Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes

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Have a sweet treat this holiday season with these delicious Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes. These Nutcracker-inspired treats are perfect for Christmas.

Have a sweet treat this holiday season with these delicious Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes. These Nutcracker-inspired treats are perfect for Christmas. #Nutcracker #SugarPlumFairy #Christmas #ChristmasDessert #Cupcakes #ChristmasCookies #Ballet

I love it each holiday season when the Christmas Classic, The Nutcracker, comes to life. I am a huge fan of the world of dance. While I am a far cry from being close to a professional, the Nutcracker music itself gets me dancing around the house as if I should be on stage. Don’t worry though, that is not going to happen. I just like to relive my youthful ballet, jazz and tap days in the privacy of my own home. This week is the official Christmas kick-off here and I am starting things off on a sweet note with these Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes. I have a lot of delicious sweets, treats and Christmas craft ideas to share with you over the coming weeks, so stay tuned. Make sure you sign up for my email list so you can get notifications for all these posts.

These cupcakes were inspired by the new Disney Movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. They are perfect for any holiday party you may be having. It’s a nice change from the traditional Christmas cookie too. For the recipe, I simply doctored up a box of cake mix but you can make them from scratch. My favorite scratch vanilla cupcake is this Vanilla Bake Shop Cupcake recipe. This is one of the very first recipes I shared here when I first started the blog. You will notice how old the post is by how bad my photography skills were – Ha! I would definitely say that my photo taking skills have improved.

Have a sweet treat this holiday season with these delicious Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes. These Nutcracker-inspired treats are perfect for Christmas. #Nutcracker #SugarPlumFairy #Christmas #ChristmasDessert #Cupcakes #ChristmasCookies #Ballet

And don’t be intimidated by the royal icing snowflakes. If you are unsure about making them, you may even be able to find pre-made edible snowflakes in the baking section of your local craft store or online.

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Have a sweet treat this holiday season with these delicious Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes. These Nutcracker-inspired treats are perfect for Christmas. #Nutcracker #SugarPlumFairy #Christmas #ChristmasDessert #Cupcakes #ChristmasCookies #Ballet
Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Have a sweet treat this holiday season with these delicious Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes. These Nutcracker-inspired treats are perfect for Christmas.

Course: Dessert
Keyword: Christmas Dessert, cupcakes
Servings: 22 cupcakes
Author: Melissa
Ingredients
Royal Icing Snowflakes
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cup powder sugar
  • 1 disposable piping bag fitted with number 2 tip
  • 1 cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
Cupcake Ingredients
  • 1 Box of French Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 3 Large eggs room temp
  • 1/2 cup Butter, softened
  • 1 cup Whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-2 Drops of purple food coloring
  • Purple polka dot cupcake liners
Frosting Ingredients
  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cup Powder Sugar
  • 1 tespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3-5 tablespoon Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1-3 Drops of purple food coloring
  • 1 container of white sugar sprinkles
  • 1 large piping bag fitted with a star tip
Instructions
Royal Icing Directions:
  1. Using the standing mixer, combine the egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla and powder sugar and mix until combined and stiff peaks form.

  2. Using the piping bag, pipe out 24 thick snowflakes.

  3. Allow to dry overnight.

Cupcake Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line cupcake pan with the purple cupcake liners.

  3. In a medium bowl, add the cake mix, butter, milk, and vanilla extract, food coloring and stir until combined.

  4. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 21 minutes.
  6. Pull out the cupcakes and allow to cool before frosting.
Icing Directions
  1. Using a stand mixer, combine all ingredients and mix on medium speed.
  2. Mix until you see stiffed peaks in your frosting.
  3. Split the frosting into two bowls, leaving one of them white.

  4. Mix in the 1-3 drops of purple food coloring into the second bowl and mix until you get a light lilac color.

  5. Using a butter knife, scoop the lilac color onto three sides of the piping bag.

  6. Spoon in white icing.

  7. Frost the cooled cupcakes and sprinkle some white sprinkles.

  8. Carefully peel off a snowflake and place into the side of the frosting.

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Have a sweet treat this holiday season with these delicious Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes. These Nutcracker-inspired treats are perfect for Christmas. #Nutcracker #SugarPlumFairy #Christmas #ChristmasDessert #Cupcakes #ChristmasCookies #Ballet

 

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