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Spooky Gelatin Bubble Cupcakes

It's so much fun to make these and decorate with them! Bubbles can be made weeks ahead. Turn them into orange pumpkins, multi-colored balloons -- whatever! —Sarah Thompson, Taste of Home Culinary Director
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
  • Makes
    3 to 4 servings


  • 3 to 4 wooden pop sticks
  • 3 to 4 water balloons, filled with air
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 to 3 drops food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
  • Black decorating gel
  • 3 to 4 frosted cupcakes


  • Insert wooden pop sticks through tied ends of balloons; set aside. Combine water and food coloring in a bowl slightly larger than largest balloon. Stir in gelatin. Microwave gelatin mixture on high for 15 seconds; stir until smooth. Holding a pop stick, dip one balloon into gelatin mixture, turning to coat; allow excess to drip off. Insert pop stick into Styrofoam to keep upright.
  • Repeat with remaining balloons; let dry overnight. Carefully pierce dried balloons; remove from gelatin bubbles. Using scissors, trim openings if necessary. Decorate as desired with black decorating gel. To serve, place gelatin bubbles on top of frosted cupcakes.

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