Sweet Jack-o'-Lanterns Recipe
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Sweet Jack-o'-Lanterns Recipe

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There's no trick to making these Halloween-flavored cupcakes. By using a convenient cake mix, you can turn them out in a jiffy. Simplify them even more with canned frosting.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix or cake mix of your choice (regular size)
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons orange paste food coloring
  • 12 gumdrops
  • 12 black jujubes

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions for cupcakes. Fill 24 greased muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  2. For frosting, in a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, butter and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Stir in food coloring. Cut a thin slice off the top of each cupcake. Spread frosting on 12 cupcakes. Invert remaining cupcakes and place on top; frost top and sides.
  3. For stems, place one gumdrop on each pumpkin. Cut jujubes into thin slices; use a bottom slice for each mouth.
  4. From remaining slices, cut one large triangle and two smaller ones. Position two small triangles and a large triangle on each cupcake for eyes and nose. Yield: 1 dozen.
Originally published as Sweet Jack-o'-Lanterns in Country Woman September/October 2005, p33

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Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"We love these"

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2008

"I think these are great, I am going to re-create using mini cupcakes as I think the larger ones might be a bit to much for the smaller children. Thanks for the idea"

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2008

"I just love this idea, I signed up to bring cupcakes to my daughter 2nd grade class party this month...thank-you!


Reviewed Oct. 7, 2008

"I am going to make these for our annual Halloween cakewalk. We live in a very small town and the kids look forward to this every year."

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2008

"Neat, the kids will love these"

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