Pablo Cupcakes

Pablo Cupcakes

Zip down the baking aisle at a supermarket. Everything you need to make these cupcakes is there. Include kids in the fun. They can add the beaks and hats.

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Pablo 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: 90 min.


  • 2 cans (16 oz. each) vanilla frosting
  • Green, blue, and purple paste food coloring
  • 24 chocolate-covered cookie cakes or marshmallow cookies (SnackWells® or Mallomars®)
  • 24 unfrosted cupcakes
  • 24 large yellow gum drops
  • 2 strands red licorice laces
  • 48 mini chocolate chips
  • 6 yellow fruit chews (Starburst®), quartered
  • 1 tube each red and black decorating frosting
Tip: You can practice your frosting skills in advance, using a little untinted icing and a piece of cardboard.


  1. Step 1

    Tint one can of the vanilla frosting green. Spoon 1 cup of the green frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a small star tip; set aside. Spoon 1/4 cup of the remaining frosting into a resealable bag; set aside. Tint the remaining frosting a dark blue/purple with the food colors.

  2. Step 2

    Place the cookies on a wire rack placed over a wax-paper-lined sheet pan. Heat the blue frosting in a microwave-proof measuring cup for 5 seconds, or until the texture of slightly whipped cream. (Do not overheat!) Pour the frosting over the cookies to cover completely. Reheat the excess if necessary. Reserve several tablespoons for the cap. Let the cookies dry for about 30 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, frost the tops of the cupcakes with the green frosting. Transfer the cookies to the center of each cupcake. Pipe several patches of "grass" with the frosting in the pastry bag with the star tip.

  4. Step 4

    Trim the gum drops and press at the top of the cookie to make Pablo's hat. Brush some of the reserved blue frosting on top. Attach small pieces of red licorice on top of the hat. Pipe dots of white frosting for the eyes and attach the mini chocolate chips, flat-side up. Add a small dot of vanilla frosting onto the chocolate chips. Mold the fruit chew into a small diamond shape. Attach as his beak and pipe a dot of red in the center. Add eyebrows with the black frosting. Continue with the remaining cupcakes and ingredients.

Tip: You may want to mold all of the Pablo beaks, and create all of the Pablo hats before assembling the cupcakes. At the end of this project you will be a real decorating pro!

Nurtition Facts

  • Calories: 404
  • Total Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 8 g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 19mg
  • Sodium: 190mg
  • Total Carbs: 70g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 53g
  • Protein: 2g
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