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Hog Wild for You!!!

Contest Photo by: sooooofun
Salem, OR
Category: Cupcakes

Description

These cute pig cupcakes are simple and fun to make.
Hearts adorn these pink pigs making them perfect for Valentines Day. Place them on a small pink plate, add a curly pipe cleaner tail and the kids will surely squeal with delight!!!

Ingredients

Cupcakes:
Favorite cake mix and necessary ingredients

Buttercream Frosting:
Store boughten or recipe below:

1 lb. powder sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
Milk
Pink food coloring

Decorations:
Large pink marshmallows
Large and small conversation hearts
Chocolate chips
Red shoestring licorice

How to Make

  • Make cupcakes as directed on mix. Cool completely.

  • Frosting:
    Combine powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add milk one tablespoon at a time until desired consistancy. Set aside a small amount for white eyes and add pink food coloring to remaining frosting. Beat until fluffy.

  • Frost cupcakes. To decorate, cut marshmallows in half, place cut side up on the center of the cupcake. Place 2 heart sprinkles on top of marshmallow. For eyes pipe 2 white mounds and press in chocolate chips, flat side up. Shape mouth with licorice and pipe pink frosting cheeks over licorice ends. Place large hearts on for ears, and set small heart on top of each lg. heart. To resemble a pig body serve each cupcake on a small pink plate and add a curly pink pipecleaner tail and heart feet.

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