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"Slime-Filled" Monster Cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 24

Cut out a piece of the cupcake top, pipe in some pudding and replace the cupcake piece for this interesting dessert or snack.

Ingredients

  1 pkg (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix

  1 pkg (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding

  1 cup cold milk

  4 - 6 drops green food coloring

  1 tub (10.6 oz.) COOL WHIP Vanilla Whipped Frosting,thawed

  24 JET-PUFFED Marshmallows, cut in half

  48 quart green candy-coated chocolate pieces (about 1/2 cup)

  24 blue candy-coated chocolate pieces (about 1/4 cup)

  24 minature taffy candies

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Directions

HEAT oven to 350°F.

PREPARE cake batter and bake as directed on package for 24 cupcakes. Cool in pans 10 min. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

BEAT pudding mix and milk with whisk 2 min. Stir in green food coloring; spoon into pastry bag fitted with round tip. Refrigerate until ready to assemble cupcakes. Cut cone-shape piece from top of each cupcake. Pipe 1 Tbsp. pudding into each cupcake; replace cupcake top.

STIR food coloring into frosting; spread onto cupcakes. Decorate with remaining ingredients as shown in photo.

Make Ahead: Cupcakes can be decorated ahead of time. Refrigerate up to 8 hours before serving.

If You Don't Have a Piping Bag: Fill a resealable plastic food storage bag with pudding mixture; seal bag. Cut one corner off bottom of bag, then use to squeeze pudding mixture from bag into cupcakes.