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1 decorated cupcake (serving size: 1 cupcake)
Photo: Tami Hardeman

How to Make It

Step 1

Add a thin layer of vanilla frosting to the top of the whole cupcake. 

Step 2

Place 2 caramels in a microwave-safe dish and Microwave on HIGH 2-3 seconds or until softened.  Press caramels together and roll between the palms of hands to form into a ball. Roll or press out the caramel ball into a 1/8-inch in thickness on wax or parchment paper. Cut out a circle using a 2 ½-inch round cutter, reserving excess caramel.  Place caramel circle on top of the cupcake to cover the entire top surface.

Step 3

Using a knife or tear drop-shaped cutter, cut 2 small triangular ears from the excess unused-rolled caramel. Place one ear at “11 o’clock” and the other at “1 o’clock”, and fold them inward, over the caramel circle that covers the cupcake.

Step 4

Fit a piping bag with a #12 tip. Fill with vanilla frosting.  Pipe a round disk, the size of a quarter, on the bottom of the frosted cupcake near the “6 o’clock” position. (This can also be done with a small spatula.)

Step 5

Place 2 caramels in a microwave-safe dish and Microwave on HIGH 2-3 seconds or until softened.  Press together and roll between the palms of hands to form into a ball, then into a rope the length of the cupcake’s diameter. Shape into a boomerang  or a “C” and place upside down on the cupcake.  The center of the rope should line up with the center of the cupcake and the two sides should arch downward.

Step 6

Fill a small piping bag with dark chocolate frosting.  Use a #2 or 3 tip and pipe 2 dots of dark chocolate frosting for the eyes or add mini candies, if preferred. Pipe eyebrows above the eyes.

Step 7

Pipe 2 teeth with vanilla frosting. Place a small brown or black candy on top of the rope for a nose.  This can also be done with a jelly bean or by piping frosting.

Step 8

Using a knife, toothpick, or veining tool, form the face wrinkles in the bulldog’s face, as well as the mouth below the jowls. 

Step 9

 

Chef's Notes

For the basic frosting on top of each cupcake, you’ll only need enough to lightly coat the top of each cupcake, about ¼ cup frosting per cupcake. Too much frosting on the cupcake will make it harder to decorate into the puppy face.

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