Monster Cake

1 (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (3.4 oz.) pkg. vanilla flavor instant pudding
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. butter, softened
6 drops green food color
1 (16 oz.) pkg. powdered sugar, sifted (4-4 1/2 cups)
1 (.75 oz.) black decorating gel
8 Oreo cookies, finely crushed
3 miniature marshmallows, cut in half

Prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package for 24 cupcakes, blending dry pudding mix into batter before spooning into paper-lined cups. Cool completely. Beat cream cheese, butter, vanilla and food coloring in medium bowl with mixer until well blended. Gradually add sugar, beating well after each addition. Arrange cupcakes on platter or tray to resemble a monster’s head (from top, 3 across, then 4, 6, 5, 3 and 3). Spread with frosting. Use black decorating gel to outline eyes, mouth, a couple of scars, nose and hairline on cupcakes. Fill in hair with cookie crumbs. Place one marshmallow half in center of each eye; place remaining marshmallow halves in mouth for teeth. Keep refrigerated. (Note: Instead of a monster cake, shape the cupcakes into a ghost, jack-o-lantern or witch face, frost and decorate.)

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