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Pot of Gold Cupcakes

Pot of Gold Cupcakes
This cupcake design is a fun way to use the mini “Pots of Gold” candies that are shown in How to Build a Gingerbread House by Christina Banner.  An easy rainbow swirl is done using colored chocolate candies, with the little pot of gold at the end.  You can use your favorite cupcake recipe for this project, or simply purchase cupcakes from a bakery.
These directions are for 24 cupcakes, but you can easily adjust the amount by the using more or fewer of the candy decorating items.
For 24 cupcakes, you will need:
24 cupcakes iced in white, pale blue, and/or pale green frosting
48 miniature marshmallows
White nonpareil sprinkles
An 8-oz bag of regular M&Ms milk chocolate candies
To assemble the cupcakes:
Begin by snipping the marshmallows in half using kitchen scissors. 
Using 4 marshmallow halves per cupcake, make a little marshmallow cloud on the left side of the cupcake, pushing the marshmallow halves into the icing and slightly overlapping them.  You will find that the sticky cut-side of the marshmallow will stick easily to another marshmallow piece as you build the little cloud.  
Coat the very edge of the icing all around the cupcake in white nonpareil sprinkles.
Separate the M&Ms into red, orange, yellow, green, and blue piles.  
Start building the rainbow by placing the M&Ms in the icing on-end, rather than flat, as shown below. 
Continue arranging the M&Ms in a spiral shape beginning at the cloud and ending in the center of the cupcake, as shown below.  Place two of each color together, using 10 candies per cupcake.
Place the “pot of gold” candy at the end of the rainbow, in the center of the cupcake.

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