It's fun and easy for kids to help cut out the stencil and shake the sugar.
Vanilla frosting - your favorite can or recipe
Red Sugar Crystals
Thin cardstock - I used the reply card from a magazine
How to Make
Frost the cupcakes with a good slather of frosting. To get the smoothest finish, first spread a the frosting on the cupcake and let it set for a few minutes. Then dip a small metal spatula into very hot water, wipe on a kitchen towel, and smooth the frosting with the warm spatula.
Cut a 2-inch heart shape from the cardstock. Lay the cardstock on the top of the frosting, pressing lightly.
Sprinkle the exposed frosting generously with sugar crystals. Turn the cupcake over a plate or the sink and tap off the excess sugar. Gently lift the stencil from the cupcake.
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or a double boiler. Transfer the melted chocolate to a parchment cone or plastic sandwich baggie and snip off the tip.
Pipe the two pieces of the arrow - the tip and the tail - onto a piece of waxed paper and chill until firm. Press the arrow pieces into the sugar heart.
Home Made for the Holidays
- Avoid clutter. Keep the background simple -- your cupcake or sweet treat is the star!
- Daytime, natural light is best. If your area is bright enough, try taking the photo without the flash.
- Upload a horizontal photo. If you crop the image on your computer, make sure you keep a landscape 4:3 aspect ratio.
- For best results, make your image 1200x900 (or "save for web").
- With a digital camera, you can take as many photos as possible and choose the best one. Have fun!