Today’s Cupcake Tuesday isn’t really a recipe, more of a sharing of a technique and a peek at our Cupcake Bar for Tyler’s Birthday! This year I decided I wouldn’t stress about making cupcakes, I figure at this age anyways kids would love to make their own cupcakes. Trust me the cupcake bar is the way to go if you are short on time for decorating, plus it’s pretty cheap! I went to ABC Cake store in Phoenix and got different toppers, everything related to being a boy. Darth Vader, Storm Troopers, Light Sabers, Race Cars etc. Then I set out to get different types of toppings for the cupcakes. I also bought 2 tubs of frosting.
For the cupcakes, I made Camouflage cupcakes.
I used my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe.
2 cups of flour (sifted)
1 cup of granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 individual unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp of salt
1.5 tsp of homemade Vanilla
I divided it into thirds. I mixed a few drops of green food coloring in one bowl, brown in another and in the last one I kept it plain. I then put the colored batters into ziploc bags, cutting a corner on each back. I layered the bottom of each cupcake liner with the original vanilla flavor. I then took one color and “piped” it to one side of inside the bottom layer. Then I took the second color and squirted it into the other side. I tried to get a camouflage look going but some of them ended up layering so I took a knife and did a little swirl in those.
The cupcake bar:
We had around 15 toppings and I assembled them on an upcycled Lazy Susan I found at the Goodwill Clearance center (see below). I used little plastic cups to hold the toppings and printed out labels with Lego Font. I found the Lego font here: http://www.urbanfonts.com/fonts/Legothick.htm
Upcycled Lazy Susan:
When I found this, it didn’t look like it stood a chance to be reused again. Luckily, I had something in mind for this! I took my lovely X-ACTO knife and a 12X12 piece of Camouflage paper. I placed the paper inside the top of the Lazy Susan and gently pressed it in making a circle pattern. I then cut the circle out on my self healing mat. Once it was cut, I Mod Podged it on the Lazy Susan, then covering it with Mod Podge. I let it dry a day or so before using.
Other desserts served:
Worms in dirt (chocolate pudding)
Chocolate mustache suckers