Back by popular demand...Cupcake Couture Blog Party...part deux! We had so much fun participating in last month's Cupcake Couture Blog Party that we decided to do it again! The theme this time around was, "Sprinkles Will Fly!" All 24 participating bloggers were sent Bella Cupcake Couture wrappers that were either red, white, blue, had stars or stripes...essentially, Fourth of July-esque themed wrappers. We were again asked to develop a recipe that would match well with our wrappers so be sure to check out what my fellow bloggers came up with!
Bella Cupcake Couture
Chronicles of a Foodie
Cupcakes Take the Cake
Diary of a Mad Hausfrau
In Katrina's Kitchen
Inside BruCrew Life
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons
Love From the Oven
Make Bake Celebrate
Not Just a Mommy
Not Your Mommas Cookie
Pint Sized Baker
Sugar Swings! Serve Some
The Baking Cup
The Decorated Cookie
This time around we were sent this gorgeous Olivia Swirl Red and White wrapper! They were perfectly simple and I knew they would pair well with any cupcake I decided to make. For the display I recycled some folders in my office and hole punched them to make DIY confetti! The cupcake toppers were just a Fourth of July themed clip art that I printed out, glued to some cardstock, and cut up into nice little squares courtesy of a nifty paper cutter at work! I literally taped the square to a toothpick and voila! A homemade, DIY cupcake topper! It makes me wonder why people buy paper cupcake toppers from Etsy! Super easy to recreate at your own patriotic party!
Because I wanted a red, white and blue cupcake, I decided to make a Vanilla cake with Berry Blue Jello. Similar to my frosting for the last Cupcake Couture Blog Party, I used a canned frosting and repurposed it into Strawberry Frosting using powdered Freeze Dried Strawberries. I can't say enough how much I LOVE using freeze dried fruits. They are an actual piece of fruit just freeze dried, so you get that fresh fruit taste without worrying about their juices ruining the consistency of your frosting or cake batter. They're absolutely packed with flavor too!
Vanilla Berry Blue Jello Poke Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting
makes 24 cupcakes
Vanilla Berry Blue Cupcakes
1 box Vanilla Cake Mix
1 3oz. box Berry Blue Jello (or any blue jello)
1 cup boiling water
Follow the directions on the cake mix to make your cupcakes.
Once cupcakes are baked and cooled, take a dinner fork and poke holes in all the cupcakes.
Empty Jello mix into bowl and mix with boiling water until the mix is dissolved.
Spoon the Jello mixture over the top of all of your cupcakes. You don't need to use the whole bowl of Jello but you can if you want to.
Stick cupcakes in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes before frosting.
1 can Duncan Hines Flavor Creations Frosting Starter (or any Vanilla or Cream Cheese frosting)
1 cup freeze dried strawberries
Dump canned frosting into a stand mixer (or bowl if you're using a hand mixer).
Take your freeze fried strawberries and add them to a food processor. Pulse until fruits are powdered.
Add powder to frosting and beat on low for 1-2 minutes until everything is well blended. You may add more strawberries depending on how fruity you want your frosting.
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Congratulations to Becky Nelson from Hampton, VA!