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Ingredients

Cupcakes
Decorations

Directions

Cupcakes
  • Heat oven to 325 degrees. Line 16 cups of 2 muffin tins with paper or foil liners. Blend flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder in a bowl.

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  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar. In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese with 1/4 cup of the boiling water. Beat eggs, one at a time, into butter mixture, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.

  • On low, beat in half the flour mixture, then the cream cheese mixture, followed by remaining flour mixture.

  • Remove 1 cup of the batter to a small bowl. Whisk remaining 1/4 cup boiling water into cocoa powder. Fold into smaller portion of batter.

  • Fill cupcake liners half full of vanilla batter. Divide chocolate batter evenly among cups. Swirl with a knife. Bake at 325° for 18 to 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Decorations
  • Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. On low, beat in confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla. Separate 1/2 cup of the frosting and place in a resealable plastic bag. Tint remaining frosting green. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with #233, #234 or star tip. Pipe onto cupcakes to resemble grass (alternately, spread green frosting onto cupcakes). Snip a tiny corner off bag with white frosting and pipe lines and numbers on cupcakes. Place a chocolate-covered almond on each cake and pipe on laces with white frosting.

Nutrition Facts

372 calories; 19 g total fat; 11 g saturated fat; 73 mg cholesterol; 223 mg sodium. 48 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 5 g protein;

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