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This unique cupcake recipe is courtesy of Karen Tack and can be found in her cookbook, "Hello, Cupcake!" To make the drumstick cupcakes, first download and print the bone template.

  • Yield: Makes 6 cupcakes

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, April Spring 2008


For the Drumsticks

For the Mashed Potatoes

  • 1 yellow fruit chew, such as Laffy Taffys or Starbursts, cut into a 1-inch square
  • 3 tablespoons Vanilla Frosting for Cupcakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon store-bought caramel sauce, heated

For the Peas and Carrots

  • 3 orange fruit chews, such as Tootsie Fruit Rolls or Starbursts, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons Vanilla Frosting for Cupcakes
  • Green gel food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons hard green candies, such as Runts

For the Chocolate Pudding


  1. To make the drumsticks: Place the bone template on a baking sheet. Cover with parchment paper; set aside. Place melted chocolate into a resealable plastic bag and snip a 1/8-inch corner from the bag. Following the bone template, pipe an outline onto the parchment paper. Fill the bone in with chocolate and lightly tap pan to smooth top of chocolate. Repeat process 3 times. Refrigerate until firm, about 5 minutes.

  2. Spread vanilla frosting on top of 3 cupcakes, mounding it slightly. Place 1 doughnut hole on top of each cupcake. Spread frosting over the doughnut hole until it is smooth and covered.

  3. Place cornflake crumbs in a medium bowl. Gently press frosted cupcakes in crumbs to cover completely. Place cupcakes in a 6-cup disposable aluminum cupcake baking tray.

  4. Using a sharp knife, make a small slit in the top of each crumbed doughnut hole. Carefully peel 1 chocolate bone from the parchment paper and insert the pointed end into one of the slits. Repeat with remaining 2 bones and cupcakes.

  5. To make the mashed potatoes: Spread vanilla frosting on 1 cupcake, mounding it slightly. Use a small spoon to create a well in the center of the frosting. Place cupcake in aluminum baking tray. Place yellow fruit chew in the well at an angle. Drizzle caramel sauce on top of cupcake so that it fills the well and spills over like gravy.

  6. To make the peas and carrots: Color vanilla frosting with green food coloring and spread on top of 1 cupcake. Arrange orange fruit chews and green candies on top of cupcake, pressing them into the frosting. Place cupcake in aluminum baking tray.

  7. To make the chocolate pudding: Place chocolate frosting in a resealable plastic bag; press out all the excess air and seal to enclose. Snip a 1/4-inch corner from the bag. Pipe chocolate frosting into a spiral swirl onto the remaining cupcake. Top with sprinkles and place in aluminum baking tray. Serve.

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  • MS12456366
    2 FEB, 2009
    if i were you, babymomABM, i'd try separating out the green skittles from a bag of regular skittles. or you could use plain M
  • babymomABM
    25 NOV, 2008
    I have wanted to make these for 6 months now and have even bought the Hello Cupcake book (which I LOVE) but I can't find the runt candies or anything green to substitute for them either. Any ideas?!?
  • zbelly_32
    14 APR, 2008
    must we always have to sit through the commercial!!!?? I hate that. Seriously, I need Tivo online too!
  • ElComer
    11 APR, 2008
    I guess I need to mention I'm dialup and can't view the video. LOL
  • ElComer
    11 APR, 2008
    LOL, You can't seriously leave the pictures off this one. Please!