Crazy Critter Cupcakes

Surprise your guests with these creative chocolate cupcakes – a wonderful dessert treat.

  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 1 hr 10 min
  • ingredients 12
  • servings 24

Ingredients

1 2/3
cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2
cups sugar
1/2
cup baking cocoa
1/2
cup shortening
1
cup water
1
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon baking powder
1/2
teaspoon salt
2
eggs
1
tub (1 lb) chocolate ready-to-spread frosting
Assorted candies and cookies, if desired
1
tube (0.68 oz) black decorating gel, if desired
  • 1 Heat oven to 400ºF. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  • 2 Beat all ingredients except frosting, candies, cookies and decorating gel in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Fill cups 1/2 full.
  • 3 Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4 Spread with frosting. Decorate with candies to look like butterflies and ladybugs .
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
    Calories
    215
    (
    Calories from Fat
    80),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    9g
    9%
    (Saturated Fat
    5g,
    5%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    20mg
    20%;
    Sodium
    120mg
    120%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    32g
    32%
    (Dietary Fiber
    1g
    1%
    ),
    Protein
    2g
    2%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Iron
    4%;
    Exchanges:
    1 Starch; 1 Fruit; 2 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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