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Spring Polka Dot Cupcakes

Dot the day with deliciously simple and colorful cupcakes.

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  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 45 min
  • Servings 24

Cupcakes

1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ white cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box
1
box (4-serving size) orange-flavored gelatin

Bright Buttercream Frosting

3
cups powdered sugar
1/3
cup butter or margarine, softened
1
teaspoon vanilla
2
to 3 tablespoons milk
Yellow, red and blue food colors
1/3
cup white baking chips

Directions

  • 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.
  • 2 Make cake batter as directed on cake mix box, adding gelatin with the water. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups (about two-thirds full).
  • 3 Bake 22 to 27 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4 Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat powdered sugar and butter with spoon or with electric mixer on low speed until well blended. Beat in vanilla and 2 tablespoons of the milk. Gradually beat in just enough of the remaining milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. Divide frosting among 4 small bowls. Stir 6 drops yellow food color into frosting in one bowl. Stir 4 drops red food color into frosting in second bowl. Stir 6 to 8 drops blue food color into frosting in third bowl. Stir 4 drops yellow and 2 drops red food color into frosting in fourth bowl.
  • 5 Frost 6 cupcakes with each color of frosting. Poke 4 or 5 white vanilla baking chips, flat side up, into frosting on each cupcake to look like polka dots. Store loosely covered.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

Have fun making other colors and flavors of cupcakes by using lemon, lime, strawberry, raspberry or watermelon gelatin.

Try paste food color! It can be purchased at cake decorating and craft stores. The color is more concentrated, so a little goes a long way.

An easy way to frost cupcakes is to carefully dip tops into the frosting, give a slight twist and remove. Finish off with a swirl of a knife if needed.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
Calories
220
(
Calories from Fat
70),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
3 1/2g,
3 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
5mg
5%;
Sodium
180mg
180%;
Total Carbohydrate
36g
36%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
28g
28%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1/2 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 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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