Easy Cake Mix Cupcakes Recipe
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Easy Cake Mix Cupcakes Recipe

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For this recipe, there are no rules. The only thing required is a creative imagination. For accompanying recipes and decorating tips visit Spring Has Sprung. —Karen Tack, Riverside, Connecticut
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Assorted colors paste food coloring
  • Assorted candies and decorations: spice gumdrops, regular and miniature M&M's, nonpareils, cake decorations, spearmint leaves, coarse and colored sugar, colored jimmmies and miniature marshmallows


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, buttermilk, eggs and oil. Beat on low speed just until moistened. Beat on high for 2 minutes. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  2. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Tint frosting with food coloring. Frost cupcakes and decorate as desired. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Easy Cake Mix Cupcakes in Taste of Home's Cupcake of the Week Newsletter 2009, p3/23/09

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c_hauber User ID: 3483144 124284
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2009

" Yes, there is. Paste food coloring is thicker and more concentrated.  You only need a little bit to make your desired colors.  If you were to use your regular food color liquids, you'd need a lot of liquid and end up making your icing all runny. "

MY REVIEW User ID: 2034095 144147
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2009

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hummervic User ID: 936962 105264
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2009

"is there a difference from color paste food coloring and food coloring?"

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