Baby Jaguar Cupcakes

Baby Jaguar Cupcakes

Food coloring and icing give the jaguar his color. Candies, such as gum drops and fruit leather, are used for his whiskers and eyes.

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Baby Jaguar Cupcakes
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Try this recipe at your child's next party. Double the ingredients or divide them in half, depending on the size of your celebration.
Allergy Alert
This recipe contains one or more of the following common food allergens: dairy, nuts, soy, wheat, or eggs.

Servings: 24

Prep Time: 70 min.

Cook Time: 18-21 min.


  • 1 box (18.25 oz.) cake mix
  • 1 can (16 oz.) plus 1 cup vanilla frosting
  • Yellow and brown paste food coloring
  • 48 orange mini candies (M&M's)
  • 1 tube black decorating frosting
  • 12 red gum drops (Dots)
  • 24 pink gum drops (Dots)
  • 1 roll strawberry fruit leather (Fruit by the Foot)
  • Black licorice laces


  • 24 paper cupcake liners
  • Cupcake pans
Tip: Check your market for a package of plastic frosting bags. To fill one, fold the top half down, holding the bottom with one hand. With the other hand, and using a large spoon, scoop frosting into it. Unfold the bag. To use the bag, hold at the top and push down using a twisting motion.


  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350F. Place cupcake liners in the cupcake pans. Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions. Divide evenly between the prepared pans. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean; 18 to 21 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool 5 minutes. Invert and cool completely.

  2. Step 2

    Spoon 1 cup of the vanilla frosting into a resealable bag; set it aside. Tint the remaining frosting a golden brown using the paste food coloring (start with a speck of each paste and add more if necessary). Spoon 1/2 cup of the tinted frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a small star tip. Cover the tops of the cupcakes with the remaining tinted frosting. Snip a small corner from the bag of vanilla frosting. Pipe the mouth area, eyes, and eyebrows. Place the orange candies in the center for Baby Jaguar's eyes. Pipe the pupils, spots, and mouth with the black frosting.

  3. Step 3

    Cut the red gum drops in half and use one piece as the nose. Cut the pink gum drops in half and attach at the top of the cupcakes as ears. Cut out the mouth shape from the fruit leather and place on the cupcakes. Pipe the remaining golden brown frosting around the ears and face. Cut the black licorice into 1-inch pieces and press into the cupcakes.

  4. Step 4

    Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.

Tip: Kids will enjoy counting out the gumdrops and other candies that decorate these cupcakes!

Nurtition Facts

  • Calories: 327
  • Total Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 28mg
  • Sodium: 189mg
  • Total Carbs: 56g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 45g
  • Protein: 2g
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