Skeleton Cupcakes

Skeleton Cupcakes
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Prep Time
45 min
Prep Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. Cupcakes
  2. 1 box(es) (18 1/4-ounce) white cake mix
  3. 4 large egg whites
  4. 1 cup(s) milk
  5. 1/3 cup(s) canola oil
  6. 2 can(s) (16 ounces each) vanilla frosting
  7. Decorations
  8. 18 marshmallows
  9. 4-inch lollipop sticks
  10. Black food color
  11. Decorating pen
  12. Black writing gel
  13. 72 yogurt-covered mini-pretzels
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 18 regular size muffin cups with white liners.
  2. Beat cake mix, egg whites, milk and oil in large bowl with mixer on low speed 1 minute until blended; increase speed to medium and continue to beat 2 minutes or until batter is smooth. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.
  3. Bake 20 to 22 minutes until a wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack 10 minutes before removing cupcakes to rack to cool completely. Frost cupcakes with vanilla frosting.
  4. To decorate: Slightly flatten marshmallows with palm of your hand. Insert a lollipop stick into each marshmallow. With the black decorating pen, using photo as a guide, draw the skeleton mouth along the bottom of each marshmallow. Draw 2 nostrils above the middle of the mouth, as shown. Make the eyes with dabs of the black writing gel.
  5. For each skeleton, carefully thread the stick end of the marshmallow head through the small hole of a pretzel, slowly twisting the pretzel from side to side as you push it up toward the head, stopping about 1/2 inch below the head. Secure the pretzel in position with a dab of frosting. Add 2 more pretzels, lining them up, to resemble the rib cage, securing with dabs of frosting. Stick the skeleton into the top of a cupcake. To make the arms, carefully cut a pretzel in half with a serrated knife and attach to the top rib with frosting as shown. Repeat with remaining skeletons.
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