After a Fourth of July cookout with the traditional barbecue fare, what better way to cap off an eventful Independence Day weekend than with a sweet treat that everyone will be eager to get their hands on? Buzzfeed recently showcased a cupcake dessert from the Crazy for Crust food blog that can serve as a perfect patriotic homage to the land of the free and the home of the brave with Red, White and Blue Cupcake Tops.
What makes this cupcake recipe especially unique is that you aren't going to use a traditional cupcake pan. Instead, use a whoopie pie pan to get perfect, saucer-shaped cakes. These are great because the tops are everyone's favorite part of the cupcake, and the compact size means less calories in each treat. Also, you won't have to use those pesky cupcake liners that can be a pain to pour batter into without spilling.
Here are the ingredients you'll need:
- 1 box of cake mix
- 1 can of white frosting
- 1 blue food coloring
- 1 container of Cool Whip
- 1 package of fresh strawberries
- Muffin top or whoopie pie pan
1. Because the preparation process is so quick and simple, go ahead and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit right at the start so that you can get things baking immediately. In the meantime, simply follow the package directions listed on the box of cake mix for how to prepare the batter.
2. Once that's been put together, spray your pan with cooking spray before filling the cake tins about halfway with batter so that they don't rise too high when baking.
3. After each hole has been filled, stick the pan in the oven, allowing it to bake for between 10 and 15 minutes. Meanwhile, clean and cut your strawberries in half to prepare for decorating.
4. After 10 minutes, check to see if the tops have risen and that the batter has cooked all the way through. If a toothpick comes out clean when you stick it into one of the tops, it's ready. You may want to check more than one to ensure that they've all been baked evenly.
5. While allowing your tops to cool, mix your white frosting with blue food coloring, dropping in as much dye as you wish until the desired shade has been reached. Evenly spread the frosting on each top, followed by a dollop of defrosted Cool Whip. Finally, top them all off with a sliced strawberry.
Then again, maybe you just want to keep things nice and simple for your after-dinner Fourth of July dessert. You can keep things easy and tasty by scooping your favorite vanilla ice cream into some cones, sprinkling some red sprinkles along the ice cream's perimeter and then topping them off with some fresh blueberries.
Whichever one you choose, it should make for a delightful way to close out another festive Fourth of July holiday!
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