Cream Cheese Frosting & Decoration
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Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Lime fruit slice candy
  1. Beat cream cheese in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle until smooth; scrape down sides of bowl. Add butter; mix, scraping down sides of bowl as needed, until smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually mix in confectioners' sugar; add vanilla. Mix until smooth, about 1 minute.
  2. Slowly mix in red gel food coloring until you achieve your desired red color. Frost cupcakes.
  3. Use a knife to cut the lime candies into small leaf shapes. Break the pretzel sticks in half and press one stick into the center of each frosted cupcake to make an apple stem. Garnish with a lime candy leaf.
Recipe by Adventures In Making at