1½ c. whipped vanilla frosting                   
red paste or gel coloring
plastic bag                            
12 unfrosted cupcakes                                 
Stems: 3 sm. unwrapped Tootsie Rolls, cut lengthwise in quarters
Leaves: 12 gumdrop spearmint leaves 
12 gummy worms
drinking straw

Tint frosting red. Spoon into the plastic bag, snip off one corner and pipe the outline of an apple on top of each cupcake. Pipe frosting within outline to fill, then spread frosting evenly. Press a Tootsie Roll stem and gumdrop leaf onto each apple. Worm hole: Insert drinking straw through frosting into cupcake, then remove. Place end of worm into hole.

Janice Harvey, Charlevoix