Sunflower Cupcakes

Total Time: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
Servings: 24 cupcakes

Bring a ray of sunshine to the table with these beautiful sunny cupcakes that are sure to brighten up anyone’s day.

All You Need Is ...

  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1 box Betty Crocker™ Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • Small check mark in a circle icon Vegetable oil, water and eggs called for on the cake mix box
For the decoration
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 2 tubs Betty Crocker™ Velvety Vanilla Icing
  • Small check mark in a circle icon Yellow food colouring paste or gel
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 100 g dark chocolate chips

Betty's Easy Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C for fan assisted ovens)/Gas Mark 4. Line 2 x 12-hole muffin trays with paper cupcake cases.
  2. Make, bake and cool the cake mix as directed on the box for cupcakes using the oil, water and eggs.
  3. To decorate, put the icing in a large mixing bowl and beat in enough of the yellow food colouring paste or gel to give a striking sunflower yellow colour (see Tips). Spread a thin layer of the icing over the cupcakes. Spoon half of the remaining icing into a piping bag fitted with a small star nozzle. Pipe 6 lines from the centre of each cupcake, out to the edge, making an evenly spaced, ‘spoke-like’ pattern on each. To create the petals, start in the centre and pipe a loop by going down 1 side of each spoke, turning at the edge of the cupcake and following the next spoke back into the centre. Repeat to create 6 loops, filling the piping bag with the remaining icing, as required.
  4. Fill the centre of each cupcake with chocolate chips, pointed-side down. Serve immediately and store any leftover cupcakes in an airtight container in a cool place for 2-3 days.

Betty's Tips

  • Some food colouring gels do not give as intense a colour as pastes – you may find you need to add 2-3 teaspoons to get a good strong colour, but add gradually.
  • Dark chocolate chips are the most effective for the centre of the sunflower but you can use milk chocolate if preferred.
  • For an alternative centre to the cupcakes, try decorating with a halved blackberry, cut-side down.