Pinata Cupcakes

Total Time:
1 hr 20 min
30 min
30 min
20 min

24 cupcakes

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • Yellow, red and blue food coloring
  • 1/2 cup mini candy-coated chocolates, such as mini M and M's
  • 1/2 cup mixed small fruit-flavored candies, such as Nerds
  • 1/2 cup rainbow nonpareil sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup jumbo rainbow nonpareil sprinkles
  • 2 to 3 cups your favorite vanilla frosting or two 16-ounce containers store-bought vanilla frosting
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Special equipment: a 1/2-inch round cutter

  • Bake 24 cupcakes according to the box instructions. Let cool completely.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add 1 cup of the shredded coconut. Turn the mixer on low, add 8 drops of yellow food coloring and mix until the coconut is a uniform bright yellow. Transfer to a bowl. Add another cup of the coconut to the bowl and turn the mixer on low. Add 6 drops of yellow food coloring and 4 drops of red food coloring and mix until the coconut is a uniform reddish orange (add a few more drops of each if the color is not vibrate enough). Transfer the coconut to a separate bowl. Wash and dry out the standing mixer bowl and add the remaining 1 cup coconut. Turn the mixer on low and add 6 to 8 drops of blue food coloring. Mix until the coconut is a uniform bright blue. Transfer to a third bowl.

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the chocolate candies, fruit candies and nonpareils. Set aside.

  • Using a 1/2-inch round cutter, cut out a well in each cupcake (reserve the cut-out top pieces of each cupcake). Use a small spoon to scoop out the wells, being careful not to go all the way through the bottom of the cupcakes. Fill each cupcake well about two-thirds full with the mixed candy, about a heaping tablespoon. Cover the holes with the reserved cut-out tops.

  • Frost the cupcakes with the vanilla frosting. Press some of the blue coconut onto the outer third of the top of each cupcake to form a stripe, then press some of the yellow coconut in the center third and finally the orange coconut in the final third. You should have 3 equal stripes on the top of each cupcake.

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