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Hidden Treasure Cupcakes

 Hidden Treasure Cupcakes
Let kids discover the “hidden treasure” inside these cute-as-can-be cupcakes! They’re make-ahead convenient, ensure even-steven portions of cake for all party guests and are almost too pretty to eat! Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen
24 ServingsPrep: 1 hour Bake: 20 min. + cooling


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/4 cup strawberry pie filling
  • 24 Swiss cake rolls
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Blue food coloring, optional
  • Assorted candies: Jolly Ranchers, Nerds, skull and fish hard candies
  • Yellow food coloring, optional


  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Fill paper-lined
  • muffin cups half full. Drop 1/2 teaspoon pie filling in the center
  • of each; top with remaining batter.
  • Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in
  • the cake portion comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before
  • removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, cut cake rolls lengthwise (do not cut through); set aside.
  • Place two tablespoons frosting in a small bowl; set aside. Tint
  • remaining frosting with blue food coloring if desired; frost
  • cupcakes.
  • Place a cake roll on each cupcake. Decorate with assorted candies.
  • Tint reserved frosting with yellow food coloring if desired; place
  • in a resealable plastic bag. Cut a small hole in a corner of bag;
  • pipe latches onto chests.
  • Yield: 24 servings.