Scaredy Cakes Recipe
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Our Test Kitchen home economists guarantee kids of all ages will delight in these funny-faced cupcakes. You can even enlist your little ones to help decorate them, using the candies we suggest or other candies to suit your taste.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Gel food coloring, optional
  • Assorted candies of your choice (Chiclets, black licorice nips, red shoestring licorice, Gummi Worms, M&M's, Life Savers, gumballs, strawberry sour belts, Tart 'n' Tangy's, Tic Tacs)


  1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions for cupcakes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  2. Tint some of the frosting if desired. Frost cupcakes. Decorate with assorted candy to create monster faces. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Scaredy Cakes in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2002, p238

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