What a whirlwind this holiday season has been! It seems like it ended as quickly as it came.
A couple of weekends ago, Mr. Pixie Crust and I went on a trip with my sister and her boyfriend to Solvang. If you're not familiar with Solvang, it's this little dutch town just past Santa Barbara, California. It is one of my favorite weekend trips to take because it's an adorable little village with pastries galore, a Hans Christian Anderson Museum, and fun, reasonably priced wine tasting rooms. Plus, it's only about a 2 hour trip from Los Angeles, but feels like such a getaway.
This particular weekend was their holiday "Wine Walk." In addition to drinking way too much wine, I had a lot of fun shopping in a small store where I bought the below cupcake stocking- isn't it too cute? Mr. PixieCrust was slightly overwhelmed by the glitter and sugary themed merchandise of the store, particularly since I kept asking his advice on what to buy (the mint chip ice cream cone ornament, or the chocolate ice cream cone ornamnet? The cupcake tea towel, or the cupcake wrapping paper?)
These cupcakes were inspired by the gingerbread house ornaments I saw in Solvang. The gingerbread houses are made from rolled fondant, cut into pieces and constructed with royal icing, just like a regular gingerbread house. The snowmen are made by making varied sized fondant balls and stacking them just like a real snowman. The scarves were made from strips of fondant and the mouth and eyes were created from edible food pens. The nose is an orange rainbow chip sprinkle.
I don't expect you to make these cupcakes today, or tomorrow, but I hope you'll keep them in mind for next season.