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Cupcake Poppers

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Cupcake Poppers
  • Prep Time 1 hr 15 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 30
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Cupcake Poppers

Get playful with your food and watch as simple cupcakes take on a little color and turn into super-fun Cupcake Poppers. Start with Betty Crocker™ cake mix and liven it up with bright colors and fluffy frosting.



box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ white cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box
teaspoon each gel or liquid food colors (neon pink, neon purple, neon orange, neon green, classic blue)


1 1/2
cups marshmallow creme
cup butter, softened
1 1/4
cups powdered sugar
Gel or liquid food colors (neon pink, neon purple, neon orange, neon green, classic blue)


  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 60 mini muffin cups. Make cake batter as directed on box. Divide batter among 5 small bowls, about 3/4 cup each. Make 5 different colors of batter by adding 1/4 teaspoon food color to each bowl; blend well.
  • 2 Fill each muffin cup with 1 level measuring tablespoon batter, making 12 cupcakes of each color.
  • 3 Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely, about 10 minutes.
  • 4 In large bowl, beat marshmallow creme and butter with electric mixer on medium speed until blended. Beat in powdered sugar until fluffy. Divide frosting among 5 small bowls, about 1/3 cup each. Using the same 5 food colors, lightly tint frosting in each bowl to match the cupcake colors.
  • 5 Assemble each popper using 2 mini cupcakes. Cut tops off each cupcake horizontally (save bottoms for another use). Spread or pipe about 1 tablespoon frosting on cut side of 1 cupcake top. Form a sandwich by placing cut side of second cupcake top on frosting; press lightly. Repeat with remaining cupcake tops. Store loosely covered.
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A Mother’s Day Celebration She’ll Love

As prepared by Sandi Arata,

This year, go beyond the usual nice-brunch-at-a-restaurant for Mother’s Day. Instead, plan an all-girls luncheon to honor her.

Invite all the women of the family together to celebrate: Mom, Grandma, sisters, sisters-in-law, daughters, granddaughters, aunts, you name it. It sounds like a big production, but in fact it can be quite simple to pull together.

Set the stage for a proper but comfortable celebration. Encourage guests to pull out the fun clothes and their best bling. After all, this is a classy affair for a classy lady!


Tulips or other spring flowers are a must. If you’re flower-arrangement-challenged like me, use several small vases with just a few blooms in each. This is a stress-free way to make a lovely display.

mothers day tulips

Find some beautiful quotes about moms and put them in pretty frames around the table. My favorite quote for Mother’s Day is from Kate Wiggin, a teacher and author who lived at the turn of the last century. I think it is still beautiful today:

“Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world.”

Wouldn’t that make a lovely centerpiece for your table, paired with some spring flowers? There are numerous quotes to be found in books or online that will lend themselves perfectly to your celebration.

mothers day quotes

Food and Drinks

For drinks, get creative and offer Mom-tinis or Mom-osas (depending on how boozy you want to get). Make a sign to display the names and main ingredients of the cocktails. And offer some drinks without alcohol as well.

For a light lunch, you don’t need more than several salads and good bread on the side. Recruit some of the other gals to help with the food. I suggest having one of two green salads, a broccoli salad, and perhaps a chicken salad.

Cupcakes in spring colors make a perfect finish to the meal.

mothers day cupcakes

Don’t forget to send Mom home with something to remember her fun day. Purchase a small scrapbook from a craft or scrapbooking store. Cut colored paper to the size that will fit into the book. At the party, have each guest write a little message to the guest of honor. You can also add pictures of the luncheon to the scrapbook later. It makes a little keepsake that she will love more than any gift you could buy her at the mall.

Mom's Day Menu Ideas

Here are some more great treats to make for the lovely ladies in your life:

Peachy Mimosas

Berry Bellini Cocktails

Chicken Waldorf Salad

Creamy Advocado Tuna Salad

Chocolate Meringue Kisses

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