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Sweet Jack-o’-Lanterns

There's no trick to making these Halloween-flavored cupcakes. By using a convenient cake mix, you can turn them out in a jiffy. Simplify them even more with canned frosting.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 1 package yellow cake mix or cake mix of your choice (regular size)
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons orange paste food coloring
  • 12 gumdrops
  • 12 black jujubes


  • Prepare and bake cake according to package directions for cupcakes. Fill 24 greased muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 15-18 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.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, butter and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Stir in food coloring. Cut a thin slice off the top of each cupcake. Spread frosting on 12 cupcakes. Invert remaining cupcakes and place on top; frost top and sides.
  • For stems, place one gumdrop on each pumpkin. Cut jujubes into thin slices; use a bottom slice for each mouth.
  • From remaining slices, cut one large triangle and two smaller ones. Position two small triangles and a large triangle on each cupcake for eyes and nose.

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  • susan.white
    Oct 5, 2015

    We love these

  • Lisanga
    Oct 14, 2008

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  • ruthleeper7
    Oct 14, 2008

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  • Oceanblue1952
    Oct 7, 2008

    I think these are great, I am going to re-create using mini cupcakes as I think the larger ones might be a bit to much for the smaller children. Thanks for the idea

  • lachelle222
    Oct 7, 2008

    I just love this idea, I signed up to bring cupcakes to my daughter 2nd grade class party this month...thank-you!ehyoung

  • piegram
    Oct 7, 2008

    I am going to make these for our annual Halloween cakewalk. We live in a very small town and the kids look forward to this every year.

  • piegram
    Oct 7, 2008

    Neat, the kids will love these

  • mom616
    Oct 29, 2007

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