Monday, October 29, 2007

Monster Cake

1 pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix

1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling

1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla

6 drops green food coloring

1 pkg. (16 oz.) powdered sugar, sifted (4 to 4-1/2 cups)

1 tube (0.75 oz.) black decorating gel

8 OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, finely crushed

3 JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows, cut in half

PREPARE cake batter as directed on package. Add dry pudding mix; mix well. Spoon evenly into 24 paper-lined medium muffin cups. Bake as directed on package for cupcakes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

BEAT cream cheese, butter, vanilla and food coloring in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gradually add sugar, beating well after each addition.

ARRANGE cupcakes on large serving platter or tray to resemble a monster's head as shown in diagram. Spread with frosting. Use decorating gel to outline the eyes, mouth, scars and hairline on the cupcakes. Fill in the hair with cookie crumbs. Place 2 of the marshmallow halves in centers of eyes; place remaining 4 marshmallow halves in the mouth for teeth. Store in refrigerator.
I haven't made this but I thought it might be something fun for Halloween if you were in the mood.