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Sunshine Cupcakes

Want to put a smile on someone's face? Look no further than these cheery cupcakes! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 package lemon cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Miniature semisweet chocolate chips, red shoestring licorice and candy corn


  • Prepare cake batter mix according to package directions for cupcakes; cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, tint frosting yellow. Frost cupcakes. Press two chocolate chips into each cupcake for eyes. For mouths, cut licorice into 1-in. pieces; bend slightly to curve. Press one licorice piece into each cupcake. Add candy corn around edges of cupcakes.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 208 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 195mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Queenlalisa
    Jan 9, 2019

    These were so cute and perfect for a Summer barbecue I went to.

  • Amanda
    Dec 12, 2016


  • mamaknowsbest
    Feb 20, 2015

    These were perfect for a beach theme party! I did not need to tint the frosting, used a 'spring time' yellow canned frosting. I did keep the 'spokes' of the sunshine points as far on the cupcakes as possible to prevent the candy corn from being knocked off during handling. As a Taste of Home volunteer food editor I love recipes that have a creative touch for themed parties.

  • LauraShoe
    Oct 5, 2014

    Easy and adorable!!

  • LibbiPeach
    Dec 21, 2012

    i made this as a fun side dessert for Thanksgiving. While cute and easy to make, the candy corn seemed to melt or break off ? not sure what happened. It was mostly the candy corns like in the picture, and i also had some of the "autumn" colored candy corns, they didn't do this for some reason. very strange. But the cupcakes were good and they were a fun dessert.

  • saralyn_06
    Jul 31, 2012

    Fun to make

  • candylandgirl
    Oct 24, 2010

    My kids and their friends loved these! They were actually easy enough that I let the kids make them themselves. Just adorable. Only thinkg is - not all kids like lemon cake, but you can substitute yellow cake mix.

  • mcbryde
    Oct 12, 2010

    so easy to make and kids and adults love them

  • meganpertzborn
    Oct 4, 2010

    Simple to make and fun to eat! These added just the right touch to my daughter's rainbow-themed birthday party!

  • kcarskc
    Aug 26, 2010

    I have not made these yet but I think they are adorable. I also think you could put a chocolate kiss in the middle and call it a sunflower. Love it!