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Stars and Stripes Cupcakes

Stars and Stripes Cupcakes
  • Prep 45 min
  • Total 1 hr 40 min
  • Servings 24
Create fireworks with easy-mix red, white and blue cupcakes.
Updated August 8, 2011

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ white cake mix
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 jar (10 oz) maraschino cherries (about 38 cherries), drained, finely chopped and patted dry

Glaze

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Decoration

  • 24 blue candy stars
  • Betty Crocker™ red decorating icing (from 4.25-oz tube)

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F (350°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, sour cream, oil, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract and the eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in cherries. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full.
  • 3
    Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat powdered sugar, water, corn syrup and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Spoon over cupcakes, using back of spoon to spread. Let stand 10 minutes.
  • 5
    Place 1 candy star on each cupcake as shown. Using writing tip, pipe icing in wavy stripes on each cupcake to look like flag. Store loosely covered.

  • When making the glaze, start with 3 tablespoons water; if the glaze is too stiff, add 1 teaspoon water at a time until the glaze is spreadable.
  • Look for red paper baking cups at kitchen specialty stores or wherever cake-decorating supplies are sold.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
Calories
200
Calories from Fat
50
Total Fat
5g
8%
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
8%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
30mg
10%
Sodium
150mg
6%
Potassium
30mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
37g
12%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
28g
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
2%
2%
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 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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