Jungle Animal Cupcakes

Jungle Animal Cupcakes

You will need:

  • 2 x 600g pkt Betty Crocker® Super Moist Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 453g tub Betty Crocker® Ready-to-Spread Vanilla Frosting

  • Lion Decorations
  • 1 1/2 cups caramel popcorn
  • 12 brown miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
  • 12 pretzel sticks
  • 12 pieces cheerios cereal or small round lollies for ears

  • Tiger Decorations
  • 12 brown miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
  • 12 orange chewy fruit-flavored gumdrops, cut in half crosswise, top halves discarded

  • Monkey Decorations
  • 12 brown miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
  • 6 miniature marshmallows, cut in half crosswise, pieces flattened
  • 12 small round chocolate-covered creamy mints

  • Zebra Decorations
  • 6 round vanilla wafer cookies
  • 24 brown miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
  • 6 black chewy licorice-flavored gumdrops, cut in half vertically
45 Mins

Follow these basic steps

  1. Preheat oven for 10 minutes at 200°C/400°F (180°C fan-forced oven). Line a standard 12-cup (1/3 cup) muffin tray with cupcake cases.
  2. Beat Cake Mix, water, oil and eggs in a large bowl with electric mixer on LOW speed for 30 seconds, then on MEDIUM speed for 2 minutes. Spoon mixture into muffin cases. Bake for 25 minutes or until tops spring back when touched lightly in the centre.
  3. Decorate cupcakes to make 6 lions, 6 tigers, 6 monkeys and 6 zebras.
  4. In small bowl, mix 1/2 cup chocolate frosting with black food color to make black frosting. Place in resealable food-storage plastic freezer bag; cut small tip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Will use black frosting to decorate lions, tigers, monkeys and zebras
  5. Lions and Tigers: In medium bowl, mix 1 cup vanilla frosting with enough yellow and red food colors to make orange. In small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon orange frosting with 3 tablespoons white vanilla frosting to make lighter orange for muzzles. Frost 12 cupcakes with darker orange frosting. For muzzle, spread or pipe small circle of lighter orange frosting on each cupcake.
  6. For lions, place caramel corn around edges of cupcakes for mane. For eyes, add brown baking bits. For whiskers, break about 1cm pieces off each end of pretzel sticks and insert in cupcakes. For ears, add cereal pieces. Using black frosting, pipe on mouth and nose.
  7. For tigers, use black frosting to pipe on stripes, nose and mouth. For eyes, add brown baking bits. For ears, add gumdrop halves.
  8. Monkeys: Frost 6 cupcakes with chocolate frosting. In small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon chocolate frosting and 2 tablespoons vanilla frosting to make light brown. For muzzle, spread or pipe circle of light brown on each cupcake that starts in middle and extends to edge; pipe small tuft of hair on opposite edge. For each eye, attach brown baking bit to marshmallow half with frosting; place on cupcakes. With black frosting, pipe on nose and mouth. For ears, add mints.
  9. Zebras: Cut small horizontal slit in top of 6 cupcakes near edge of paper cup. Insert edge of vanilla wafer cookie into each slit to create elongated face, adding small amount of vanilla frosting to cookie before inserting to help stick. Frost cupcakes with vanilla frosting. For muzzles, frost cookies with black frosting. With black frosting, pipe on stripes and mane. Add brown baking bits for nostrils and eyes. For ears, add black gumdrop halves, cut sides down.
  10. Tips from the Betty Crocker® Kitchen
  11. The sachet of frosting can be used to for decorating the cupcakes or saved to be used for another cake.

* Australian Standard Measuring Cup used.