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Giant Cupcake Pumpkin

 Giant Cupcake Pumpkin
Make a smiley statement by decorating a whole tray of cupcakes. Once everyone’s seen the big picture, they can all take a treat. —Gena Lott, Ogden, Utah
26 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) vanilla frosting
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • Orange food coloring
  • Reese's pieces

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line 26 muffin cups with paper liners.
  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pumpkin, water and eggs; beat on
  • low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 2 minutes. Stir in chocolate
  • chips. Fill prepared cups two-thirds full.
  • Bake 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out
  • clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool
  • completely.
  • In a large bowl, beat frosting and flavoring; tint frosting orange.
  • Arrange cupcakes on a large platter, forming a pumpkin. Spread
  • frosting over cupcakes. Decorate with Reese's pieces as desired.
  • Yield: 26 cupcakes.