Makes 24 cupcakes


1 package (18-1/4 ounces) chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare mix
1 container (16 ounces) chocolate frosting
1 package (5 ounces) chocolate nonpareil candies
72 red cinnamon candies
Chocolate sprinkles
Black decorating gel


  1. Line 24 standard (2-1/2-inch) muffin pan cups with paper liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Prepare cake mix and bake in prepared pans according to package directions. Cool cupcakes in pans on wire racks 15 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.
  3. Frost cooled cupcakes with chocolate frosting. Use nonpareils to create ears and muzzle. Add cinnamon candies for eyes and noses. Decorate with chocolate sprinkles for fur. Use decorating gel to place dots on eyes and create mouth.

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