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Mardi Gras Cupcakes

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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 three bowls.
  • Stir one flavor of gelatin powder into each bowl until blended. Fill paper-lined muffin cups with a scant 2 tablespoons of each flavored batter.
  • 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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  • buffetfan
    Feb 27, 2017

    Well, I made a few changes to this recipe. I did not use any of the gelatin flavorings. I also made a mini version. For the mini cupcakes I baked for 10 - 12 minutes and I got about 85 cupcakes. The flavor was very moist, almost melt in your mouth. These were a hit with my kids and their friends.

  • 19Diane50
    Mar 9, 2014

    I made these cupcakes for Fat Tuesday and took them to work. All 24 were gone in 2 hours. Several co-workers asked for the recipe, also. I will definitely make them again. I will add some food coloring to pump up the color of the batter. Also, there was enough batter to make more than 24 cupcakes. My first batch was kind of overfilled.

  • sheryl.graves23
    Mar 3, 2014

    Fun and festive and attractive. They tasted very unique.

  • learmanswife
    Mar 1, 2014

    These were terrible. Not one person in my family liked them. They were way too citrusy! The jello colors did not come thru at all. Oh well, you win some you lose some.

  • SassyCaramel
    Jul 15, 2012

    I doubled my recipe and follwed the directions exactly. These were the best tasting cupcakes I have ever tasted. Made them for a family event and they couldn't get enough. Back home and on my way to the store for more ingredients. This time I don't have to share with 23 family members, just me and my 4. Delicious!!

  • ceden03
    Jan 1, 2012

    MarinaFaye, several stores in the US carry foil liners. Try a cake supply store.kat83, Wilton carries purple sprinkle, even a container that has all 3 colors needed.

  • kat83
    Jun 15, 2011

    My son thought these were pretty cool to make since the jello turns the dough colors, pretty fruity-not traditional for a cupcake but a good alternative! made these for mardi gra themed camping weekend, and gave away plenty! couldnt find any purple sprinkles where i live though

  • miss kris kitchen
    Apr 4, 2011

    I have made hundreds of these...some all green (green gelatin) for St. Patricks Day, etc. I made them again this weekend...needed lots of mini about 1500 for a party, so I made several kinds of cupcakes including these in a few "jello" flavors. I really like lime jello with fresh orange juice flavored cream cheese frosting colored green...nice citrus flavors...adults eat as many as kids. Easy to make. One batch makes about 75 mini cupcakes. Just fill papers 2/3 full or this extra sticky batter will rise up and stick to the pans. These cupcakes keep well for 4-5 days. Sometimes these cupcakes sink in the middle, but that's ok..I just filled the middle with frosting and they are great...have a slightly chewy texture from the gelatin...a nice alternative to the regular cupcake texture.

  • elois
    Apr 4, 2011

    Very pretty with a good flavor. I might try it for other holidays. maybe Easter.

  • MarinaFaye
    Mar 10, 2011

    Using the gelatin is a good way to get fruity flavor. Now I want to know where to find the nice cupcake liners in foil colors? (in BC, Canada)