The end of June and beginning of July has been a very busy time with parties to celebrate various milestones within our family and with friends. I’ve already told you about my granddaughter’s graduation party and what I baked for that. Today’s blog is about cupcakes that I made for a friend’s 20th anniversary in professional practice; and since it is right around the Fourth of July, I went with the Patriotic theme.
I have been reading recently in some of the blogs I follow about a quick way to make a cake or cupcakes using nothing more than a boxed cake mix and a can of soda. Really? That’s what I said! So I tried it and found out they come out really moist and kind of chewy; The texture is not as fine as a cake’s, but for a cupcake I really liked that. The cake and soda combo I used was Red Velvet Cake Mix and Cherry Coke. I think it will be fun to try some other flavor combinations such as lemon cake with Sierra Mist or lemon and lime soda. So many possibilities. If you haven’t heard about this until now, try it. It’s a novel idea whose time has come.
For the frosting on my cupcakes, I wanted white, so I made a simple cream cheese and butter cream frosting, piped on with a large star decorating tip. Then I sprinkled them with a “stars and stripes” sprinkle mix and topped each one with a tiny flag. So Cute!
This is all you need: a boxed cake mix and an 8 oz can of room temperature soda. I poured that amount from a full-size bottle, because I couldn’t find the cans.
4 ounces cream cheese
6 tablespoons butter
2 cup confectioners’ sugar
To make the frosting, put the cream cheese and butter in small bowl of mixer and blend together to cream. Sift in the sugar and continue beating until smooth and creamy. If you plan to pipe it on with a decorating tip, it needs to be quite stiff. I refrigerated my frosting a bit after mixing just to get it stiff enough to decorate with. Unless you are serving the cupcakes right away, it is wise to refrigerate them to prevent frosting melt in this warm weather.
SOURCE: Thanks to Cookiesandcups.com
Have a happy and safe Fourth of July, everyone.