Place a mini donut atop a cupcake to transform it into a dome shape. With a decoration of orange-tinted frosting and gum drop stems you’ll have a bumper crop of mini pumpkins.
Prepare cake mix as directed on package, adding vanilla. Tint cake batter orange with 1/2 teaspoon yellow food color and 1/4 teaspoon red food color.
Bake as directed on package for cupcakes. Cool cupcakes on wire rack.
Tint frosting orange using 1/4 teaspoon yellow food color and 1/8 teaspoon red food color. Attach a mini donut to cupcake with some frosting. Frost entire donut and top of cupcake. Press ridges into the frosting with a small knife to resemble a pumpkin. Use a gum drop for the stem.
Easy Jack-O-Lantern Cupcakes: Omit mini donuts. Frost cupcakes with orange-tinted frosting. Use candy-coated pieces to decorate the face and green gum drops for the stems.
Test Kitchen Tip: For easier measurement, 1/4 tsp. Food Color = 20 to 25 drops