4th of July Berry Cupcakes
My first attempt at decorative cupcake making was not an easy feat. My friend and I were so excited to try this recipe on Oprah’s website but ended up accidentally making our own version instead. Had we been able to locate a considerable amount of reasonably priced red and blue M&M’s and perhaps had a little more patience, we could have achieved similar results as shown on Oprah’s site. However, we all know that baking doesn’t always work out how we want it to and sometimes our end result may come out as quite an interesting surprise.
- 24 vanilla cupcakes , baked in silver foil liners
- 2 cans (16 ounces each) vanilla frosting
- Yellow food coloring
- 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup each red and blue candy (M&M’s, Jelly Belly)
Tint the vanilla frosting with 3 or 4 drops of the yellow food coloring and the cocoa powder to make a light brown for the piecrust. Spread some of the frosting on top of a cupcake, leaving 1/4 inch of the cupcake edge exposed. For the filling, arrange about 25 like-colored candies close together on top of the cupcake. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes and like-colored candies. (Yes, stick with candy on this one. We made little balls of fondant but realized that 20 or so mini balls of fondant stacked on top of a cupcake is not very appetizing…cinnamon redhots are a good substitute for red M&M’s if you want to save some money and time)
Spoon the remaining light brown frosting into a ziplock bag, press out the excess air and seal. Snip a small (1/8-inch) corner from the bag. For the lattice crust, pipe 4 or 5 lines across the top of a cupcake, about 1/2 inch apart. Pipe 4 or 5 more lines, on the diagonal. Pipe a beaded edge around the top of the cupcake. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes and frosting.
Want to make your own frosting? Try our recipe.
Vanilla Cocoa Frosting:
1/3 c. soft butter
3 c. confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
4-5 tbsp. milk*
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
Blend butter and sugar. Stir in vanilla and milk. Beat until frosting is smooth and of spreading consistency. Add cocoa powder.
*More milk may be necessary if consistency is not as desired.