Ming-Ming Cupcakes

Ming-Ming Cupcakes

Ming-Ming cupcakes are a "serious" treat, only to be made and enjoyed by "serious" cupcake fans.

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

Servings: 24

Prep Time: 80 min.

Cook Time: 18 to 21 min.

Step-by-Step Video

Ingredients

  • 1 box (18.25 oz.) cake mix
  • 1 can (16 oz.) vanilla frosting
  • Yellow food coloring
  • 36 chocolate taffy candies (such as Tootsie Rolls®)
  • 1 roll green apple taffy (such as Fruit by the Foot®)
  • 24 pink taffy candies (such as Starburst®)
  • 48 brown candy-coated sunflower seeds or mini candies (such as mini M&M's®)
  • 48 brown candy-coated chocolates (such as M&M's®)
  • Toothpicks

Supplies

  • Cupcake pans
  • 24 cupcake liners
  • 2 plastic resealable bags
  • Ming-Ming Hat 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.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 24 cupcake cups with paper liners. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions and divide the batter evenly between the prepared cupcake pans. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 18 to 21 minutes. Transfer the cupcake pans to a wire rack and cool for 5 minutes. Invert the cupcakes and cool completely.

  2. Step 2

    Spoon 2 tablespoons of vanilla frosting into a resealable bag and set it aside. Tint the remaining vanilla frosting pale yellow. Spoon 1/2 cup of the yellow frosting into a resealable bag. Cover the tops of the cupcakes with the remaining yellow frosting.

  3. Step 3

    Cut 12 of the chocolate taffies in half lengthwise. Soften them in the microwave for several seconds and roll them out flat. Use the hat templates to cut out Ming-Ming's aviator hat. Arrange the two side flaps on each cupcake, and then place the top piece. Add the green apple taffy (soften in the microwave for a few seconds) to the bottom of the cupcake to make Ming-Ming's scarf. Snip a small corner from the bag of yellow frosting and pipe a few feathers over the scarf.

  4. Step 4

    Heat the pink taffy in the microwave for a few seconds to soften. Shape them into the beaks. Use a toothpick to make the nostrils. Press the beaks into the center of the cupcakes. Add the small brown candies to make the eyes. Snip a very small corner from the bag with the vanilla frosting and pipe white dots on the eyes. Pipe frosting dots on the hat and add the larger chocolate candies to make Ming-Ming's goggles.

Tip: Kids will enjoy counting out the all of the different candies that decorate for these cupcakes.

Nurtition Facts

  • Calories: 283
  • Total Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 28mg
  • Sodium: 164mg
  • Total Carbs: 47g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 38g
  • Protein: 2g
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