Fruit Cockatiel Cupcakes

Plain cupcakes are for the birds: Dress yours up like an adorable parrot with just a few slices of fruit.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes
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Ingredients

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1 stick unsalted butter, cubed, at room temperature

2/3 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of kosher salt

3 drops green food coloring

24 cupcakes in brightly colored liners

1 mango, peeled, cut into 72 small slices (1 1/2 inches tall and 1/3 inch wide)

48 small blueberries

3 bananas, cut into 48 (1/4-inch-thick) rounds

24 red seedless grapes, split lengthwise

Directions

  1. Put the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy and smooth. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar, vanilla, salt and food coloring.
  2. Spread 1 tablespoon of the frosting on each cupcake. Fan 3 mango slices along the top edge for the crest. Use a dab of frosting to secure a blueberry to each banana slice; place two on each cupcake for the eyes. Add 2 grape slices for the beak. 
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