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carrot cake cupcakes

carrot cake cupcakes

My kids are having a great time playing outdoors right now with the warmer weather, and they are really looking forward to planting our annual garden. When I saw these carrot patch cupcakes from Betty Crocker, it reminded me of how much fun they have watching our plants grow. This recipe is super easy, and uses a cake mix and pre-made frosting. Chocolate cookies make the “dirt” and the carrots are made from fruit rolls and sour candies. Perfect way to celebrate Spring!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

1 box carrot cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
3 rolls chewy fruit snack
3 green-colored sour candies, separated into strips
1 container Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy cream cheese frosting
1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Bake and cool cupcakes as directed on package for 24 cupcakes.

2. Meanwhile, cut fruit snack into triangles. Roll up fruit snack to make a carrot shape. Repeat with remaining fruit snacks to make about 30 carrots. Cut green sour candies in half crosswise; cut each half into quarters lengthwise to make thin strips of green candy. Press thin green strips into large end of carrot to make greens on carrot. Repeat with remaining candy.

3. Spread frosting over cupcakes. Sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Randomly place carrot shapes on tops of cupcakes or press them into cupcakes to make them look like they are planted.