Out-Of-This-World Cupcakes Recipe
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Out-Of-This-World Cupcakes Recipe

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These are a cinch to bake-and even more fun to decorate! Our Test Kitchen staff turned out a pair of not-so-scary aliens, but you can let your imagination run wild and create critters, princesses, trains...the sky's the limit. Or save the decorating fun for a party activity, and let the kids top their cakes any way they want.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Paste food coloring of your choice, optional
  • Decorating gel
  • Assorted toppings: sprinkles, sour straws and licorice

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake (calculated without toppings): 174 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Prepare cake batter according to package directions for cupcakes.
  2. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. Tint frosting with food coloring of choice. Frost cupcakes and decorate as desired with decorating gel and assorted toppings. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Out-Of-This-World Cupcakes in Country Woman January/February 2003, p10

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