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Dr. Seuss Cupcakes – One Fish, Two Fish

  • Author: Ashley at Frugal Coupon Living
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 16 mins
  • Total Time: 31 minutes
  • Yield: 15 cupcakes 1x


  • 2 eggs, room temperature (for cupcake)
  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (for cupcake)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda (for cupcake)
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder (for cupcake)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder – we used Hershey’s (for cupcake)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (for cupcake)
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar (for cupcake)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (for cupcake)
  • 1 cup whole milk (for cupcake)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (for icing)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted (for icing)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (for icing)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract (for icing)
  • Yellow Gel Food Color (for icing)
  • 2 teaspoons cold milk (for icing)
  • Swedish fish of various colors (for garnish)


  1. Directions for Chocolate Cupcakes:
  2. Preheat oven to 350°.
  3. Grease cupcake pans or line with cupcake liners.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  6. Add the eggs to the butter, one at a time, beating well with each addition.
  7. Stir in the vanilla.
  8. Add half of the flour and half of the milk and beat well.
  9. Add the rest of the flour and milk and beat until well-incorporated.
  10. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.
  11. Bake 15-17 minutes at 350 degrees or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  12. Let cupcakes cool in pan for 5 minutes.
  13. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to finish the cooling process.
  14. Ice the cupcakes when completely cooled.
  15. Directions for Yellow Buttercream Icing:
  16. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter.
  17. Add half of the sugar and mix well on medium speed with a mixer.
  18. Add the rest of the sugar and mix on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  19. Add 2-3 drops of yellow food gel until you reach your desired color of bright yellow (matching the color of the Dr. Seuss book)
  20. If needed – to thin icing, add 1 tablespoon milk and to thicken icing, add 1 tablespoon powdered sugar.
  21. Using a decorating tip and disposable bag or Ziploc bag, pipe the frosting onto each cupcake.
  22. Garnish with Swedish fish.

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