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Flower Power Cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 3 hr 42 min
Makes: 24 servings, 1 cupcake each

1 pkg. (2-layer size) white or yellow cake mix
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Brand Gelatin, any flavor
1 cup boiling water
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
Few drops food coloring, any color
24 large JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
24 JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallow
1/4 cup colored sugar or colored sprinkles

PREPARE cake batter and bake as directed on package for cupcakes. Pierce cooled cupcakes with a wooden skewer or large fork at 1/4-inch intervals.

DISSOLVE dry gelatin in boiling water. Carefully spoon 2 tsp. of the gelatin over each cupcake. Refrigerate 3 hours.

TINT whipped topping with food coloring; spread about 2 Tbsp. of the whipped topping onto each cupcake.

CUT each large marshmallow crosswise into 5 pieces with clean kitchen scissors to resemble flower petals. Arrange petals in a flower shape on top of each cupcake; place a miniature marshmallow in center of petals. Sprinkle each with 1/2 tsp. colored sugar.

To make cake instead of cupcakes, prepare batter as directed on package; pour into 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake as directed. Cool cake in pan on wire rack 15 min. Poke holes into cake and continue as directed.

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