Lucky Duck Cupcakes


It's always fun to decorate cupcakes - your kids will love making their own lucky ducks!

By Kathy Oberman

 

Cupcakes are a child's delight. These cute ones are simple to make and even young children can make their own duck faces on the fluffy, white icing.

Your kids will have lots of fun baking and decorating these adorable lucky duck cupcakes!

Making Lucky Duck Cupcakes
Help the kids gather the equipment for the cupcakes: two 12-cup cupcake pans and paper or foil liners.

Next, assemble the ingredients for the batter. Sure, you can make this with a box mix, but our recipe results in yummy, tender cakes.

Kids will need adult supervision while they mix the batter, but it's magical to see eggs, butter, flour, and sugar transform into smooth cake batter.

Very young children can insert the paper or foil cupcake liners in the cupcake tins. Everyone can take turns spoon the batter into the cups until they are almost full. Don't top them off, or they will rise too high, spill over the pan, and be hard to remove.

The cupcakes bake in about 20 minutes. Test them with a toothpick stuck in the center of one cake. If it comes out clean, the cakes are done. Be sure to use oven mitts and be very careful around the hot oven.

Let the cupcakes cool completely on wire racks before frosting them.

Decorating Lucky Duck Cupcakes
A simple, fluffy white buttercream frosting suits these little ducks. This is a recipe a grown up will have to make. If you want, use commercial canned frosting, or make your personal favorite. How about chocolate? Just make sure the frosting is stiff enough to hold the cookie beaks in place.

Remove a little frosting from the rest and mix it with dark food coloring or cocoa. You will use this to make the eyes.

You will also need sandwich cookies (we use Oreos), colorful sprinkles, and mini marshmallows.

Set the cupcakes on a wax paper-lined baking tray (for easy clean-up).

Show the kids how to plop a mound of frosting on top of the cupcakes and then smooth it over the cakes, still mounded so that they resemble snow balls.

Next, they should sprinkle the colorful sprinkles over the frosting to cover it. They can use a single color or mix them up for a multi-color duck!

Stick a cookie in halfway down the mound of frosting frosting for the duck's beak.

Next, make mini-marshmallow eyes. Insert the marshmallows above the beaks and make eyeballs with dots of the darker frosting.

Use a toothpick or small spoon to dot the marshmallow eyeballs with dark frosting.

Or, if your kids are old enough and you have the equipment, use a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip to dab on the eyes. Another trick is to put the frosting in a small plastic bag and snip a corner. Squeeze the frosting through the tiny opening.

The Lucky Duck Cupcakes are ready. They're so adorable, your kids might be unwilling to eat them…. Well, on second thought, probably not!