Monday, February 2, 2015

Superbowl 2015 prank cupcakes

I'm not one for football, but I will watch the Superbowl every year. It's great hanging out with friends, eating greasy food, and yelling at the TV. And of course, it gives me an excuse to bake something Superbowl-themed!

This year, I decided to go with a more devious route for my cupcakes. I know a few diehard Seahawk fans, so I created a cupcake to prank them - Seahawk colors on the outside, but Patriot colors once you bite into it! I've been wanting to bake colors and shapes inside cupcakes for awhile, so this was a good recipe to test!

First, I baked one red and one blue cupcake. 

Then, I cut up the cupcakes into little wedges.

Place the color wedges on top of some cupcake batter. 

Cover the colored pieces with more cupcake batter. 

While the cupcakes are baking, paint the insides of the piping bag with lines of blue and green food gel coloring. Once you make the frosting and fill the bag, the frosting will come out tinted blue and green on the edges!

Everyone was good-natured and we all had a laugh over the cupcakes, even with the unfortunate loss of the Seahawks. I'll definitely have to try this technique with the colors in cupcakes on future designs!

Superbowl prank cupcakes (makes about 18 cupcakes)
Cupcake and frosting recipe adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction

  • 2⅓ cups (292g) flour
  • 2 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ stick (12 Tbsp) unsalted butter (softened at room temperature)
  • 1¾ cups (350g) white sugar
  • 2  eggs (at room temperature and separated into yolks and whites)
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Red and blue gel food coloring (regular coloring works fine too)

  • 3 ounces (85g) white chocolate
  • 1 sticks (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter (softened at room temperature)
  • 1 cups (120g) powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • Green and blue gel food coloring
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside. 
  3. Cream butter and sugar together in a stand mixer on medium speed until it is light and fluffy. 
  4. Add in the egg yolks and vanilla and continue mixing until smooth. 
  5. Slowly add a third of the dry mixture, then half the buttermilk, another third of the dry, the rest of the buttermilk, and then the rest of the dry mixture, mixing between additions. Mix until just combined, but do not overmix. 
  6. Beat the egg whites until white and foamy. Fold into the batter by hand until fully incorporated. 
  7. Separate some of the batter into 2 separate bowls (about 3 Tbsp each, which is one cupcake's worth of batter). Add blue food coloring to one and red to the other and mix each one well. 
  8. Fill two cupcake liners with the blue and red batters and bake for 18-20 minutes. 
  9. Once cooled, cut the cupcakes into little wedges. I first cut the cupcake horizontally to get three discs, and then cut each disc into four pieces to get the wedge shape. 
  10. Line about 18 cupcake liners in cupcake tins. Spoon a little batter at the bottom of each cupcake liner (about 1-2 tsp). Stack a red and blue wedge together and place in the cupcake liner. 
  11. Spoon batter over the wedges until they are mostly covered (about 2 more Tbsp of batter). 
  12. Bake for 18-20 minutes. The center pieces may rise towards the top during baking, but that's okay (frosting will cover it up). 
  13. Let cool completely. 
  14. Melt white chocolate in microwave at 30 second intervals until melted and smooth. Let cool. 
  15. Cream butter and powdered sugar together in a stand mixer on medium speed until it is creamy. 
  16. Mix in white chocolate, followed by heavy cream, vanilla, and salt. Continue mixing - the longer you mix it, the fluffier the frosting will be!
  17. Paint lines of gel food coloring inside your icing bag. Add frosting into bag and pipe onto cupcakes. You may need to re-add color in the bag because it will run out. 
  18. Offer cupcake to a Seahwaks fan and watch as they bite in...
  19. Enjoy!

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