Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Groundhog Day Chocolate Cupcakes: Punxsutawney Phil!

I love to decorate cupcakes and cakes for special occasions. February 2 is the day when Punxsutawney Phil peaks his head out, and, if he sees his shadow and returns to his hole, it means there will be another 6 weeks of winter. If he doesn't see his shadow and comes out, there will be 6 more weeks of winter. Today he saw his shadow, so Spring is a long time away! This holiday was brought to international attention by the film Groundhog Day with Bill Murray, although it was already a National holiday!

Here's an adorable decorating suggestion for "Cupcakes for Young and Old" to enjoy. This is from (not my photo, alas, but Marg's on She did a great job, don't you think? For this holiday, you can make your own cupcakes or buy rich chocolate-y ones at your favorite bakery and decorate!


Groundhog Day Chocolate Cupcakes (Decorating)

12 baked chocolate cupcakes
6 Almond Joy candy bars
10 white jelly beans
3 watermelon slice candy
48 brown miniature M&Ms
4 chocolate cookies
white frosting
black decorating gel

Remove a piece of cake the width of an Almond Joy candy from the center of a baked cupcake.
Set candy bar upright in hole, then spread a layer of white frosting on the cupcake.
For groundhog's eyes, trim ends from a white jelly bean, stick them in place with frosting, then dot them with black decorators' gel.
Add a tiny triangle cut from a watermelon slice candy for a nose, brown M&Ms Minis for ears and cheeks, and a tiny rectangular piece of white jelly bean for teeth.
Sprinkle chocolate cookie crumbs around the partially emerged groundhog, for dirt!

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