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DIY Code-a-pillar™ Cupcakes

If your kids love Code-a-pillar, treat them to this tasty edible version!


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For a birthday treat or everyday fun, try these fun Code-a-pillar cupcakes.


12 pre-baked cupcakes in colored liners (3 blue, 3 orange, 2 purple, 2 green, and 2 yellow)

White frosting

Food coloring

Jumbo marshmallows

Confectioners sugar

1 pretzel stick

2 blue sour candy straws

2 black gumdrops


1. Divide the white frosting into 5 bowls, and tint each one a different color: blue, orange, purple, green, and yellow. Tint a small amount of frosting black for piping the smile, and set aside for later.

2. Spread frosting on each cupcake, matching the frosting color to the cupcake liner color. You want to end up with 3 blue, 3 orange, 2 purple, 2 green, and 2 yellow cupcakes.

3. Use kitchen scissors to snip 1/4 inch from each end of a jumbo marshmallow. Dust the surface of these ¼-inch-thick slices with confectioners sugar, and roll out marshmallow slices to about 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Repeat until you have enough circles to cover every cupcake.

4. Drape a marshmallow oval over the top of each cupcake, then pipe dashes and arrows on top of the cupcakes to match the Code-a-pillar codes. Do this for every cupcake except one of the blue ones.

5. It’s time to assemble the head! Cut a thin slice from the flat end of each black gumdrop. Take another marshmallow, put a little bit of frosting on each end as glue, and press the gumdrop slices, sticky side down, onto the marshmallow head for the eyes. Using scissors, cut small slivers of marshmallow, and add those to the eyes for the reflections. Use a toothpick to poke 2 small holes in the long side of the marshmallow and insert the blue sour straws to form the antennae. Pipe a black frosting smile on the front. Use a pretzel stick to connect the head to the piping-free blue cupcake.

6. Arrange the Code-a-pillar on a serving platter. Start with the head, and follow with another blue cupcake. Then, add the remaining colors of cupcakes to the chain, in any order, behind the blue ones.

7. Enjoy!

Alan Richardson and Karen Tack are the bakers and best-selling authors behind Hello, Cupcake!, What's New, Cupcake?, and Cupcakes, Cookies & Pie, Oh, My!