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Sweet Jack-o’-Lanterns


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. For stems, place one gumdrop on each pumpkin. Cut jujubes into thin slices; use a bottom slice for each mouth.
  • 4. 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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Average Rating: 4.75
  • susan.white
    Oct 5, 2015

    We love these

  • Oceanblue1952
    Dec 31, 1969

    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
    Dec 31, 1969

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


  • piegram
    Dec 31, 1969

    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
    Dec 31, 1969

    Neat, the kids will love these

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