QITK tip:First, take a couple of minutes to read about the Hanukkah tradition of lighting the menorah.
Here's how to make this easy as 1-2-3 Hanukkah dessert:
1. Take any cupcake or muffin, decorate with frosting and sprinkles.
2. Place eight of the cupcakes on a long platter. In the center of the row place a pretty inverted drinking glass or small bowl. Set the shamash cupcake here.
3. Place a real candle in the center of each cupcake.
For an fire-free edible "candle":
~place a chocolate covered wafer stick such as Twix, Pirouline lengthwise in the center of each cupcake and make a "flame" with dab of white or yellow frosting on top
~dip pretzel sticks in melted white chocolate and top with a yellow or orange gummy candy
~cut Twizzlers to candle size and use icing to secure a candy flame
~Chanukah lollipops make a tempting topper
A Cupcake Menorah makes a creative, easy Hanukkah centerpiece and the kids will really enjoy watching their dessert flicker away throughout the meal. They may even stay at the table a bit longer!
More ways with Hanukkah cupcakes:
~for an adult version you can make the cupcake menorah using mini bundts and place a mound of frosting in the center to anchor the candle
~unfrosted cupcakes, muffins, mini bundt cakes freeze wonderfully, so make a batch now to have on hand for the holiday
~a simple elegant touch is to thread shimmery matching ribbons through the cupcakes on your platter
~ gold or silver foil or other decorative cupcake liners dress up your Hanukkah centerpiece
~slip a chocolate coin wrapped in gold foil into the center of each cupcake before icing for a sweet surprise
~involve the kids! Let everyone decorate their own cupcake. Each "candle" can be as unique as the child who created it