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Frog Cupcakes for Leap Day

When I think of Leap Day I usually don’t think of having an extra day to read or clean out my closet. I think of frogs. I like to think it’s a day that gives frogs a day to call their own and that makes me “hoppy.” So, instead of cleaning, I make my way to the kitchen and whip up these adorable Leap Day Frog Cupcakes for my kids. I can honestly say they love these special treats but are not fond of having to wait every four years. Hoppy Leap Day!
Course: Dessert
Keyword: cupcakes, fun, hiland dairy, leap day


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup Hiland Dairy butter room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tbsp Hiland Dairy Vitamin D Milk
  • green food coloring
  • rolled fruit-flavored snacks
  • candy eyes


  • Preheat oven according to the box directions.
  • Make and bake cupcakes according to the box directions. Let cool to room temperature.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, add the butter and vanilla and mix until completely combined.
  • Add the confectioner’s sugar a cup at a time and beat on low until each cup is incorporated.
  • Add the milk one tablespoon at a time and mix until frosting is the right spreading consistency.
  • Add several drops of green food coloring into the buttercream and mix until the frosting is completely green and no dark green streaks are visible.
  • Cut the fruit snack about 2-inches long and 1-millimeter wide. Roll up one side of the fruit strip to make a frog’s tongue.
  • Fill a piping bag with buttercream frosting and squeeze a large mound of frosting on the top of each cupcake.
  • Place the eyes on one side of the frosting mound and insert the fruit tongue below the eyes.