Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bears at the Beach (just for kids)

Our friends at the Kraft Kitchens have come up with this idea for a fun beach-themed party for children. Bears at the Beach are decorated cupcakes, but it's the clever finishing touches that make this a favorite of any aged child.

Bears at the Beach
Total time: 1 hr 20 min
  Prep: 30 min
  Servings: 24 servings



1 pkg. (2-layer size) white cake mix
2-1/4 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, divided
6 drops blue food coloring
1/2 cup HONEY MAID Graham Cracker Crumbs
48 TEDDY GRAHAMS Graham Snacks
24   JET-PUFFED FUNMALLOWS Miniature Marshmallows



PREPARE cake batter and bake as directed on package for 24 cupcakes. Cool in pans 15 min. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.

  1. REMOVE 1-1/4 cups COOL WHIP; set aside. 
  2. Tint remaining COOL WHIP with food coloring. 
  3. Spread top of each cupcake with some of each color COOL WHIP to resemble the ocean and its beach. 
  4. Sprinkle 1 tsp. graham crumbs over white COOL WHIP on each cupcake for sand.

INSERT 1 small cocktail umbrella into beach area on each cupcake for the beach umbrella, or use a small palm tree or other decoration. Decorate cupcakes with remaining ingredients as shown in photo. Keep refrigerated.

Kraft Kitchens’ Tips

SHORTCUT: Spoon each color of COOL WHIP into separate resealable plastic bag; cut small corner off bottom of each bag. Use to squeeze COOL WHIP from bag to frost cupcakes.
SPECIAL EXTRA: Flatten additional marshmallows with rolling pin to resemble beach towels. Or, cut wide, soft candy ribbon into pieces to resemble towels (Charleston Chews, Fruit Rollups or the equivalent work well for this).

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