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Really Cute Cupcakes

Chick and Lamb Cupcakes

Paula Hible

  • 1 box (18.25 oz.) devil's-food cake mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 large eggs

Heat oven to 350?F. Line 16 standard and 16 mini muffin pans with paper liners. Prepare cake mix according to directions, except substitute 1 cup of buttermilk for the water and increase the eggs to 4. Divide batter among muffin cups, and bake mini cupcakes for 15 to 20 minutes and standard cupcakes for 25 to 28 minutes. Recipe makes 8 chicks and 8 lambs.

To Decorate Chicks

  • 1 can (12 oz.) whipped vanilla frosting
  • Yellow icing color
  • 1/4 cup yellow jimmies
  • Orange and red gumdrops
  • 1 tube brown decorating icing

Tint frosting yellow. Ice 8 standard and 8 mini cupcakes. For wings, dip opposite sides of the larger cupcakes in jimmies. Roll edges of mini cupcakes in jimmies. For the chick faces, place the mini cupcakes on their sides on top of the larger cupcakes. Flatten the red gumdrops, and cut 2 crowns out of each gumdrop. Cut orange gumdrops into beaks. Attach crowns and beaks to mini cupcakes. Pipe eyes using brown icing.

To Decorate Lambs

  • 1 can (12 oz.) whipped vanilla frosting
  • 24 pieces chocolate taffy (such as Tootsie Roll Midgees)
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 tbsp. pink crystal sugar
  • 1 tube brown decorating icing

Ice 8 standard and 8 mini cupcakes with vanilla frosting. Cut 16 chocolate taffy pieces in half lengthwise. Shape into 2-inch-long logs. For noses, shape remaining taffies into rounded cone shapes. Cut marshmallows in half, using clean scissors. For ears, dip 16 marshmallow halves into pink sugar; set aside. For each mini cupcake head, place the cone-shaped taffy close to one edge, arrange ear pieces at opposite edge, and fill center with marshmallow pieces. Pipe eyes with brown icing. Place mini cupcakes on their sides on top of larger cupcakes. For legs, add 4 pieces of cut taffy to each lamb. Fill in top of large cupcake with remaining cut marshmallows.

Flower Mini Cupcakes

Paula Hible

  • 1 box (18.25 oz.) yellow or chocolate cake mix
  • 1 can (16 oz.) vanilla frosting
    Purple, red, and yellow icing colors
    Pink, purple, and yellow jimmies
  • 3 pieces green-apple taffy (such as Airheads)
  • 1 piece green-apple taffy rope (such as Willy Wonka Laffy Taffy Ropes)

  1. Heat oven to 350?F. Line 6 standard size and 24 mini muffin pans with paper liners. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Divide batter among muffin cups and bake mini cupcakes for 15 to 20 minutes and standard cupcakes for 25 to 28.
  2. Tint 3 tbsp. frosting yellow, 2/3 cup frosting light purple, and the remaining frosting pink. Ice 1 standard-size cupcake with yellow frosting. Roll edge in yellow jimmies. Place cupcake in the center of plate. Ice 7 mini cupcakes with the purple frosting and roll edges in purple jimmies. Repeat with 13 mini cupcakes using pink frosting and pink jimmies.
  3. Arrange mini cupcakes around the yellow cupcake as shown. Cut the flat taffy into leaf shapes and arrange next to the rope taffy for stem. Freeze the remaining cupcakes for another use.

Copyright ? 2006. Reprinted with permission from the April 2006 issue of Parents magazine.