Looking for something different to serve this week-end for Memorial Day?  These Taste of Home cupcakes are fun to make and eat (so get the kids involved) and if you buy blue sprinkles, they cover the red, white and blue aspect of the holiday.  ENJOY!


•1/2 cup shortening

•1-1/2 cups sugar

•2 eggs

•1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring

•3 teaspoons white vinegar

•1 teaspoon butter flavoring

•1 teaspoon vanilla extract

•2-1/2 cups cake flour

•1/4 cup baking cocoa

•1 teaspoon baking soda

•1 teaspoon salt

•1 cup buttermilk

•24 ice cream cake cones (about 3 inches tall)


•1-1/2 cups shortening

•1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

•6 cups confectioners' sugar

•4 to 5 tablespoons milk

•Blue sprinkles


•In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the food coloring, vinegar, butter flavoring and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Pour batter into each cake cone to within 3/4 in. of the top. Place in ungreased muffin cups.

• Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.

• In a large bowl, beat shortening and vanilla until fluffy; gradually add confectioners' sugar and beat until smooth. Add enough milk to achieve spreading consistency.

• Cut a small hole in the corner of plastic bag; insert a large star tip. Fill the bag with frosting. Pipe onto cupcakes. Sprinkle with jimmies. Yield: 2 dozen.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!