by Darcy Evans with Betsy Howie
Charlotte’s Web is a powerful and memorable friendship story…and few things bring friends together like tasty treats! Celebrate this central theme of the book with cupcakes inspired by Wilbur and Charlotte.
Decorating the cupcakes is surprisingly simple. Bake the cakes on your own, then help students frost them as a fun in-class friendship activity. Our favorite recipe for cupcakes is this one for delicious carrot cake, but any other will do just fine. (It’s perfectly okay to get store-bought plain cupcakes, or ask students to bring in their own if you are crunched for time.)
Divide your class into two groups: “Wilburs” and “Charlottes.” After your students frost and garnish their respective cupcakes, encourage them to make Wilbur-Charlotte pairs and swap cupcakes with each other. Just as Charlotte and Wilbur are unlikely friends, encourage students to make a new friend in class.
Here are some suggestions for decorating the Wilbur and Charlotte cupcakes:
STEP 1: Gather the ingredients.
Aside from cupcakes, you’ll need:
For Wilbur: 1 pint of pink vanilla icing, marshmallows, and candy eyeballs (or chocolate chips).
For Charlotte: 1 pint of creamy white frosting and 1 squeeze tube of black decorating gel.
STEP 2: Frost Wilbur’s face.
Plop a dollop of the pink vanilla icing on a cupcake and spread.
HINT: Try to spread evenly to make it easier to assemble Wilbur’s face.
STEP 3: Assemble Wilbur’s nose and ears.
Cut one marshmallow in half for Wilbur’s nose, and the other half into two quarters for each of his ears. Gently press them into the bed of icing.
STEP 4: Assemble Wilbur’s eyes and nostrils.
Place candy eyeballs (or chocolate chips) into spots for Wilbur’s eyes. Squeeze two tiny dots of the black decorating gel on the nose to make the nostrils.
STEP 5: Frost Charlotte’s cupcake.
Plop a dollop of the rich and creamy white frosting on a cupcake and spread.
HINT: Try to spread evenly for a level web surface.
STEP 6: Draw Charlotte’s web.
Using the black decorating gel, draw lines on top of the cupcake to weave your web!
STEP 7: Enjoy!
Let your students enjoy their delicious treats and the beginning of unlikely new friendships together!
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