These creations popped into my head one morning as I was contemplating the plight of the mail man - the rude jokes, the snow-drifts to stomp through, the angry recipients. Think about it, who gets yelled at when there's postage due? Bad news by certified mail? Returned items? Missing packages?
Start with pound-cake cupcakes.
They will look beautiful, golden and yummy. They are dense - so dense they won't mind if you drool as you stare longingly at them.
Whip up some basic cream cheese frosting.
Frost the cupcakes liberally. I gave them each a sorta drift-y look. They are supposed to look like fresh snow if you get me drift.
I love that they can be so messy. I've never been a perfect frosting person.
Ahhhhh... Just the look I was going for.
Now sprinkle them with some clear sugar sprinkles.
Gently break the tops off some candy canes.
With the tip of your knife scoop out most of the caramel.
Melt some candy wafers, dip the tip of a peppermint stick into the chocolate and attach it to the bottom of each Treasure. You have to hold it on for a second while the chocolate sets. Place them carefully in the fridge to finish cooling.
Cut the bottom and sides off chocolate melting wafers.
Leave the top rounded.
Dip the flat end in the melted chocolate and attach like this.
Let the chocolate set up completely.
You can add some "mail" by slicing some more gum into small rectangles of varying width and pushing them gently into the "mail-box", the caramel left inside holds them nicely. I also drizzled a bit of the icing over the top for a snowy look and added just a pinch of the sugar sprinkles for some sparkle. All that's left is to poke the peppermint stick into the cupcake. Now you know why that density was important, it holds the weight better.
The sweetness is killing me. I'm not sure I can take it.
Going Postal in NE
12 Pound-cake Cupcakes
White Cream Cheese Frosting
Clear Sugar Sprinkles
1 Cup plus 12 Chocolate Melting Wafers, divided
12 Candy canes
12 Nestles Treasures Milk Chocolate Caramel Candies
3 Stick white chewing gum
3 Hot Tamale candies