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Scaredy Cakes

Our Test Kitchen home economists guarantee kids of all ages will delight in these funny-faced cupcakes. You can even enlist your little ones to help decorate them, using the candies we suggest or other candies to suit your taste.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Gel food coloring, optional
  • Assorted candies of your choice (Chiclets, black licorice nips, red shoestring licorice, Gummi Worms, M&M's, Life Savers, gumballs, strawberry sour belts, Tart 'n' Tangy's, Tic Tacs)


  • Prepare and bake cake according to package directions for cupcakes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Tint some of the frosting if desired. Frost cupcakes. Decorate with assorted candy to create monster faces.

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