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Stars and Stripes Cupcakes

Stars and Stripes Cupcakes

Create fireworks with easy-mix red, white and blue cupcakes.

Ingredients

Cupcakes

Glaze

Decoration

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  2. In large bowl, beat cake mix, sour cream, oil, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract and the eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in cherries. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full.
  3. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat powdered sugar, water, corn syrup and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Spoon over cupcakes, using back of spoon to spread. Let stand 10 minutes.
  5. Place 1 candy star on each cupcake as shown. Using writing tip, pipe icing in wavy stripes on each cupcake to resemble flag.

Prep Time 45 Min | Total Time 1 Hr 40 Min | Servings: 24

Expert Tips

When making the glaze, start with 3 tablespoons water; if the glaze is too stiff, add 1 teaspoon water at a time until the glaze is spreadable.

Look for red paper baking cups at kitchen specialty stores or wherever cake-decorating supplies are sold.

Nutrition Information: 1 Serving (1 Cupcake) Calories 240 (Calories from Fat 80), Total Fat 9g (Saturated Fat 2 1/2g, Trans Fat 1/2g), Cholesterol 35mg; Sodium 160mg; Total Carbohydrate 38g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 28g), Protein 2g

Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 1/2 Fat

Carbohydrate Choices: 2 1/2

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe and photo credit: Betty Crocker.


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