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Kitty Cat Cupcakes

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling


about 1-1/2 dozen

Updated: Sep. 30, 2022
On a bake sale table or alone at home, these feline treats won't last nine lives! The cute candy faces will catch attention fast...and the tasty orange-coconut cake from Doris Barb if El Dorado, Kansas will have folks snatching seconds.


  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows (about 50)
  • 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Assorted M&M's
  • 1 piece red shoestring licorice, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • About 9 vanilla wafers
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, toasted


  1. Let eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large bowl, cream shortening and 1-1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with orange juice, beating well after each addition.
  2. In a small bowl and with clean beaters, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining sugar 1 tablespoon at a time on high until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold into batter with coconut.
  3. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. For frosting, in a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water, corn syrup, egg white and salt. With a portable mixer, beat on low speed for 1 minute. Continue beating on low over low heat until frosting reaches 160°, about 12-18 minutes. Pour into the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer; add marshmallow and vanilla. Beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Frost cupcakes.
  5. Arrange M&M's for eyes and nose, licorice for mouth and sprinkles for whiskers. For ears, cut wafers into quarters with a serrated knife; place two on each cupcake, rounded side down. Sprinkle with coconut. Refrigerate until serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 387 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 209mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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