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Monkey Cupcakes

 Monkey Cupcakes
Kids‘ eyes will light up when they see these cute jungle goodies. "They never fail to make my grandkids smile, and they’re always a hit at bake sales," says Sandra Seaman of Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting
  • 24 vanilla wafers
  • Black and red decorating gel
  • 48 pastel blue and/or green M&M's® Brand Chocolate Candies
  • 12 Nutter Butter cookies

Directions

  • Prepare batter and bake according to package directions for cupcakes;
  • cool completely.
  • Set aside 1/4 cup frosting. Frost cupcakes with remaining frosting.
  • With a serrated knife, cut off and discard a fourth of each vanilla
  • wafer. Place a wafer on each cupcake, with the rounded edge of wafer
  • near edge of cupcake, for face. Add dots of black gel for nostrils.
  • With red gel, pipe on mouths.
  • Place M&M's above wafers for eyes; add dots of black gel for pupils.
  • Using reserved frosting and a #16 star tip, pipe hair. Carefully
  • separate cookies; cut each in half. Position one on each side of
  • cupcakes for ears. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cupcake equals 265 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 247 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.