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Feeding the kids: St. Patrick's day cupcakes

The clover cupcake recipe can be found on

The clover cupcake recipe can be found on Disney's Spoonful.com. Credit: Spoonful.com

In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a festive St. Patrick's Day treat. I found the recipe on Spoonful.com, a website that's filled with thousands of crafts, games and recipes for children and families.

Clover Cupcakes

Ingredients
- Cupcake batter (your choice)
- Cupcake tins and liners
- Aluminum foil
- White frosting
- Green food coloring
- Toothpick
- Green licorice (for example, Twizzlers Rainbow Twists sold in a pack with other colors)

Directions

1. Place paper liners in 32 standard muffin cups, then fill each halfway with the batter.

2. For each cupcake, roll three balls of foil (2/3 inch in diameter) and insert them evenly around the perimeter between the liner and the tin.

3. Bake the cupcakes for a few minutes less than the package suggests (because there's less batter per cup than usual), or until a toothpick comes out clean.

4. Allow the cupcakes to cool, then remove them from the tin.

5. Cover each with green frosting (a ratio of 1 teaspoon of green food coloring to one 16-ounce can of white frosting).

6. Use a toothpick to draw leaf veins, and insert a 2-inch-long piece of green licorice for a stem.

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