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Pirate's Hidden Treasure Cupcakes

Pirate's Hidden Treasure Cupcakes
  • Prep 50 min
  • Total 1 hr 55 min
  • Servings 24
Surprise! Treasures of candies are hidden in these fun chocolate cupcakes.
Updated August 24, 2011

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 24 miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cup candies (from 12-oz bag), unwrapped

Frosting and Decorations

  • 1 container Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
  • 2 rolls (from 4.5-oz box) Betty Crocker™ Fruit by the Foot™ chewy fruit snack (any red color)
  • 24 pieces Cheerios™ cereal or small ring-shaped candies (about 4 teaspoons)
  • 3 tablespoons miniature candy-coated semisweet chocolate baking bits
  • 1 tablespoon semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 pieces black string licorice (each 34 inches long)

Steps

  • 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
    In large bowl, make cake mix as directed on box--except use 3/4 cup water, the oil and eggs. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Place 1 candy in top of batter for each cupcake (candies will sink as cupcakes bake).
  • 3
    Bake as directed on box for cupcakes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4
    Frost cupcakes with frosting. Cut 12-inch piece from 1 fruit snack roll; set aside. From remaining fruit snack, cut 24 (2-inch) pieces; cut crescent-shaped piece from each. Peel off paper backing; add 1 piece to each cupcake for top of kerchief.
  • 5
    Cut reserved fruit snack into 12 (1-inch) pieces; peel off paper backing. Cut each piece in half lengthwise. Twist each piece in middle; add to 1 end of crescent-shaped fruit snack on each cupcake, forming tie of kerchief. Add 1 piece of cereal under each tie for earring. Use baking bits, chocolate chips and licorice to make facial features and eye patches. Store covered.

  • Having a birthday party? Complete the theme by having eye patches and red kerchiefs for the kids to wear.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cupcake (Cake and Frosting Only)
Calories
240
Calories from Fat
100
Total Fat
11g
17%
Saturated Fat
3g
14%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
25mg
9%
Sodium
230mg
10%
Potassium
75mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
34g
11%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
23g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
4%
4%
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; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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