Diego Cupcakes

Diego Cupcakes

Chocolate candy-melts become Diego's hair, while candies and fruit leather are used to create his smiling face!

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Diego Cupcakes
Party Snacks
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.
More for Parents
This recipe is best suited for parents to make on their own or with minimal help from kids.

Servings: 24

Prep Time: 70 min.

Cook Time: 18-21 min.


  • 1 box (18.25 oz.) cake mix
  • 2 cups chocolate candy melts
  • 1 can (16 oz.) vanilla frosting
  • Pink and brown paste food coloring
  • 48 brown mini candies (M&M's)
  • 1 tube black decorating frosting
  • 1 roll strawberry fruit leather (Fruit by the Foot)
  • 48 oat cereal O's (Cheerios)


  • Diego Cupcake Template
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 350°F. Place 24 paper liners in the cupcake pans. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions. Divide evenly between the prepared pans. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean; 18 to 21 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool 5 minutes. Invert and cool completely.

  2. Step 2

    Line two cookie sheets with wax paper. Place the Diego Cupcake template under the wax paper. Melt the chocolate candies in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute, stirring frequently, until melted. Spoon into a resealable bag. Snip a small corner from the bag. Pipe an outline of Diego's hair onto the wax paper and fill in with the chocolate. Repeat with the remaining chocolate, reheating for a few seconds if necessary to make 24 pieces. Refrigerate until firm, about 5 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Spoon 1/4 cup of the vanilla frosting into a resealable bag; set it aside. Tint the remaining frosting a pale tan color and cover the tops of the cupcakes with the tinted frosting. Peel the chocolate from the wax paper and place the "hair" at the tops of the cupcakes.

  4. Step 4

    Snip a small corner from the bag of vanilla frosting and pipe small ovals for eyes. Place the brown candies in the center. Pipe eyebrows and pupils with the black frosting tube. Cut out the mouth shape from the fruit leather and place on the cupcakes. Add the cereal pieces as Diego's ears. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.

Tip: Kids will enjoy counting out (and taste testing) the mini chocolate candies used in this recipe.

Nurtition Facts

  • Calories: 288
  • Total Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 27mg
  • Sodium: 164mg
  • Total Carbs: 43g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 37g
  • Protein: 2g
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