Mr. Sun Cupcakes

Rolled-out gumdrops are the decorating secret to these adorable cupcakes.

  • Prep Time 1 hr 15 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 20 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

Cupcakes

1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ butter recipe yellow or yellow cake mix
Water, butter or vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box

Frosting and Decorations

Yellow food color
1
container Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Powdered sugar
48
large yellow, orange and/or red gumdrops
1
tube (4.25 oz) Betty Crocker™ black decorating icing
1
tube (0.68 oz) Betty Crocker™ red decorating gel
  • 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 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.

Expert Tips

Roll and cut sun rays ahead of time so kids can easily assemble the cupcakes.

For brighter yellow frosting, use gel food color instead of liquid.

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.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cupcake (Cake and Frosting Only)
Calories
170
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
35mg
35%;
Sodium
190mg
190%;
Total Carbohydrate
28g
28%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
18g
18%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 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 Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.