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Candy Cupcakes

 Candy Cupcakes
These cute cupcakes are truly "out of this world!" Get the kids in on the fun by letting them help decorate them.—Mrs. Walter Jacobson, Ashland, Ohio
18 ServingsPrep: 1 hour Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 10 drops neon green food coloring
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 drops neon green food coloring
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • Shoestring red licorice, cut into 2-inch pieces

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Candy Cupcakes (continued)

Ingredients (continued)

  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
  • Assorted candies of your choice: Gummi Life Savers, Skittles, spice drops, licorice bites, Good & Plenty and Junior Mints

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the sugar, water, oil, eggs, vinegar and
  • vanilla until combined. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa,
  • baking soda and salt; gradually add to egg mixture until blended.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full.
  • For filling, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until
  • smooth. Beat in the egg, salt and food coloring. Fold in chocolate
  • chips. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls into the center of each
  • cupcake.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into
  • cupcake comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from
  • pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and food coloring. Add
  • enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Frost cupcakes.
  • Poke shoestring licorice pieces into marshmallows to create antennae;
  • insert into cupcakes. Use candies to decorate alien faces. Store in
  • the refrigerator. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 404 calories, 17 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 255 mg sodium, 61 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.