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Out-Of-This-World Cupcakes

 Out-Of-This-World Cupcakes
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.
24 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Green gel food coloring or color of your choice, optional
  • Pretzel ticks, Tic Tacs, Life Savers, red string licorice, Tart 'n' Tinys, Chuckles, and Peanut M&M's or candies of your choice
  • Pretzel ticks, Tic Tacs, Life Savers, red string licorice, Tart 'n' Tinys, Chuckles, and Peanut M&M's or candies of your choice

Directions

  • Prepare cake batter according to package directions for cupcakes.
  • Fill greased or paper-line muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at
  • 350° for 18-24 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool
  • completely.
  • Tint the frosting with food coloring if desired. Frost cupcakes and
  • decorate as desired. Yield: 2 dozen.