Baby Rattle Pear Cupcakes

Slices of sweet pear are tucked inside tender cupcakes easily made from white cake mix. Gumdrop lollipop stick handles are a fun addition.

  • prep time 45 min
  • total time 1 hr 45 min
  • ingredients 14
  • servings 20

Ingredients

Cupcakes

1
box white cake mix
1
can (15 oz) sliced pears in light syrup, drained, 1/3 cup syrup reserved
1/3
cup vegetable oil
3
egg whites

Frosting

1/2
cup butter or margarine, softened
3
tablespoons shortening
1
teaspoon vanilla
4
cups powdered sugar
3
to 4 tablespoons milk
1
drop each of yellow and green food colors

Decorations

Candy sprinkles and decors, if desired
8
yards pastel satin or curling ribbon (1/4 inch), if desired
20
paper lollipop sticks (4 1/2 inch)
20
small gumdrops
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 20 regular-size muffin cups.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat cake mix, pears, 1/3 cup reserved pear syrup, the oil and egg whites with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
  • 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 In medium bowl, beat butter, shortening, vanilla, powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons milk on low speed until well blended. Beat on medium speed, adding more milk if necessary, until fluffy and spreadable. Place 1/3 cup frosting in each of 2 small bowls. Add yellow food color to one bowl and stir to blend; add green food color to other bowl and stir to blend.
  • 5 Frost cupcakes with remaining white frosting. Pipe designs on cupcakes with yellow and green frostings. Decorate as desired with candy sprinkles. With bamboo skewer, poke hole in side of each cupcake. Tie ribbon bow in center of each lollipop stick. Add gumdrop to one end of each stick. Insert other ends of sticks into sides of cupcakes, just below frosting, to form rattles. Store loosely covered.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Cupcake (Cake and Frosting Only)
    Calories
    300
    (
    Calories from Fat
    100),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    11g
    11%
    (Saturated Fat
    4 1/2g,
    4 1/2%
    Trans Fat
    1/2g
    1/2%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    10mg
    10%;
    Sodium
    200mg
    200%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    49g
    49%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    37g
    37%
    ),
    Protein
    1g
    1%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    2%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    4%;
    Iron
    2%;
    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 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    3
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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