FunFoodCraftsForKids Farm Friend Cupcakes

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Ingredients you'll need:  
1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
3 cans (16 ounces each) vanilla frosting
Pink and yellow paste food coloring
M&M's miniature baking bits
Assorted candies (Brach's white dessert mints, pink mint candy lozenges and Good & Plenty candies)
Directions to make: 
Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Fill 24 paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 21-26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.  

For pigs, tint 1 can of frosting pink; frost 12 cupcakes. Attach baking bits and dessert mints for eyes, pink candy lozenges for snouts, baking bits for nostrils and Good & Plenty candies for ears.  

For chicks, tint 2-1/2 cups frosting yellow; transfer to a pastry bag. Insert #17 star tip; pipe frosting onto 11 cupcakes. Pipe on feathers. Attach baking bits and dessert mints for eyes and candy corn for beaks. Yield: 2 dozen. 

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