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Turtle Cupcakes Pull-Apart

Makes 24 cupcakesCupcake Recipes from AlansKitchen.com

Prep Time: 30 min.
Baking Time: 20 min.
Cooling Time: 40 min.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box yellow or devil's food cake mix
  •    Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 1 container (1 lb) Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
  •    Green food color
  • 1 container (1 lb) Rich & Creamy chocolate frosting
  • 4 green candy-coated chocolate candies
  • 4 brown miniature candy-coated chocolate candies, if desired
  • 1 piece red string licorice
  • 1 green licorice twist, cut in half

Cupcake Baking Directions:

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F (325-degrees F for dark or nonstick pans).  Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.

1) Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for cupcakes, using water, oil and eggs.

2) Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

3) In small bowl, mix vanilla frosting and green food color until desired shade.

4) Place 1/4 cup green frosting and 1/4 cup chocolate frosting in separate small resealable plastic freezer bags; seal bags.

5) Cut small tip from corner of each bag; set aside.

6) On each of 2 large serving trays, arrange 12 cupcakes as shown in diagram. Frost shell of one turtle with chocolate frosting.

Pull-Apart Cupcakes7) Frost head and feet with green frosting. (Push cupcakes together slightly to frost entire turtle, not just individual cupcakes.)

8) Pipe green frosting on chocolate shell to create turtle design. Add 2 candies for eyes; add pupils with chocolate frosting.

9) Add nostrils with chocolate frosting or miniature chocolate candies. Add red string licorice for mouth (trimming to fit) and green licorice for tail.

10) Frost remaining cupcakes with green frosting for shell and chocolate frosting for head and feet. Pipe chocolate frosting on green shell to create turtle design.

11) Add 2 candies for eyes; add pupils with chocolate frosting. Add nostrils with green frosting or miniature chocolate candies.

12) Add red string licorice for mouth (trimming to fit) and green licorice for tail. Store loosely covered.

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