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Desserts

Patriotic Cupcakes

Patriotic Cupcakes recipe
photo by:kraft
Remember popping candy? Sprinkle it on these red, white and blue cupcakes to make kid-friendly treats for patriotic holidays.
time
prep:
20 min
total:
1 hr 25 min
servings
total:
24 servings

What You Need

1
pkg.  (2-layer size) white cake mix
1/4
cup  dry JELL-O Berry Blue Flavor Gelatin (from 3-oz. pkg.)
1/4
cup  dry JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin (from 3-oz. pkg.)
1
tub  (10.6 oz.) COOL WHIP Vanilla Whipped Frosting, thawed
2
pkg.  (0.33 oz. each) strawberry popping candy
24
pieces  string licorice (2 inch each)

Make It

PREPARE cake batter as directed on package; pour half into separate bowl.

STIR different flavor dry gelatin mix into batter in each bowl. Spoon berry blue batter evenly into 24 paper-lined muffin cups; top with strawberry batter. Bake as directed on package for cupcakes. Cool completely.

SPREAD or pipe frosting onto cupcakes. Sprinkle with popping candy; insert licorice "wicks."

Kraft Kitchens Tips

How to Pipe Frosting
Insert desired decorating tip in pastry bag. Fold down top of pastry bag about halfway to form cuff. Spoon enough frosting into bag to fill halfway. Unfold cuffed top and twist bag until it meets level of frosting in bag. To pipe, hold bag firmly and squeeze from top of bag, keeping bag twisted to prevent frosting from leaking out from top of bag. If you don't have a pastry bag, you can use a resealable plastic bag instead. Spoon frosting into bag, then cut piece off one bottom corner of bag. Twist top of bag as directed, then use to pipe frosting onto cupcakes.
How to Use the Remaining Dry Gelatin Mixes
Combine leftover dry gelatin mixes in medium bowl. Add 3/4 cup boiling water; stir 2 min. until mixes are completely dissolved. Stir in 3/4 cup cold water. Refrigerate several hours or until firm.
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