When they come out of the oven, let them cool. Then carefully remove pegs and cases. It also helps to have some tips for baking nice, flat cupcakes. I have a habit of baking cupcakes that rise a lot..and crack :( I had to saw a bit off before icing. There are some good tips here at Wilton, about baking flat cupcakes. Although..rounded ones might give that nice curvy babushka shape? It's just the cracking that is not a good look!
Round, flat, chocolate melts make a perfect face. I piped on some brown rows of icing for hair, and made little roses out of fondant.
To keep it simple, I piped on a love heart shape for the mouth, and some scallops across the dress area, in the same pink. And there you go! Yes my royal icing is a little lumpy and bumpy..but hopefully you get the idea :) Have fun.
NOTE: I cannot guarantee this project is "food safe". But.. I believe it is. If you were concerned about the craft pegs touching the mixture, you could pop them in some boiling water beforehand, then let them dry.