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Ever wanted to know how to make gnome cupcakes? If you are looking for a cute and creative dessert, then this is the recipe for you. These adorable little guys will become the delicious treats everyone will ask for again and again!
Making gnome cupcakes is a great way to make your kids happy. Not only do they look adorable, but they taste delicious too! The simplicity out of making gnome hats out of waffle cones makes them even more fun for the kids. This post will teach you how to make these delightful treats!
But what is our fascination with Gnomes?
If you are going to look at how to make gnome cupcakes, you should know the gnome basics.
The gnome is a mythical creature that lives underground. They are usually depicted as short, bearded humanoids with pointy hats and funny clothes who speak an unintelligible language or use gestures to communicate.
We know you can’t live without them now! So what are you waiting for? Get your kids involved by making these adorable cupcakes today!
The Garden Gnome; A Culture All It’s Own
The Garden Gnome is not just another yard figurine. It has its own distinguished history, culture, and controversy attached to it. Before you buy a Garden Gnome for your home be sure to know all of the factors that go along with it.
For starters, the history of the Garden Gnome dates back to Germany in the 1800s. The original statues were made out of clay and were handcrafted. They then made their way to England in the mid-1800s. Around the late 1800s to the 1900s they made their way into America.
During WWII production of these figurines came to an abrupt halt. The German factories were commandeered and converted to support the war efforts. In the 1960s the gnomes picked up popularity again however, they were mass-produced using plastic. Because so many of them were produced they gained the stigma for being a tacky lawn ornament.
The clay hand-carved Garden Gnomes have been family heirlooms for many families. The Clay figurines are making a come back of sorts, more companies are reviving the old tradition.
Any Garden Gnome enthusiast will tell you that Garden Gnomes are wonderful creatures that are very good luck
to have in your garden. They are primarily vegetarians, joyful little people who enjoy having fun and helping out with things. It is believed that having one in your garden will be helpful in the day-to-day activities that are necessary for proper garden management. It is believed that they have an excellent ability to be able to reflect on history and an even better perspective on the future.
Not all people have such a jovial perception of the Garden Gnome. There are some that disagree with the use of these little guys. They believe that to have a Garden Gnome in the home is slavery and that the Garden Gnome should be freed.
There are groups that will take a Garden Gnome from a yard if they see it. Relocating it to the forest where they believe they find their freedom. A few of the groups choose to operate under the radar, sneaking into people’s yards and stealing these figurines. There is a political group that actively lobbies for the ban of Garden Gnome slavery.
Whether you are a follower of the Garden Gnome culture or just someone who thinks they are cute enough to go in your yard these figurines have a lot of history behind them and can be a wonderful addition to your yard. Just be sure to keep them away from the gnome liberators if you would like to keep them for a long period of time.
How to Make Gnome Cupcakes They Will Adore
You can make your cupcake bases as you see fit. I love to use my chocolate cupcake recipe but you could use a boxed cake mix too. They are on sale all the time, always just a buck at your local Dollar Tree store, and super easy to dress up so no one knows you used a boxed mix.
I often keep cupcake bases in my freezer for those times I want to whip up something fun and whimsical – like these witch hat cupcakes or even my Oreo cupcakes.
How do you store your Gnome Cupcakes?
Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature. Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.
Gnome Cupcake Ingredients
So, you will need sugar cones for the Gnome Hat Cupcake Toppers. They can be found at your local grocery store- I was lucky to score them at Kroger but they always have a 12-count box at your local Dollar Tree store.
- Sugar ice cream cones – 1 for each cupcake
- 6-8 oz melting chocolate
- 1-2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- Red and white frosting
- Soft yellow, pink, or peach colored jelly beans
Gnome Hat Cupcake Toppers
The first thing you will want to do is to make the Gnome hat cupcake toppers. They need a little time to set up before you fully assemble your adorable little garden guy creations.
Melt chocolate and shortening together to make the chocolate thin enough for dipping the cones.
Dip cones in chocolate and set aside or place in refrigerator to set
Pipe red frosting on each cupcake
Place a chocolate dipped cone on top of each cupcake at a slight angle
Pipe the beard onto the center front of the cupcake using a tip that will create the look of hair. I used Wilton tip 233.
Place a jelly bean in the middle of the beard, right at the base of the cone for the nose.
Your gnome is ready!