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    Clever slicing and colored icing transform simple cupcakes into real delights. Gumdrop heads and licorice antennae may be the first thing picked off and popped into happy mouths. Finally, something from the insect world you don't have to grab out of children's curious hands. You can use either the Swiss Meringue Buttercream or Simple Sugar Icing to frost these cupcakes -- both work equally well.

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
    • 3 cups sugar
    • 1 tablespoon baking soda
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
    • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • 1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 6 egg whites
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 2 pounds confectioners' sugar, sifted
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • Food coloring
    • Gumdrops
    • Licorice strings

    Instructions

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 30
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 456 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 19 g 29.27%
    • Saturated Fat: 9 g 44.78%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 35 mg 11.68%
    • Sodium: 409 mg 17.06%
    • Calcium: 39 mg 3.94%
    • Potassium: 192 mg 5.49%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 2 mg 8.35%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 69 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 2 g 8.31%
    • Sugar: 52 g
    • Protein: 9 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 7.95%
    • Vitamin C 0.4%
    • Vitamin D 0.55%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat4
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs3
    • Exchange - Starch1
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total1 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total1 oz-eq

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