Smiling Scarecrow Cupcakes
Scarecrow Cupcake Recipes

Smiling Scarecrow Cupcakes

These applesauce cupcakes are too cute to scare away any crows, but they are fun to decorate and delicious to eat.

The Story Behind the Recipe
18
cupcakes
1 hr 30 min
PREP TIME
02 hrs 20 min
TOTAL TIME

Ingredients

Cupcakes

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter softened

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1 1/2 cups applesauce

Frosting

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Half & Half

1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Decorations

Pretzel squares  

Cinnamon graham cracker sticks

Chow mein noodles or pretzel sticks

Mini candy-coated chocolate pieces, chocolate chips, decorator candies or decorator gels, as desired

Candy corn

Chocolate sprinkles or licorice candies

 

 *Substitute colored marshmallows such as toasted coconut, strawberry or chocolate. Cut off 1 end of marshmallow and press sticky end to graham cracker stick and onto frosting to adhere.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into 18 muffin pan cups; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine flour, baking soda and cinnamon in bowl; set aside.

  3. STEP 3

    Combine sugar and 1/2 cup butter in bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour mixture and applesauce; beat at low speed until well mixed.

  4. STEP 4

    Fill each muffin pan cup 2/3 full. Bake 18-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

  5. STEP 5

    Combine brown sugar, half & half and 1/4 cup butter in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat 5-6 minutes or until mixture comes to a full boil. Cool 20 minutes; add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Cool completely.

  6. STEP 6

    Create scarecrow faces by spreading 1 heaping tablespoon frosting over 1 cupcake; place pretzel square onto cupcake to make top of hat. Place small amount of frosting on back-side of graham cracker stick; place below pretzel to make hat band. Insert chow mein noodles into frosting around hat to resemble straw. Make face, using assorted candies, chips or decorator gels. Repeat with remaining cupcakes and decorations.

  7. STEP 7

    Store in loosely covered container.

Tip #1

- If frosting becomes too firm while decorating cupcakes, stir in additional half & half until desired consistency.

Nutrition

270Calories
9Fat (mg)
35Cholesterol (mg)
100Sodium (mg)
47Carbohydrates (g)
1Dietary Fiber
2Protein (g)

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  November 01, 2016

These cupcakes came out SO cute! The kids really enjoyed making them! A big hit - thank you for the idea!

— says Lisa
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  February 06, 2014

Great recipe!!

— says beth b.
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