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Farm Friend Cupcakes

These chick and pig cupcakes just can't get more adorable. Young children especially are taken with them! —Colleen Palmer, Epping, New Hampshire
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 3 cans (16 ounces each) vanilla frosting
  • Pink and yellow paste food coloring
  • M&M's miniature baking bits
  • Assorted candies (White buttermints, pink mint candy lozenges and Good & Plenty candies)

Directions

  • Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Fill 24 paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 21-26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
  • For pigs, tint 1 can of frosting pink; frost 12 cupcakes. Attach baking bits and dessert mints for eyes, pink candy lozenges for snouts, baking bits for nostrils and Good & Plenty candies for ears.
  • For chicks, tint 2-1/2 cups frosting yellow; transfer to a pastry bag. Insert #17 star tip; pipe frosting onto 11 cupcakes. Pipe on feathers. Attach baking bits and dessert mints for eyes and candy corn for beaks.
Editor's Note
Use of a coupler ring will allow you to easily change pastry tips for different designs.
Nutrition Facts
1 cupcake: 357 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 323mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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