Monday, December 19, 2011

Candy Cane Cupcakes

I signed up to bring cupcakes to Henry's class party last week...mostly because I wanted to try this fun Christmas twist on Rainbow Cupcakes, and I didn't really have any other reason to make cupcakes:) These cupcakes are SUPER easy to make, but can be a little bit tedious...though not as bad the Rainbow ones that have 6 different colors. Food coloring and a little bit of colored sugar sure do make for some cute cupcakes!
Start by mixing up a white cake mix according to the directions and then dividing it into two bowls. I used two boxes of cake mix because I needed a ton of cupcakes}
Use red and white {YES they make white food coloring! I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby for less than $2 a bottle, and the white really does work...though I did end up just pouring the whole bottle into mine!} food coloring to make your batter the color of candy canes:)
Start with white cupcake wrappers. Add just enough red colored batter to cover the bottom of the cupcake wrapper. 
Then add a layer of the white batter being sure to make the batter completely cover the color underneath.
Continue layering the batter as much as you can until the cupcake is about 2/3 full. I ended up with four layers {red,white,red,white}.
After the cupcakes cooled I iced them with white icing and coated them with red sugar sprinkles...you could also do red icing and even add some crushed candy canes to the top!
When you bite into them, this is what you get:
Not really striped like a candy cane, but still pretty and SUPER impressive to the kiddos:)
Do you make any candy cane themed treats for Christmas!
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14 comments:

Angie said...

I love them. What a wonderful idea Kelli. I bet the kiddos loved them! I know I would have!

Kelli said...

I love you and your cupcakes :) There is this cookie that I would like to try that has broken candy canes on top, but time is getting away from me. Merry Christmas Week!

Jocelyn said...

What a super fun holiday cupcake!!! Love the layers!!!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Those are so cute, Kelli! And they look yummy too. :) I'm all about Christmasy treats. Hoping to get baking and treat making done later this week!

Close to home said...

I have made a bundt cake that is similiar just when you slice you get the effect. sooo cute

shopannies said...

these are so super cute perfect for a holiday party come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

Foursons said...

Once upon a time I used to bake. And then my bank account decided to empty itself and I had to work. Curses to the bank account.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Fun!

Dee said...

Cute idea! I've done similar things-but never thought about candycane ones! :)

Julie @ Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life said...

Those are so cute!

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

I love them! What a cute idea!

Joanna said...

Love these! I'm pinning them for next year!!

Paula said...

So cute! These would be perfect for Valentine's Day, too.

staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

Adorable!!
I agree with Paula, perfect for Valentine's Day too!

I made brownies & topped with peppermint icing and crushed candy canes!! Delish!

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