Japanese Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes

The Nutcracker Sugar Plum Fairy cupcake Japanese easy recipe

The Nutcracker ballet is a magical holiday delight. Tchaikovsky's ballet enchants audiences around the world. As a tribute to the Sugar Plum Fairy, I've created a cupcake which dances sweet and light into the tummy. Japanese plum wine is delicious and may have you doing pirouettes. It's a great addition to vanilla frosting...But it is alcohol. So, if you have children, use tart cherry juice which is just as scrumptious...and pink!  

  • Cupcakes
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted (plus more for the fondant)
  • 4 T Japanese plum wine (or tart cherry juice)
  • 1 (4 oz) package of pink fondant

Bake cupcakes… Cherry Chip Blossom Cupcakes or Chocolate Cupcakes are excellent choices.

Whip up the shortening and butter in a kitchen stand mixer. Gradually add the powdered sugar. Pour in the Japanese plum wine (or tart cherry juice.)

Frost cooled cupcakes with the Japanese plum wine buttercream.

Roll out the pink fondant between 2 sheets of wax paper sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Carefully cut out cherry blossom or star shapes with a Japanese veggie cutter or a cookie cutter. Insert a toothpick into the fondant cherry blossom.

Tuck into a cupcake and tie with pink ribbons.