Groundhog Day cupcakes

Claire Gallam

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Have a little fun this Groundhog Day by whipping up these adorable cupcakes! Even though these cute little cupcakes look like groundhogs, you can't blame them if we get six more weeks of winter!

Groundhog cupcakes

Your kids will love helping you make these, so enlist their help in the kitchen. They may look complicated, but the cute little groundhogs are super easy to make. All you need are some decorative gels, chocolate chips, icing and Almond Joy candy bars! These fun desserts are perfect for school parties or after-school snacks.

Groundhog Day cupcakes

Recipe adapted from Spoonful

Yields 12 cupcakesGroundhog cupcakes accent


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (plus ingredients for the mix)
  • 1 can Pillsbury chocolate frosting
  • About 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 6 Almond Joy candy bars
  • Candy corn
  • White chocolate chips
  • Semisweet chocolate chips
  • Black icing gel
  • Toothpicks
  • Green food dye


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. Stir the cake mix with the ingredients you need until smooth (no lumps). Fill the cupcake liners about 3/4 of the way full with batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  3. Remove cupcakes from the pan and let cool completely. Once cooled, frost all of them with chocolate frosting. Cover half of them in shredded coconut.
  4. In a bowl, mix the rest of the coconut with the green food dye until you get a bright green color. Top the remaining cupcakes with green coconut, using a spoon so you don't dye your hands.
  5. To make the groundhogs, cut the tips off the white chocolate chips. Using the chocolate icing, glue the white chocolate chips (cut side down) onto the back of an Almond Joy piece (these will be the eyes). Using the black icing gel, make 2 dots in the center for the pupils. To make the cheeks, remove the tip from chocolate chips. Using the icing, glue the chips, cut side down, in the middle of the bar. Glue 2 right next to each other. Using the black icing gel, make a circle above the middle for the nose. To make the teeth, cut off the white part of the candy corn. Stick it underneath the nose. Glue 2 semisweet chocolate chips to the top of the candy bar for eyes.
  6. Stick a toothpick into the center of the groundhogs and then stick them into the cupcakes.

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.