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Sunshine Cupcakes

Posted Apr 27 2009 11:41pm
How stinking cute are these?!
Sunshine Cupcakes
Courtesy of Betty Crocker

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 min
Total Time: 2 hours 20 min
Makes: 24 cupcakes
Cupcakes
1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
Frosting and Decorations
Yellow food color
1 container (1 lb) Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Powdered sugar
48 large yellow, orange and/or red gumdrops
Betty Crocker® black decorating icing (from 4.25-oz tube)
Betty Crocker® red decorating gel (from 0.68-oz tube)
1. Heat oven to 350°F (or 325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 24 cupcakes, using water, oil and eggs. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
2. Stir 15 drops food color into frosting until bright yellow. Frost cupcakes.
3. Lightly sprinkle powdered sugar on work surface and rolling pin. Roll 4 gumdrops at a time into flat ovals about 1/8 inch thick. Cut thin sliver off top and bottom of each oval to make rectangles. Cut each rectangle in half crosswise to make 2 squares; cut each square diagonally in half to make 2 triangles.
4. Arrange 8 gumdrop triangles around edge of each cupcake for sun rays. Using small writing tip on black icing tube, pipe sunglasses on each cupcake. Using red gel, pipe smiling mouth on each cupcake. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Store covered in refrigerator.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Follow High Altitude directions for cupcakes on cake mix box.
Do-Ahead
Roll and cut sun rays ahead of time so kids can easily assemble the cupcakes.
Success
For brighter yellow frosting, use gel food color instead of liquid.
Nutrition Information: 1 Frosted Cupcake (Undecorated)
Calories 200
Calories from Fat 70
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 1 1/2g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 190mg
Total Carbohydrate 30g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 21g
Protein 1g
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