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Orange You Spiky

 Orange You Spiky
Don't worry, this cupcake won't hurt a bit. You'll be amazed at what a few chow mein noodles can do when used on this monster cupcake. —Karen Tack, Riverside, Connecticut
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 6 chocolate or vanilla cupcakes baked in black foil liners
  • 1 can (16 ounces) plus 1 cup vanilla frosting
  • 1 cup chow mein noodles
  • Red and yellow food coloring
  • 12 honey wheat sticks or pretzel sticks
  • 12 mini marshmallows
  • 12 brown M&M’s
  • Chocolate jimmies

Directions

  • 1. Spread the tops of the cupcakes with a small mound of vanilla
  • frosting. Insert chow mein noodles into cupcakes to look like
  • spikes. Place in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm up.
  • 2. Spoon 3 tablespoons of the vanilla frosting into a small
  • resealable bag and set aside.
  • 3. Tint the remaining frosting bright orange with the food coloring
  • and spoon into a glass microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the frosting,
  • stirring frequently, until it is the texture of slightly whipped
  • cream.
  • 4. Holding the foil liner of the slightly frozen cupcake, dip the top
  • of the cupcake up to the liner in the melted frosting to coat. Use a
  • spoon to add more frosting if necessary. Allow the excess frosting
  • to drip off. Invert and transfer to a cookie sheet. Repeat with the

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Orange You Spiky (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • remaining cupcakes.
  • 5. Insert one end of a wheat stick into the side of a mini
  • marshmallow. Repeat with the remaining marshmallows and wheat
  • sticks. Snip a small corner from the bag with the vanilla frosting.
  • Pipe a dot of frosting on one flat side of a marshmallow. Add a
  • brown candy as the pupil. Add a few chocolate jimmies on the top as
  • eyelashes. Pipe a dot of vanilla frosting on the brown candy as the
  • sparkle in the eyes.
  • 6. Insert two marshmallow eyes on top of a frosted cupcake about 1
  • in. apart. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes. Yield: 6 cupcakes.