There’s no trickery in these orange cupcake pumpkins and jack-o’-lanterns from Sandra Lee. They are the perfect Halloween treat to serve at an Orange and Black Bash!

Evite Orange Cupcake Pumpkins and Jack-o'-Lanterns

Makes 12 servings



  • 1 box (16.5 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1⁄3 cup vegetable oil
  • Orange food coloring
  • 1 container (16 ounces) vanilla cream frosting


  • 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 cups of a standard muffin tin with paper liners.

  • 2

    In a large bowl, with an electric mixer at low speed, beat cake mix, eggs, orange juice, and oil until moistened. Beat on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Stir in food coloring to desired shade and mix until fully blended, about 1 minute.

  • 3

    Fill muffin cups two-thirds full of batter and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool to touch, then unmold onto wire racks to cool completely.

  • 4

    Tint frosting with food coloring.

  • 5

    Halve cupcakes horizontally. For pumpkins, spread a thick layer of frosting on cut sides of half the tops and sandwich with the other half; for jack-o’-lanterns, repeat procedure, but using cupcake bottoms. Adhere candy (licorice twists, gumdrops, candy eyeballs, and Tic Tacs) with frosting for faces, stems, and leaves.

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