Heat oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup
in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for cupcakes, using water, oil
and eggs. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Decorate cupcakes to make 6 lions, 6 tigers, 6 monkeys and 6 zebras.
Lions and Tigers:
In small bowl
, mix 1/2 cup
chocolate frosting with black food
color to make black frosting. Place in resealable food-storage plastic freezer bag; cut small tip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Will use black frosting to decorate lions, tigers, monkeys and zebras.
In medium bowl, mix 1 cup vanilla frosting with enough yellow and red food colors to make orange. In small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon orange frosting with 3 tablespoons white vanilla frosting to make lighter orange for muzzles. Frost 12 cupcakes with darker orange frosting. For muzzle, spread or pipe small circle of lighter orange frosting on each cupcake.
For lions, place caramel corn around edges of cupcakes for mane. For eyes, add brown baking bits. For whiskers, break about 1/2-inch pieces off each end of pretzel sticks and insert in cupcakes. For ears, add cereal pieces. Using black frosting, pipe on mouth and nose.
For tigers, use black frosting to pipe on stripes, nose and mouth. For eyes, add brown baking bits. For ears, add gumdrop halves.
Frost 6 cupcakes with chocolate frosting. In small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon chocolate frosting and 2 tablespoons vanilla frosting to make light brown. For muzzle, spread or pipe circle of light brown on each cupcake that starts in middle and extends to edge; pipe small tuft of hair on opposite edge. For each eye, attach brown baking bit to marshmallow half with frosting; place on cupcakes. With black frosting, pipe on nose and mouth. For ears, add mints.
Cut small horizontal slit in top of 6 cupcakes near edge of paper cup. Insert edge of vanilla wafer cookie into each slit to create elongated face, adding small amount of vanilla frosting to cookie before inserting to help stick. Frost cupcakes with vanilla frosting. For muzzles, frost cookies with black frosting. With black frosting, pipe on stripes and mane. Add brown baking bits for nostrils and eyes. For ears, add black gumdrop halves, cut sides down.
cal. (kcal) 270,
Fat, total (g) 10,
chol. (mg) 25,
sat. fat (g) 3,
carb. (g) 44,
Trans fatty acid (g) 3,
sugar (g) 32,
pro. (g) 1,
sodium (mg) 240,
calcium (mg) 40,
iron (mg) 1,
Starch () 1,
Other Carb () 3,
Fat () 2,
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet