December 12, 2016

“Peace on Earth. Good will to men.” Important words to remember this time of year—and just about always. And to celebrate that very idea, we’ve concocted, what else, a cupcake—a “Peace Dove” cupcake.

As an early holiday gift to you, here’s the entire recipe:

To make our Peace Dove, start by attaching a doughnut hole to a cupcake (for the head), using frosting as glue.

Freeze it 15 minutes and then cover the head and cupcake in a smooth coating of frosting.

Gently roll the entire assembly in white decorating sugar to cover. Place the cupcake in the refrigerator while you prepare the wings and beak.

For the wings, snap one Pringle potato chip in half lengthwise. For the tail feathers, snap one Pringle chip lengthwise into quarters. Melt 1/4 cup candy melts in the microwave, stirring every 10 seconds, until smooth. Brush one side of each piece of Pringle chip with the melted candy. Sprinkle the soft melted candy with white decorating sugar to coat. Refrigerate until set, about 5 minutes.

For the beak, snip 2 small triangles from a circus peanut candy. For the olive branch, cut a green licorice lace into a 6 inch length and 6 small 1/2 inch pieces cut on a diagonal.

To assemble, use a small paring knife to make a small slit for the wings in each side of the cupcake and four small slits at the back side for the tail feathers. Insert the two wings and the four tail feathers in the slits.

Press the two circus peanut triangles into the front of the head for the beak. Add two dots of frosting to the head and attach M&M Minis for the eyes. Give each eye a white highlight.

Place the long piece of licorice lace in the beak and make six small dots of frosting along the lace at even intervals.

Add the small pieces of licorice lace and two or three white pearlized sprinkles to each dot of frosting to finish the olive branch.

And there you have it—a delicious desert that’ll warm your insides in more ways than one.

Peace everyone,

Alan and Karen

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