Thursday, June 28, 2012

4th of July Cupcakes

by Cindy

Summer has come so quickly and I can't believe July the 4rth is almost here.  Since it's on a Wednesday this year, it certainly messes up having a long weekend, but I'm looking forward to seeing my family this weekend.
I made cupcakes for the occasion.  They are not fancy but they are festive, and festive is fun. lol  I just used a white cake mix and added food coloring to make the red, white, and blue cake mix.  As I say, it's all about the icing, and my kids love this icing.  They say that they could eat it with a spoon.  It's the icing that I use on all my birthday and shower cakes.  For those of you in Webster County who miss my cakes, here's your chance to make it yourself. 
God bless America!  Enjoy the 4rth and be safe.

1 pkg white cake mix
red and blue food coloring

White Icing
2 lb sack of powdered sugar
1 t clear vanilla extract
1/8 t butter flavor extract
1/2 t salt
1/2 c water
1 cup Crisco (do not substitute with a generic)

Make the white cake mix according to box instructions.  Put paper muffin cups into muffin pan. (Makes realisitically about 18 cupcakes).  Separate the cake batter into three bowls.  Add the food coloring until you get the darkness you want.  Using a small cookie scoop, add a layer blue cake batter to muffin cups first.  Then add a layer of white cake mix, following with the red cake batter.  Bake according to cake mix directions or until toothpick comes out clean. 

Put powdered sugar in mixing bowl.  Add vanilla extract, butter flavor extract, and salt.  With mixer running on low, add water.  If it is a little too thick, add water a teaspoon at a time until it is desired consistency.  With the mixer still running on low. add the Crisco. 
Put a line of blue food coloring down one side of a decorating bag, and put a line of red food coloring on the opposite side of the bag.  Add icing and pipe on the cupcakes. 

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