Paw Print Cupcake Cake Recipe

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Charlene Modified: July 1, 2021
Paw Print Cupcake Cake Recipe

How To Make Paw Print Cupcake Cake

Take the safari to your own home with this cupcake cake recipe. Yellow cake mix is used to make cupcakes that are then shaped into a cute paw print.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes
Total: 1 hour



  • 15ozyellow cake mix,prepared according to package instructions
  • 6unsalted butter sticks,softened
  • 2tbspmilk
  • 2tspvanilla extract
  • ½tspkosher salt
  • 2lbpowdered sugar,sifted
  • ¼tspgolden yellow food coloring
  • 1cupsemisweet chocolate chip,melted and slightly cooled
  • ¾cupdark cocoa powder,sifted


  1. Line 2 12-cup cupcake tins with brown cupcake liners. Divide the cupcake batter between the cups and bake according to the package instructions. Let cool completely.

  2. In a large bowl, use an electric hand mixer on medium speed to cream the butter until smooth, but not fluffy. Add the milk, vanilla, and salt and beat to incorporate.

  3. Sift in the powdered sugar. Beat until incorporated and smooth. Do not overmix, to avoid air pockets in the frosting.

  4. Divide the frosting evenly between 2 medium bowls.

  5. To one bowl, add the golden yellow food coloring and stir to combine. To the other bowl, add the cooled melted chocolate and cocoa powder. Stir to combine.

  6. On a large tray, arrange the cupcakes in the shape of a lion’s paw: From the bottom, make a small arc with 4 cupcakes.

  7. Place 1 cupcake on the top center of the arc. Add 5 more cupcakes in a small arc over the bottom cupcakes.

  8. Next, make an arc of 6 cupcakes, and finally arrange the remaining 8 cupcakes in a larger arc over all of the cupcakes.

  9. Dollop the yellow frosting onto each cupcake. Carefully spread the frosting, filling in the spaces between the cupcakes. Try to push the frosting out from the center to make crisp lines on the outer edges. Smooth the top.

  10. Fit a piping bag fitted with a medium star piping tip, then fill with the chocolate frosting. With an up and down motion, pipe the outline of a paw onto the cupcakes, starting with the bottom pad of the paw, then continuing with 4 smaller pads. Fill in each outline.

  11. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 458.36kcal
  • Fat: 26.11g
  • Saturated Fat: 16.32g
  • Trans Fat: 0.97g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 6.91g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.98g
  • Carbohydrates: 58.51g
  • Fiber: 1.63g
  • Sugar: 48.74g
  • Protein: 1.76g
  • Cholesterol: 60.86mg
  • Sodium: 173.98mg
  • Calcium: 51.77mg
  • Potassium: 85.31mg
  • Iron: 1.00mg
  • Vitamin A: 193.81µg
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