These little cupcakes are so pie-like you’ll want to cool them on your windowsill before you eat them! Bring them to any bake sale and watch them turn heads.
- Tint the vanilla frosting with 3 to 4 drops of the yellow food coloring and the cocoa powder to make a light brown for the piecrust. Spread some of the frosting on top of a cupcake, leaving the 1/4 inch of the cupcake edge exposed. For the filling, arrange about 25 like-colored jelly beans close together on top of the cupcake. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes and like-colored jelly beans.
- Spoon the remaining light brown frosting into a ziplock bag, press out the excess air, and seal. Snip a small (1/8 inch) corner from the bag. For the lattice rust, pipe 4 or 5 lines across the top of a cupcake, about ½ inch apart. Pipe 4 or 5 more lines, on the diagonal. Pipe a beaded edge around top of cupcake. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes and frosting.
- Arrange the cupcakes on a wire rack and make bake-sale tags to display the cupcakes.
MAKES 24 BAKE-SALE PIES
For more great cupcake recipes by Karen Tack and Allan Richardson, check out Hello, Cupcake!, available here.