Gumdrop Garnish

Sandra Lee  |  2014-11-25 16:38:27  |  Sandra Lee Blog

To lend cupcakes an old-fashioned elfin appearance, top with a swirl of white buttercream, using a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. 

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Sugar-Cookie Cupcake Cuties

Sandra Lee  |  2014-11-25 10:23:38  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Here’s proof that decked-out cupcakes can be easy as pie.

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Haute Chocolate

Sandra Lee  |  2014-11-14 13:35:11  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Place a cupcake in a festive wrapper and, using a pastry bag fitted with a star tip, swirl frosting.

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The #CMAawards air TONIGHT LIVE from Nashville on ABC!

Sandra Lee  |  2014-11-03 16:58:38  |  Sandra Lee Blog

It’s here!  The BIGGEST night in Country Music, airs Live from Nashville on ABC.

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One More Day Until the #CMAawards!

Sandra Lee  |  2014-11-03 16:17:12  |  Sandra Lee Blog

One more day!  I LOVE the #CMAawards.  Hosted for the seventh consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Country Music’s Biggest Night™ airs Live Wednesday, Nov. 5 from Nashville on ABC.  

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(sp)ice cream cocktail

Sandra Lee  |  2014-11-03 15:28:57  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Greet guests with sparkling wine, topped with ice cream (or a pink sorbet).

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(sp)ice cream

Sandra Lee  |  2014-11-03 15:23:28  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Dessert deserves the candy-cane treatment, too.

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Countdown to the 48th Annual CMA Awards on ABC!

Sandra Lee  |  2014-11-03 12:02:02  |  Sandra Lee Blog

With performances by Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert (with Meghan Trainor), Little Big Town (with Ariana Grande) and more, you can bet I’m counting down to the 48th Annual CMA Awards on ABC, Wednesday, November 5th at 8 PM/7C with finger-lickin-good appetizers and boot-kicking cocktails from the Special Holiday Issue of Sandra Lee Magazine for entertaining at home, that reflect all the excitement of Country Music’s Biggest Night™.  

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Cupcake Critters

Sandra Lee  |  2014-10-17 12:58:14  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Bake a big batch of Deep Black Chocolate Cupcakes and use vanilla and tinted frosting to adhere cookies and candies.

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Spirits and Skulls

Sandra Lee  |  2014-10-16 12:07:17  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Bake a batch of Deep Black Chocolate Cupcakes.

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Martini Macabre

Sandra Lee  |  2014-10-13 11:04:12  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Make a martini macabre by rimming the glass with red cake-decorating gel. 

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Sticks and Bones

Sandra Lee  |  2014-10-10 15:41:14  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Need a spine-chilling treat? Make classic caramel apples, and while they are still tacky, press edible bone-shaped sprinkles into caramel; adhere a plastic skeleton to the stick. 

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Spirited Centerpiece

Sandra Lee  |  2014-10-10 15:28:05  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Arrange flowers in your favorite team’s colors (we mixed orange gerbera daisies and roses with green dendrobrium orchids and dahlias) in a tin teapot.

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Tattered & Tarnished

Sandra Lee  |  2014-10-09 14:13:09  |  Sandra Lee Blog

For bedraggled old-world glamour, make orange and pink flowers (like ranunculus and roses) appear to be past their bloom by lightly spraying their edges with metallic paint.

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Dead Tasty

Sandra Lee  |  2014-10-08 10:22:22  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Bake or purchase cupcakes, then frost and place them in festive wrappers.

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Candy Corn Cakes

Sandra Lee  |  2014-10-06 15:15:00  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Bake or purchase cupcakes, frost them with white icing, and place in orange wrappers.

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Black-as-Night Apples

Sandra Lee  |  2014-10-02 17:27:34  |  Sandra Lee Blog

To make these midnight snacks, roll a batch of caramel apples in a mix of black sanding sugar and jimmies.

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Crazy Kebabs

Sandra Lee  |  2014-10-01 14:42:45  |  Sandra Lee Blog

To craft these cuties, coat long skewers with baking spray and press them through soft candies and marshmallows!

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