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After a few parties of experimentation, I can officially conclude that if you are only going to have one dessert at a kid’s birthday party, stick with cupcakes. They are easy to make (or buy at a bakery in a pinch), less messy than cake and their single serving size makes them perfect for little hands.

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The best part about cupcakes is that you can make simple edible embellishments for the top to match any party theme.  For Little Bug’s party, we used a boxed mix for the cupcake and homemade cream cheese icing. I created these adorable paw print puppy cupcakes to add some sweet puppy themed fun to the party.

You Will Need:

Cupcakes
White frosting – I recommend this easy cream cheese icing
Peppermint patties
Chocolate chips

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1. Frost your cupcakes with white or vanilla frosting.

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2. Add a peppermint patty to the center of the cupcake.

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3. Press chocolate chips around the edges of the peppermint paddy to form a paw print.

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Although I love creating decorations for parties (and cupcakes) from paper, I love the edible variety too. Less waste and much more tasty. The best part… I frosted and decorated these cupcakes within fifteen minutes of the party. It would have been even faster if I’d picked some up pre-frosted from the bakery.

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We did get a surprise cupcake treat for Little Bug – a large sprinkled cupcake from her favorite cupcake bakery Crumbs. It was better than a slice of birthday cake! And, of course, we couldn’t celebrate turning two without an Elmo candle. Happy Birthday Little Bug!

Happy Celebrating,

Natalie