Jungle Animal Cupcakes

Jungle Animal Cupcakes

Lions and tigers, oh my! Create a jungle of decorating activities by making kids' favorite animals.

Prep Time

2:45

Hrs:Mins

Total Time

2:45

Hrs:Mins

Makes

24

cupcakes

Cupcakes and Frosting
1
box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow or devil’s food cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
1 1/4
cups Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy chocolate frosting
Black food color
2 1/2
cups Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Yellow and red food color
Lion Decorations
1 1/2
cups caramel popcorn
12
brown miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
12
pretzel sticks
12
pieces Cheerios® cereal (any flavor)
Tiger Decorations
12
brown miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
12
orange chewy fruit-flavored gumdrops (not sugar coated), cut in half crosswise, top halves discarded
Monkey Decorations
12
brown miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
6
miniature marshmallows, cut in half crosswise, pieces flattened
12
small round chocolate-covered creamy mints
Zebra Decorations
6
round vanilla wafer cookies
24
brown miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
6
black chewy licorice-flavored gumdrops (not sugar coated), cut in half vertically
  1. 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. Decorate cupcakes to make 6 lions, 6 tigers, 6 monkeys and 6 zebras.
  2. In small bowl, mix 1/2 cup chocolate frosting with black food color to make black frosting. Place in resealable plastic freezer bag; cut small tip off 1 corner of bag. Use black frosting to decorate lions, tigers, monkeys and zebras (steps 3 through 7).
  3. Lions and Tigers: In medium bowl, mix 1 cup vanilla frosting with enough yellow and red food colors to make orange. In small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon orange frosting with 3 tablespoons white vanilla frosting to make lighter orange for muzzles. Frost 12 cupcakes with darker orange frosting. For muzzle, spread or pipe small circle of lighter orange frosting on each cupcake.
  4. For lions, place caramel corn around edges of cupcakes for mane. For eyes, add brown baking bits. For whiskers, break about 1/2-inch pieces off each end of pretzel sticks and insert in cupcakes. For ears, add cereal pieces. Using black frosting, pipe on mouth and nose.
  5. For tigers, use black frosting to pipe on stripes, nose and mouth. For eyes, add brown baking bits. For ears, add gumdrop halves.
  6. Monkeys: Frost 6 cupcakes with chocolate frosting. In small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon chocolate frosting and 2 tablespoons vanilla frosting to make light brown. For muzzle, spread or pipe circle of light brown on each cupcake that starts in middle and extends to edge; pipe small tuft of hair on opposite edge. For each eye, attach brown baking bit to marshmallow half with frosting; place on cupcakes. With black frosting, pipe on nose and mouth. For ears, add mints.
  7. Zebras: Cut small horizontal slit in top of 6 cupcakes near edge of paper cup. Insert edge of vanilla wafer cookie into each slit to create elongated face, adding small amount of vanilla frosting to cookie before inserting to help stick. Frost cupcakes with vanilla frosting. For muzzles, frost cookies with black frosting. With black frosting, pipe on stripes and mane. Add brown baking bits for nostrils and eyes. For ears, add black gumdrop halves, cut sides down.
Makes 24 cupcakes
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Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Cupcake (Cake and Frosting Only))
  • Calories 290
    • (Calories from Fat 110),
  • Total Fat 12g
    • (Saturated Fat 3g,
    • Trans Fat 2 1/2g),
  • Cholesterol 25mg;
  • Sodium 240mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 43g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 31g),
  • Protein 1g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 2 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;
    • 2 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 3;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.