Mardi Gras Cupcakes

Total Time

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


2 dozen

Updated: Feb. 10, 2023
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


  • 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, yellow and green sprinkles or sanding sugar


  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. Pipe or 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.