Angry Kid’s 5th birthday party was last Friday. We did a Star Wars theme, even though it was held at a bounce place. I’m pretty Type-A, and need to follow through with my themes. You are thinking, what does camouflage have to do with Star Wars? Well nothing really, but they are quite boyish, and I thought they looked pretty cool.
This recipe is just an adaptation of the Rainbow Cupcakes that I made for Easter. I just used different colors for the camouflage effect. For the colors in these cupcakes, I used the following Wilton Icing Colors: black, green, and brown.
I made my own frosting for the Rainbow Cupcakes, but I did not have time to do that this time. I had an extremely busy work week. I comprised with my OCD and bought frosting in a can. I made it look a little fancy, and piped it on with a 1m star tip though. I used a chocolate frosting, and a vanilla frosting. I used green icing coloring to make the vanilla frosting green.
With the right presentation, even I can look like I’m doing something right. I placed the cupcakes on two-tier buffet server from Crate and Barrel and stuck Star Wars toppers in the middle of the cupcakes. I had the help of Cindy from Skip to my Lou with the cupcake toppers. She designed them for me and gave me the step-by-step process on how to make them. I borrowed a circle punch from Kelly and printed them out on white card stock with a colored printer. I added a popsicle stick, and glued it all together. It was pretty simple once I got the hang of it, but I got frustrated in the middle of it all.
Here’s the recipe for those folks who want to stay on this post, and not go to my original rainbow cupcake post.
Perfect Cake-Mix Cupcakes from Hello Cupcake
Yield: 24 standard cupcakes
18.25-ounce box cake mix (French vanilla, devil’s food or yellow)
1 cup buttermilk, in place of the water called for on the box (the box will call for more water than the buttermilk you are using)
Vegetable oil (the amount on the box)
4 large eggs (in place of the number called for on the box)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
Using substitutions above, follow the box instructions to mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at low to medium speed until moistened, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to high and beat until thick, 2 minutes longer.
Spoon half of the batter into a zip-top bag. Snip a ¼-inch corner from the bag and fill the paper liners 2/3 full. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from baking pans, place on a wire rack . Cool completely.
After mixing the batter, I separated it into three different bowls. I used three bowls, because I was going to use three different colors for my “camouflage effect”.
I used Wilton’s Icing Colors to get the desired effect. The colors that I used were Green, Black, and Brown.
If you want detailed instructions, including the step-by-step pictures, go to my Rainbow Cupcake post.