Substitute 1 box white cake mix for the yellow cupcakes. Make cake mix as directed on box for cupcakes except—use 1 1/4 cups water, 1/3 cup oil and 4 egg whites and beat in 1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened. Toss 1 cup chopped dried cherries and 1/2 cup chopped pistachio nuts with 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour; stir into batter. Bake 20 to 24 minutes. Cool as directed on box. For the frosting, substitute 1 container vanilla creamy ready-to-spread frosting. Garnish as directed in recipe.
Bake these cupcakes, but don’t frost them. Place in an airtight container and freeze. A few hours before serving, remove them from the freezer, frost and decorate.