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Maple Pear Spice Cakes

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This flavorful cake is perfect to make during the cold winter months.

  • Hands-On Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 Hour
  • Servings: 12 Mini Spice Cakes
  • Difficulty: Super Simple
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  • 1 package Duncan Hines® Signature Spice Cake Mix
  • water, oil and eggs called for on cake mix package
  • 1 can (15 oz.) sliced pears in light syrup, drained and diced
  • 1 container Duncan Hines® Creamy Maple Spice Frosting
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans or walnuts
  • ground cinnamon, for dusting

Baking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Grease and flour 12-cup muffin pan. Do not use liners.
  2. Combine cake mix, water, oil and eggs in large bowl with wooden spoon until blended. Set aside 12 pieces of diced pear for garnish. Stir remaining pears into batter. Pour into prepared pan. (Cups will be full)
  3. Bake 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
  5. Spread frosting around outside bottom third of cupcakes. Roll frosting in chopped pecans.
  6. Pipe Maple Spice Frosting onto cupcakes and garnish with diced pear and dust with cinnamon.

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Red Velvet Heart Cakes

Red Velvet Heart Cakes

Using one packet of Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake mix, spread evenly in two slice tins and bake.When cooled, turn out and using a heart shaped cookie cutter cut shapes. Spread strawberry jam over half the hearts and top with piped pink tops on, add a little swirl of piped pink cream and dust with icing sugar. Place little candy hearts in cream and there you have it, perfect gifts for valentines or just as a thank you :-)

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