Out-Of-This-World Cupcakes

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.


2 dozen

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
These are a cinch to bake—and even more fun to decorate! Save the decorating fun for a party activity, and let the kids top their cakes any way they want. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Out-Of-This-World Cupcakes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Paste food coloring of your choice, optional
  • Decorating gel
  • Assorted toppings: sprinkles, sour straws and licorice


  1. Prepare cake batter according to package directions for cupcakes.
  2. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. Tint frosting with food coloring of choice. Frost cupcakes and decorate as desired with decorating gel and assorted toppings.

Nutrition Facts

1 cupcake (calculated without toppings): 174 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.