My mother-in-law sent me this great cupcake book for my birthday, and I have been dying to try out some of the designs! It's called What's New Cupcake, by Karen Tack & Alan Richardson. This was the first recipe I tried and I am SO happy with the results!
Cake mix or cake ingredients
A can of frosting or frosting ingredients
mini or medium sized doughnuts
green soft candy, like tootsie rolls or airheads
red food coloring
First, make your cupcake batter and dye it reddish pink. We used a recipe from the book, but you could use any recipe.
Wait patiently for them to bake (patience optional).
While you are waiting, roll out the green candy into a sheet.
Nice and flat:
Cut it into rectangles, and shape each piece into a leaf.
Cut the tootsie rolls in quarters lengthwise and shape into a stem (not pictured).
There they are, cooling nicely.
While they cool, whip up your frosting (or open your can), and add red food coloring.
Slice the top off the cupcakes to make them flat. Cut the doughnuts in half, and bevel the edges if necessary so you get a nice curved apple shape. Use frosting to glue the doughnut piece onto the top of the cupcake. Then frosting the entire thing.
Gently roll the cupcakes in a bowl of red sugar to coat. Add the leaf and stem.
Admire! You have just made a fantastic cupcake!
There are a ton more ideas in the book and it's reasonably priced, so I recommend checking it out. The designs are simple once you see how they are done!