TV Dinner Cupcakes

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Servings: 18 cupcakes
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Difficulty: Moderate

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1 Recipe Basic Vanilla Cupcakes, recipe follows
Drumsticks, recipe follows
Mashed Potatoes, recipe follows
Peas and Carrots, recipe follows
Disposable aluminum cupcake baking tray (available at grocery stores)
Basic Vanilla Cupcakes:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs


Bone template
1/2 cup white chocolate melting wafers
2 cups vanilla frosting
6 plain doughnut holes
1 cup cereal crumbs (recommended: Cornflakes)

Mashed Potatoes:

3 yellow fruit chews (recommended: Laffy Taffy’s, Starbursts)
1/2 cup vanilla frosting
1/4 cup caramel sauce

Peas and Carrots:

9 orange fruit chews (recommended: Tootsie Fruit Rolls, Starbursts)
6 tablespoons vanilla frosting
Green food coloring
2 tablespoons hard green candies (recommended: M and M’s, Runts)





Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

In another bowl, whisk together the vanilla extract, milk and vegetable oil.

Cream together the butter and sugar with a hand-held mixer in a large bowl. Add the eggs 1 at a time and mix to combine. Alternate the dry and wet ingredients to the egg mixture, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.

Pour the batter 2/3 full into the cupcake tins and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before frosting.

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Put a bone template on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet.

Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. When melted, pour the chocolate into a resealable bag. Press out the excess air and seal the bag. Snip a 1/8-inch corner from the bag and, following the bone template, pipe an outline onto the waxed paper. Fill in the bone with chocolate. Tap the cookie sheet lightly to smooth the top of the chocolate. Repeat with the remaining chocolate to make 6 bones.

Refrigerate until firm, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Spread the vanilla frosting on top of 6 cupcakes, mounding it slightly. Using a sharp knife, make a small slit in the top of each doughnut hole. Carefully peel 1 chocolate bone from the waxed paper and insert the pointed end into the slit. Repeat with the remaining bones and doughnut holes. Place 1 doughnut hole on top of each cupcake. Put in the freezer for 15 minutes. Spread the frosting over the doughnut hole until it is smooth and covered. Add the cornflake crumbs to a medium bowl and gently press the frosted cupcakes into the crumbs to cover completely. Transfer the cupcakes to the aluminum tray.

Yield: 6 cupcakes

Mashed Potatoes:

Cut the yellow fruit chews into 1-inch squares. Spread the vanilla frosting on 1 cupcake, mounding it slightly. Use a small spoon to create a well in the center of the frosting. Put the cupcake in the baking tray and arrange the fruit chew in the well at an angle. Heat the caramel sauce for 2 to 4 seconds in the microwave and drizzle it on top of the cupcake so that it fills the well and spills over like gravy. Repeat with remaining 5 cupcakes.

Yield: 6 cupcakes

Peas and Carrots:

Cut the fruit chews into 1/4-inch cubes. Add the vanilla frosting to a small bowl and add enough green food coloring until it becomes bright green color. Spread on top of the cupcakes. Arrange the green candies and orange chews on top, pressing them into the frosting. Transfer the cupcakes to the aluminum tray.

Yield: 6 cupcakes

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Planning 2 do corn on the cob and peas and carrots for my country baby shower smile

By Anonymous on April 01, 2013


I have been trying to find the recipe for Sugar Cupcakes,i had the recipe in was in a magazine for Easter.I lost it and have no luck finding it.

By Anonymous on January 02, 2013


i love the show about cupcakes the one where the guy brought the dogs and you cupcakes we're cute.

By melissa on October 11, 2012


Wish there was a picture .. to get a general idea of how to assemble! Thanks!

By Lisa Betsinger on November 18, 2011


hi paula, just love all your sweet treats, can't wait to try them. i am glad you write down all the names of the candy you use, so i can buy the right ones. thank you for your wonderful shows. keep them coming. barb.

By barb. on July 16, 2011


Hi Carol, The names of the guests were Alan Richardson and Karen Tack.

By Jonathan Able on March 31, 2011


Hi Paula, I tried the TV Dinner Cupcakes but I changed the cake mix to a boxed Carrot cake added nuts and changed the frosting to a Cream Cheese (can) frosting. I took them to work for my friend who is retiring April 1 and "she loves chicken". I surprised her big time. She looked and said "Oh my Lord chicken and veggies, you did this for me?" I told her I saw it on your show and I had to make them for her and our co-workers. Well, they were a big hit. Thank you, Donna Jedrey

By Donna Jedrey on March 24, 2011


I would I like to try the TV dinner cupcakes soon

By Ashley on March 19, 2011


Hi Paula, I love to cook and bake but I always find myself either adding or taking out ingrediets to fit my taste in alot of recipes. I can't even look at a recipe without changing it. I've had good luck at doing this and my friends and family usually are the judges when I do these changes. You know, even boxed mixes(eg. cake mixes)I add other things to them. I've got a couple of stories I could tell you about. One is about the strawberry whip cream cake and the other is about my trifles I've made in the past. Sorry, this is sooo long but I don't have any one to talk recipes with and I don't use my email alot. I use the land line phone more but if you email me back I'll try to reply. I'm not a computer geek neither but like I said I'll try to reply. Thank you, Donna J.

By Donna Jedrey on March 18, 2011


What was the name of Paula's guest on Ssturday, March 12, 2011? They baked the cupcakes on the recipes above. Thank you. I look forward to meeting Paula Deen when she returns to Houston in September. I have tickets...YEA!

By Carol Murrary on March 14, 2011


can someone put a picture up?

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By Anonymous on August 13, 2010


I used this recipe for a cake recipe it was the best cake I had ever tasted. The batter was so so good. I will use this recipe for all my cakes. I used fresh blueberries I had picked the same day it was great. Thank you Machelle

By Anonymous on June 23, 2010


this is the best cupcake recipe in the whole entire world. its like a real tv dinner it came out looking like a super real dinner. i would deffinately mention this to a friend

By Anonymous on December 05, 2009

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