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Pudding-Filled Butterfly Cupcakes

 Pudding-Filled Butterfly Cupcakes
Dessert takes wing with this fun recipe from field editor Joyce Turley of Slaughters, Kentucky. She cuts the cupcake tops to resemble butterflies and shares her easy decorating method.
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Pastel sprinkles
  • Black shoestring licorice, cut into 2-inch pieces

Directions

  • Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions for
  • cupcakes; cool completely. Slice off the top fourth of each cupcake;
  • cut the slices in half and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes
  • (mixture will be thick). Fold in whipped topping. Spoon 2
  • tablespoons pudding mixture onto each cupcake.
  • For wings, place two reserved cupcake halves, rounded edges together,
  • in pudding mixture. Gently press sprinkles into wings (cupcakes
  • should be moist enough for candy to stick). For antennae, insert two
  • licorice pieces into each cupcake. Yield: 2 dozen.