Whether you invite the March Hare or your best friend to a tea party, this tea set of cupcakes, sent in by two readers, is the perfect thing to serve. Carrie Sharp of Suttons Bay, Michigan, celebrated her daughter Audrey's sixth birthday with the "teacups" plus PB & J tea sandwiches. And it was also teatime in San Antonio, where Andrea Schaper made teapot cupcakes and her husband played the proper British butler, accent and all, for their daughter Alexandrea's sixth birthday.
To make the cups: Frost the sides of the cupcake with white icing. Use shoestring licorice to create the base and rim. Place some icing in a zip-top bag and cut off a very tiny end of one corner to create a pastry bag.
Pipe some frosting over the rim for decoration. Add some M&M's Minis around the side (or use sugar decorations, which come in various shapes). Cut off about one third of the sour ring and insert the rest into the side of the cupcake for a handle.
Make the "tea" with gel icing (brown gel for black tea or mix brown and white gel icing for tea with milk).
To make the teapot: "Glue" two cupcakes together top to top with a dab of icing. Frost the sides and top. Place the sour ring and gumdrop on top for a lid. Embellish with shoestring licorice and M&M's Minis (or any other candies you like). Insert the straight end of the candy cane at an angle for the spout and the curved end sideways for a handle.
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