MISSION, KS--(Marketwired - May 16, 2013) - (Family Features) Who doesn't love celebrating their special day with a bold, festive birthday party? Creating a memorable celebration can be as easy as gathering together family and friends, hanging a few simple decorations and lighting the candles on a show-stopping birthday cake.

From delicious single layer cakes to trendy cake pops to colorful cupcakes, cake is the one dessert that just says "birthday." After all, the most anticipated moment of every birthday celebration is the cake being brought to the table and making that special wish.

Make your family's next birthday moment truly photo worthy and memorable with a festive baking mix and Pillsbury® Funfetti® frosting which comes in new bold colors. These fun and simple-to-prepare baking mixes and frostings come with colorful candy bits to incorporate into the cake and sprinkle on top. The birthday boy or girl and party guests will love the vibrant cakes they create, and parents will appreciate how simple it is to celebrate more.

For more birthday cake ideas and recipes, visit www.PillsburyBaking.com.

Pillsbury Celebration Cupcakes 
Prep time: 90 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yield: 24 cupcakes
1 package Pillsbury® Funfetti® Premium Cake Mix
1 cup water
1/3 cup Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil
3 large eggs
5 drops neon pink food color*
5 drops neon purple food color
10 drops blue food color
10 drops green food color
2 containers Pillsbury Funfetti Hot Pink Vanilla Flavored Frosting, or any color Pillsbury Funfetti Happy Birthday frosting

Heat oven to 350°F. Line 24 muffin cups with paper baking cups. Prepare cake mix according to package directions using water, oil and eggs.

Place 3/4 cup of cake batter into 4 small bowls. Tint first bowl with 5 drops pink food color, second bowl with 5 drops purple food color, third bowl with 10 drops blue food color and fourth bowl with 10 drops green food color. Do not tint remaining plain cake batter.

Spoon 1 teaspoon green batter and 1 teaspoon pink batter into each baking cup. Top with 2 teaspoons plain batter, 1 teaspoon blue batter and 1 teaspoon purple batter. Swirl batters using a toothpick.

Bake 19 to 23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Place frosting in decorator bag fitted with a star decorating tip (1M). Starting at outside edge of cupcakes, pipe frosting in a circular pattern, moving toward the center to create a swirl effect on top of each cupcake. Top with colored candy bits from frosting.

Color variation: For 1 color, place 1-1/2 cups batter into small bowl. Tint batter with desired food color by doubling the amount of food color listed above. Divide remaining plain cake batter evenly into prepared baking cups. Top plain batter with 2 teaspoons of colored batter and swirl using a toothpick.

For 2 or 3 colors, place 3/4 cup batter into 2 or 3 small bowls. Tint each batter with desired food color as directed. Divide remaining plain cake batter evenly into prepared baking cups. Top plain batter with 1 teaspoon of each colored batter and swirl using a toothpick.

*Neon food color can be found in the baking aisle at your local grocery store.

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