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Easy Cake Mix Cupcakes

For this recipe, there are no rules. The only thing required is a creative imagination. For accompanying recipes and decorating tips visit Spring Has Sprung. —Karen Tack, Riverside, Connecticut
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Assorted colors paste food coloring
  • Assorted candies and decorations: spice gumdrops, regular and miniature M&M's, nonpareils, cake decorations, spearmint leaves, coarse and colored sugar, colored jimmmies and miniature marshmallows


  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, buttermilk, eggs and oil. Beat on low speed just until moistened. Beat on high for 2 minutes. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  • Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Tint frosting with food coloring. Frost cupcakes and decorate as desired.

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  • c_hauber
    Mar 23, 2009

     Yes, there is. Paste food coloring is thicker and more concentrated.  You only need a little bit to make your desired colors.  If you were to use your regular food color liquids, you'd need a lot of liquid and end up making your icing all runny.

  • tara128_bear
    Mar 20, 2009

     Can the recipe on the back of box of cake mix be used or is there a reason that buttermilk etc is added? Does it make it more dense so it can hold the "lollipops" better? And can any flavor mix be used instead of the white?

  • hummervic
    Mar 20, 2009

    is there a difference from color paste food coloring and food coloring?