1 18.25 ounce box white cake mix
red food coloring
neon green food coloring
1 16 ounce can vanilla frosting
M & M’s
1 1/2 16 ounce cans vanilla frosting
2 cups chow mein noodles
orange food coloring
24 whole pretzel sticks
24 whole mini marshmallows
24 whole red hots or mini M & M’s
Preheat oven to 350. Make cake mix according to direction adding red food coloring (or whatever color you want to use).
For UFO: Grease and flour 1 1/2 quart glass mixing bowl. Pour half the batter into bowl and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Remove Cake form bowl and cool completely, top side down on wire rack.
Trim bottom of cake bowl to make one side flat. Color frosting neon green. Carefully frost the “UFO”. I stuck M & M’s and mini marshmallows on the side to make it look like lights.
For Aliens: Make 12 cupcakes with remaining batter. Cook and cool.
Spread the tops of the cupcakes with a small mound of vanilla frosting. Insert chow mein noodles into cupcakes to look like spikes. Place in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm up.
Spoon 3 tablespoons of the vanilla frosting into a small resealable bag and set aside.
Tint the remaining frosting bright orange with the food coloring and spoon into a glass microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the frosting, stirring frequently, until it is the texture of slightly whipped cream.
Holding the liner of the slightly frozen cupcake, dip the top of the cupcake up to the liner in the melted frosting to coat. Use a spoon to add more frosting if necessary. Allow the excess frosting to drip off. Invert and transfer to a cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.
Insert one end of a pretzel stick into the side of a mini marshmallow. Repeat with the remaining marshmallows and pretzel sticks. Snip a small corner from the bag with the vanilla frosting. Pipe a dot of frosting on one flat side of a marshmallow. Add a red hot or mini M & M’s as the pupil. Add a few chocolate jimmies on the top as eyelashes.
Insert two marshmallow eyes on top of a frosted cupcake about 1 in. apart. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.
*NOTES- The UFO was supposed to be a spider but upon removing it from the bowl, some of the cake stuck to the bottom. It would no longer work as a spider so I went with UFO!
The Alien cupcake recipe came from here.