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Mardi Gras Cupcakes

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


2 dozen

Updated: Feb. 10, 2022
Take these simple Mardi Gras cupcakes to a get-together and watch them disappear. Kids will love to help decorate them with the colorful sprinkles. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mardi Gras Cupcakes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons each lemon, lime and grape gelatin powder
  • 1 can (16 ounces) cream cheese frosting
  • Purple, green and yellow sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, sour cream, oil, sugar and eggs; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Divide evenly among 3 bowls.
  2. Stir 1 flavor of gelatin powder into each bowl until blended. Fill 24 paper-lined muffin cups with a scant 2 tablespoons of each flavored batter.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18-22 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Spread frosting over cupcakes. Decorate with sprinkles.

Nutrition Facts

1 cupcake: 276 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 217mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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