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Sunshine Cupcakes Recipe
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Sunshine Cupcakes Recipe

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Want to put a smile on someone's face? Look no further than these cheery cupcakes! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package lemon cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Miniature semisweet chocolate chips, red shoestring licorice and candy corn


  1. Prepare cake batter mix according to package directions for cupcakes; cool completely.
  2. In a small bowl, tint frosting yellow. Frost cupcakes. Press two chocolate chips into each cupcake for eyes. For mouths, cut licorice into 1-in. pieces; bend slightly to curve. Press one licorice piece into each cupcake. Add candy corn around edges of cupcakes. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Sunshine Cupcakes in Taste of Home's Cupcake of the Week Newsletter 2009

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Reviewed Feb. 20, 2015

"These were perfect for a beach theme party! I did not need to tint the frosting, used a 'spring time' yellow canned frosting. I did keep the 'spokes' of the sunshine points as far on the cupcakes as possible to prevent the candy corn from being knocked off during handling. As a Taste of Home volunteer food editor I love recipes that have a creative touch for themed parties."

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"Easy and adorable!!"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"i made this as a fun side dessert for Thanksgiving. While cute and easy to make, the candy corn seemed to melt or break off ? not sure what happened. It was mostly the candy corns like in the picture, and i also had some of the "autumn" colored candy corns, they didn't do this for some reason. very strange. But the cupcakes were good and they were a fun dessert."

Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

"Fun to make"

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2010

"My kids and their friends loved these! They were actually easy enough that I let the kids make them themselves. Just adorable. Only thinkg is - not all kids like lemon cake, but you can substitute yellow cake mix."

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