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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.
20 min
1 hr 23 min
24 servings

What You Need

pkg.  (2-layer size) white cake mix
cup  dry JELL-O Berry Blue Flavor Gelatin (from 3-oz. pkg.)
cup  dry JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin (from 3-oz. pkg.)
container  (16 oz.) ready-to-spread vanilla frosting
cup  thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
pkg.  (0.33 oz. each) strawberry popping candy
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.

SPOON frosting into medium bowl. Add COOL WHIP; whisk until blended. Pipe onto cupcakes. (See tip.) Sprinkle with popping candy; insert licorice "wicks."

Kraft Kitchens Tips

How to Pipe COOL WHIP Mixture onto Cupcakes
Insert desired decorating tip in pastry bag. Fold down top of pastry bag about halfway to form cuff. Spoon enough COOL WHIP mixture 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 COOL WHIP mixture from leaking out from top of bag. If you don't have a pastry bag, you can use a resealable plastic bag instead. Spoon COOL WHIP mixture into bag, then cut piece off one bottom corner of bag. Twist top of bag as directed, then use to pipe COOL WHIP mixture 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.
Spread COOL WHIP mixture onto cupcakes instead of piping it onto the cupcakes.
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