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Mardi Gras Cupcakes

 Mardi Gras Cupcakes
Take these simple gems to a Mardi Gras get-together and watch them disappear. Kids will love helping decorate them. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
24 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons each lemon, lime and grape gelatin powder
  • 1 can (16 ounces) cream cheese frosting
  • Purple, green and yellow sprinkles


  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, sour cream, oil, sugar and
  • eggs; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2
  • minutes. Divide evenly among three bowls.
  • Stir one flavor of gelatin powder into each bowl until blended. Fill
  • paper-lined muffin cups with 2 tablespoons of each flavored batter.
  • Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near
  • the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • pans to wire racks to cool completely. Frost with cream cheese
  • frosting. Decorate with sprinkles. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cupcake equals 301 calories, 15 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 218 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 3 g protein.