Tomorrow, February 2nd, is Groundhog Day, a rather silly U.S. holiday, where we wait for a Groundhog (Punxsutawney Phil) to emerge from his burrow and let us know when Spring will arrive.
According to folklore, if the groundhog sees his shadow, winter will last for six more weeks. If he does not, Spring will come early.
Punxsutawney Phil is the “official” Groundhog Day meteorologist. He lives in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, which is only about an hour and a half from Mars. The largest Groundhog Day celebration in the U.S. is held here with an early morning festival and national news coverage.
When my son, Nick, told me he was going to dinner on Sunday at his girlfriend, Liz’s house for a Groundhog Day party, I immediately asked, “Can I make a dessert for you to take?” (Any excuse to bake works for me!)
Seems Groundhog Day is Liz’s dad’s favorite holiday. The family celebrates with a dinner party and an annual viewing of the comedy movie, Groundhog Day.
So I searched for some inspiration on Pinterest and came up with these little cupcakes from things I had in the pantry.
If you are looking for a fun treat to make for Groundhog Day, here is how I made them.
Groundhog Day Cupcakes
- 1 box Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix
- 1 can White Cake Frosting
- 1 can Chocolate Frosting
- 1 bag (12) Lindt’s Lindor Sea Salt & Milk Chocolate Truffles
- 36 small candy eyes (24 for eyes and 12 to cut edges off for tooth)
- 24 chocolate chips
- Chocolate jimmies/sprinkles
- 1 tube black decorative frosting
- Green food coloring
Bake cupcakes according to box instructions. Cool completely.
Frost cupcakes with chocolate frosting from center to about 2/3 coverage.
Tint white frosting with green food coloring and pipe around top circle of cupcake. Sprinkle chocolate jimmies on edge of chocolate frosting to appear like “loosened dirt.”
Pipe dabs of chocolate frosting onto truffle where eyes and ears and tooth and chubby cheeks and hair of groundhog head will go (I put some in a Ziploc sandwich bag and cut off small tip of corner) Add eyes, chocolate chips for ears, eye with edges cut off for tooth, and jimmies to top of head. Finish with black frosting dab for nose. Place in center of cupcake to appear like the groundhog is emerging from it’s hole in the ground.
Here’s to hoping Phil sees his shadow!
Cheers & Hugs,