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Star-Studded Celebration Cupcakes

Happy Healthy Holidays!

Make chocolate cut out cookies (recipe included) in shapes of your choosing to use atop these tender chocolate Star-Studded Celebration Cupcakes as decorations on the frosting.

Star-Studded Celebration Cupcakes

Recipe Ingredients

Chocolate Cutouts, if desired (below)
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup water
1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled
1 tub sour cream white or sour cream chocolate ready-to-spread frosting

Recipe Directions

Make Chocolate Cutouts.

Heat oven to 350-degrees. Line 36 regular-size muffin cups with paper baking cups.

Beat remaining ingredients except frosting in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high-speed three minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter into muffin cups, filling each 1/2 full.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Spread with frosting. Garnish with Chocolate Cutouts.

Chocolate Cutouts

1 bar (4 ounces) sweet baking chocolate or 4 ounces semisweet baking chocolate

Melt chocolate over low heat, stirring frequently. Place waxed paper on cookie sheet. Spread melted chocolate in 8-inch square on waxed paper. Refrigerate until firm, about one hour. Before cutting, remove chocolate from refrigerator and let stand until room temperature. Cut with cookie cutters of desired shapes and sizes. Refrigerate until ready to place on cupcakes. Carefully peel cutouts off waxed paper, handling as little as possible. If desired, dip half of each cutout into melted white baking chocolate and refrigerate until set.

Chocolate Lover's Shortcut: Simplify this recipe by substituting devil's food or chocolate fudge cake mix for the cake. Just follow the package directions for mixing and baking cupcakes.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes 36 servings
Serving size: 1 cupcake
Calories: 165; Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 15mg; Sodium: 120mg; Carbohydrates: 27g; Fiber: 1g; Protein: 2g

Diet Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1 Fruit, 1 Fat

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