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BALLERINA KISS CUPCAKES recipe

#1 Make mini MERINGUE KISSES with this easy recipe:

2 egg whites and 1/2 cup sugar

1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees.

2. Separate 2 eggs and put aside the 2 yolks (they can be added to your cupcake batter). Beat the 2 egg whites with an electric beater, until foamy. Then while continuing to beat at high speed, slowly add 1/2 cup sugar. (Optional: add several drops of food dye if you would like your kisses to be colored). When the mixture stands in stiff peaks, it is ready for baking. 

3. Cover a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper (to prevent sticking). To shape the kisses, take a small spoonful of the mixture, drop it on the baking sheet with an upward motion (with the help of a second spoon in the other hand). The kisses (about 40) can probably all fit on one baking sheet. 

4. Bake them in the oven for about 1/2 hour. (Bake them long enough so they are slightly hard, but not discoloring or turning brown.) When they have cooled, store them in an airtight tin or container until you use them.

#2 Bake your favorite kind of CUPCAKES (chocolate, vanilla, carrot, applesauce...? My Color and Cook Cupcakes activity book by Dover has recipes for all of these) Making them in a mini size is cute!

#3 Make your favorite kind of FROSTING (recipes are also included in the Cupcakes activity book.) (optional: add several drops of food dye to white frosting if you would like it to be colored)

#4 Take out your favorite colored SPRINKLES. 

#5 Assemble your cupcakes: Frost the cupcake. Place the meringue kiss on top. Add colored sprinkles.

Your BALLERINA KISS CUPCAKES are ready to be enjoyed, while you are reading DEAR BALLERINA, of course!