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Cupcake Sheep

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Cupcakes from yellow cake mix topped with frosting to look like sheep

  • Hands-On Time:1 Hour
  • Total Time: 2 Hours
  • Servings: 24-36
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  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • Substitute 1 1/3 cups orange juice for the 1 1/3 cups of water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon orange rind
  • Dash of Grand Marnier
  • Frosting:
  • Two 8oz packages cream cheese
  • One 4 oz stick of butter (I use Plugra)
  • 1 box powdered sugar
  • 1 Tsp of Grand Marnier (or vanilla extract)
  • Maple covered Amish "Goodies" candy (can use chocolate covered brazil nut)
  • Turkish Apricots, cut w/scissors into bits to look like ears
  • 1 Tablespoon dark chocolate powder dissolved in 1 tsp. hot water to form paste
  • 1 extra cup of powdered sugar in reserve, to compensate for extra moisture of the chocolate paste

Baking Instructions

  1. Preheat to 350.
  2. Make cupcakes according to box instructions but substitute the orange juice for the water.
  3. Add the marmalade and orange rind and Grand Marnier.
  4. Process until batter is completely mixed, on high in a Kitchen Aid or until thoroughly incorporated by food processor or hand mixer.
  5. Line cupcake tins with paper liners and spray with nonstick spray.
  6. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted somes out cleanly.
  7. For the frosting:
  8. Put cream cheese and butter on the counter for about 20 minutes until softened.
  9. Process in mixer until smooth, wiping sides of bowl with a spatula once or twice.
  10. Add the dash of Grand Marnier and the box of powdered sugar gradually and mix at high speed.
  11. Reserve 1/4 of the frosting for the black sheep.
  12. Pipe the "white sheep" frosting on each cupcake with a star tip making swirls to resemble a sheeps coat. Pipe a tail at the rear.Put an Amish Maple Goodie at the front to form a head. Attach two bits of Turkish Apricots for ears.
  13. Go back to the mixer with the 1/4 of the reserved frosting and add the chocolate paste.
  14. Fill the pastry bag with the chocolate mixture and pipe black sheep bodies and decorate with the Amish Goodies for the sheep's head and Turkish Apricot ears as above.
  15. Change to a writing tip and pipe two dots on each maple candy for the eyes.

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