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Fun Party Cupcakes

 Fun Party Cupcakes
These are a cinch to bake—and even more fun to decorate! Our Test Kitchen staff turned out a pair of not-so-scary aliens, but you can let the kids top their cakes any way they want.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
24 Servings


  • 1 package cake mix of your choice (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Green gel food coloring or color of your choice, optional
  • Assorted candies of your choice: Pretzel sticks, Tic Tacs, Life Savers, red string licorice, Tart'n'Tinys, Chuckles, and Peanut M&M's


  • Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Fill greased or
  • paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  • Bake at 350° for 18-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near
  • the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from
  • pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Tint the frosting with food coloring if desired. Frost the cupcakes
  • and decorate as desired. Yield: 2 dozen.