By peoplestaff225
Updated December 26, 2013 08:00 AM
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Letting your kids stay up past the stroke of midnight on Tuesday? Well, you’ll want to ring in 2014 with a some kid-friendly fanfare.

Champagne? Nope. Cupcakes? Oh, yes.

These cute cupcakes from the team at FamilyFun are the sweetest countdown concept—literally. Have a pre-party with the kids by creating an edible clock (with moveable cookie hands!), with each tiny cake representing the final hours before the New Year (we won’t tattle if you start with store-bought cupcakes). Add party hats and noisemakers, and you’ve got a celebration at any hour.

Cue ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

Countdown Cupcakes

13 cupcakes

White and colored frosting

Colored sugar sprinkles

2 wafer cookies

1. Decorate 13 cupcakes with white frosting and colored sugar sprinkles.

2. Give 12 of the cupcakes frosting numerals, piped on with a pastry bag and tip or a zip-top bag with the corner snipped off.

3. Arrange the cupcakes on a platter. Trim two wafer cookies into clock hands and set them in place at the base of the center cupcake.

—Brooke Showell