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Out-Of-This-World Cupcakes Recipe

Out-Of-This-World Cupcakes Recipe

These are a cinch to bake-and even more fun to decorate! Our Test Kitchen staff turned out a pair of not-so-scary aliens, but you can let your imagination run wild and create critters, princesses, trains...the sky's the limit. Or save the decorating fun for a party activity, and let the kids top their cakes any way they want.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:24 servings


  • 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. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional 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.

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