Bugged with plain old cupcakes? Add some fun decorations, and create a kid-friendly picnic.
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ cake mix (any flavor)
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
container Betty Crocker™ Whipped fluffy white or vanilla frosting
Assorted gumdrops and candies
Betty Crocker™ Fruit by the Foot™ chewy fruit snack rolls (any variety)
tube (0.68 oz) Betty Crocker™ black decorating gel
Heat oven to 350°F (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. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Frost cupcakes with frosting. Decorate with whole or cut-up gumdrops, candies, cut-up or thinly rolled fruit snacks and gel to look like ladybugs, bumblebees, butterflies, caterpillars and beetles.
If you have only one pan and a recipe calls for more cupcakes than your pan will make, cover and refrigerate the rest of the batter while baking the first batch. Cool the pan about 15 minutes, then bake the rest of the batter, adding 1 to 2 minutes to the bake time.
When cutting gumdrops, dip knife or kitchen scissors into water to keep from sticking.
Look for paper baking cups in festive colors and special designs at your supermarket, party store or paper warehouse.
If you'd like to display your bug cupcakes with some green coconut grass, place 2 cups shredded coconut in resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add about 8 drops green liquid food color; seal bag and shake to mix.
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Serving Size: 1 Cupcake (Cake and Frosting Only)
- Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat
- Trans Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
Exchanges:1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.