Evening all !
I hope you’ve had an excellent week !
My first post (about food) will be Betty Crocker’s Spring Polka Dot Cupcakes (yay!)
Just looking at these cupcakes makes me feel happy, and making them is simple and fun, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂
I got the recipe from here, but below will be my ever so slightly tweaked recipe
You will need:
– For the cupcakes:
- 1 box Betty Crocker cake mix (I used white to make the colours look better, but feel free to use your favourite flavour :))
- Water, vegetable oil, and eggs needed to prepare cake mix
– For the bright buttercream:
- 4 cups powdered sugar (the recipe called for 3 cups, but mine was a bit runny, so I added about another cup or so, feel free to use your own judgement)
- 1/3 cup butter at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3-4 tbsp milk
- Food colouring (I used yellow, red, and blue, you can use whatever your favourite bright colours are)
- 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
The first thing you can do is line your muffin tins with white paper cups and preheat the oven to 375ºF.
Next, you prepare your cake batter as directed on the box, pour them evenly into the muffin pans, and let the cupcakes bake for 20-25 minutes, or until you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
Let them cool for about 10 minutes in the pan, then remove them from the pan and let them cool completely on a wire rack (approximately a half hour).
When the cupcakes are almost completely cooled, you can start to make the buttercream frosting. Start by beating the powdered sugar and butter on low in a bowl. I like to use an electric hand mixer, but you can use a stand mixer, or if you’re really ambitious/working on your upper arm strength, you can use a whisk or a spoon. Anyways, back to the recipe haha, so after you have beat the powdered sugar and butter, add in vanilla and 2 tbsp of the milk, after the vanilla and milk are combined, gradually add more of the milk to get a smooth and spreadable consistency to your frosting.
Next, divide your frosting evenly between four small bowls. If you’re using the same colours as I did, add about 6 drops of yellow food colouring to one bowl, about 4 drops of red to another bowl, about 7 drops of blue to another bowl, and 4 drops of yellow and two drops of red in the last bowl.
Frost your cupcakes with the coloured frosting, and then you can poke the white chocolate chips, flat side up, into the frosting to get “polka dots”. If white chocolate chips don’t really appeal to you, then you can just reserve a bit of white buttercream and pipe on white polka dots that way.
I hope you enjoy !