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Scary Skull Cakes

Make headlines with these spooky treats, fashioned out of white cake mix and assorted candies.

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  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 1 hr 25 min
  • ingredients 7
  • servings 24
 

Ingredients

1
box white cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box
12
large marshmallows, halved
1
container whipped vanilla frosting
48
small chocolate-covered mint candies (from 4.75-oz box)
24
chocolate chips
1/4
cup slivered almonds

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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. Make, bake and cool cupcakes as directed on box.
  • 2 Carefully pull back a small section of paper from each cupcake; insert marshmallow half between paper and cake of each. Frost tops of cupcakes and marshmallows to look like skull shape.
  • 3 For each skull cake, use 2 mint candies for eyes, 1 chocolate chip, point side down, for nose, and 6 to 8 almonds for teeth. Store loosely covered.
  • 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. Make, bake and cool cupcakes as directed on box.
  • 2 Carefully pull back a small section of paper from each cupcake; insert marshmallow half between paper and cake of each. Frost tops of cupcakes and marshmallows to look like skull shape.
  • 3 For each skull cake, use 2 mint candies for eyes, 1 chocolate chip, point side down, for nose, and 6 to 8 almonds for teeth. Store loosely covered.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

These cupcakes can be made several days ahead and frozen. You can freeze them before or after decorating.

Look for Halloween-themed paper baking cups in the baking aisle at your local craft store.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
Calories
270
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
160mg
160%;
Total Carbohydrate
45g
45%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
34g
34%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1 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:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.