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Monkey Cupcakes

Kids' eyes will light up when they see these cute jungle goodies. The cupcakes never fail to make my grandkids smile, and they're always a huge hit at bake sales. —Sandra Seaman, Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting
  • 24 vanilla wafers
  • Black and red decorating gel
  • 48 pastel blue and/or green milk chocolate M&M's
  • 12 Nutter Butter cookies

Directions

  • Prepare batter and bake according to package directions for cupcakes; cool completely.
  • Set aside 1/4 cup frosting. Frost cupcakes with remaining frosting. With a serrated knife, cut off and discard a fourth of each vanilla wafer. Place a wafer on each cupcake, with the rounded edge of wafer near edge of cupcake, for face. Add dots of black gel for nostrils. With red gel, pipe on mouths.
  • Place M&M's above wafers for eyes; add dots of black gel for pupils. Using reserved frosting and a #16 star tip, pipe hair. Carefully separate cookies; cut each in half. Position one on each side of cupcakes for ears.
How-To: Kids' little fingers are just the right size for placing pieces. Cupcake assembly»
Give kids creative freedom to ensure that no two monkey faces are the same. Monkey faces»
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 265 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 247mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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