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Frankenstein Cupcakes

Frankenstein Cupcakes provide fun without the fright for your little ones this Halloween.

For a spooktacular table that isn’t too scary for young children, create a scene filled with food shaped as monsters and ghouls that are as cute as they are delicious. Here’s one sweet treat to try: Frankenstein Cupcakes. Start with your favorite cupcake recipe (or you can use boxed cake mix), and have fun decorating them. The kids can even lend a helping hand, too.

Frankenstein Cupcakes

Makes 12
Prep time: 10-15 minutes

1 dozen cupcakes from your favorite recipe
Green food coloring gel
1 toothpick
4 Tablespoons water
Pastry brush
12 large white marshmallows
1 cup white frosting
Purple food coloring gel
6 green gumdrops, quartered lengthwise
24 red Dots candies
Tube of chocolate frosting with a fine tip
Cookie sheet lined with wax paper

1. Bake and cool 1 dozen cupcakes using your favorite recipe.
2. Dip the toothpick in the green food coloring and swirl in a small bowl filled with the water until you reach desired shade of green. Quickly and lightly brush the marshmallows with the diluted green food coloring on all sides and place on lined cookie sheet to dry.
3. Meanwhile, tint the white frosting with purple food coloring gel until you reach the desired shade of lavender. Frost the cupcakes.
4. Place tinted and dried marshmallows on the tops of the frosted cupcakes slightly rear of center. Place 2 slices of gumdrops in front to form arms and two dots on either side of head to form the bolts.
5. Pipe chocolate frosting on top to form hair and in front to form the face.

Another Marshmallow idea

Cut large white marshmallows into letters to spell the word Boo. You can carefully slice into shape by using a paring knife. Arrange onto orange-frosted cupcakes and sprinkle with black sugar crystals. Complete by outlining
letters with tube of chocolate frosting.

By Kristen Doyle • Photography and recipe by Laura Flowers

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