that you can see just how cute and yummy they are!
What you'll need:
Red food coloring
1/4 cup vanilla frosting
1 mini plain doughnut
1 unfrosted vanilla cupcake
1/4 cup red decorating sugar
1 chocolate caramel, Tootsie Roll
1 spearmint leaf
1.Tint the vanilla frosting red with the food coloring. Cut the doughnut in half crosswise to get 2 circles (the same way you'd cut a bagel into two halves). Spread some of the red frosting on top of the cupcake. Place one doughnut half on top of the cupcake, rounded side up, and cover with the remaining frosting to create a rounded top with an indent in the center. Make the frosting as smooth as possible.
2.Place the sugar in a small shallow bowl. Gently roll the top of the cupcake in the red sugar to coat evenly. Smooth the sides by gently pressing with fingertips.
3.Cut the Tootsie Roll in half lengthwise and gently roll one end between your fingers to make it pointed. Curve slightly to make the stem. Cut the spearmint leaf in half crosswise to get 2 leaves.
4.Insert the Tootsie Roll stem, pointed end into cupcake, in the indentation as the stem. Place a leaf near the stem.
P.S. I'm pretty sure the instructions are for one cupcake so if you plan on making more plan accordingly. Also it doesn't tell you how to make the cute one with the whole in it or the one on the cover of the magazine that has a worm in it but I know how to do them both if you want to give them a try, so just ask!