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Dessert of the Month

Upsy Daisy and Bird's Nest Cupcakes

Makes: 24 cupcakes

Hands-on time: 35 min.

Total time: 1 hr., 45 min.


1 (18.25-oz.) box white, yellow or chocolate cake mix

Water, vegetable oil, eggs

1 (18-oz.) container vanilla frosting

Spice-drop candies

2 cups sweetened coconut

Green food coloring

Assorted colored jelly beans


Prepare cupcakes according to package directions using water, oil and eggs. Bake as directed. Cool 10 minutes; remove to wire rack. Cool completely.

For Upsy Daisy Cupcakes: Frost each cupcake. Flatten spice-drop candies to form petals, centers and leaves. Arrange on tops of frosted cupcakes to form flowers.

For Bird's Nest Cupcakes: Frost each cupcake. Make an indentation in the center of each cupcake using a small teaspoon. Combine 1 teaspoon water with 5 to 8 drops green food coloring in zip-top bag; add coconut. Seal bag; shake to tint coconut. Sprinkle coconut over the tops of frosted cupcakes; press gently to form nest shapes. Arrange three jelly beans in each nest.