Head Start Reunion BBQ and Mountain Dew Cupcakes
Let me start by saying that making Mountain Dew cupcakes for a kid’s dinner BBQ may have been the worst idea in the history of all mankind. But they were cute and easy. And colorful and fun. And perfect for kids just before bedtime, right?
Kayla’s 7th birthday party is tomorrow so I have lots on the brain. And protecting little children from glucose-packed, caffeinated crumpets is clearly not one of them. Lots of mommies were swearing at me later, I’m sure.
The BBQ was fun. It was great to connect with Ashlyn’s former classmates and hear about their plans for the future. We were excited to learn that some will be moving up soon and joining Ashlyn with Teacher Jackie.
Here is Ashy with darling Teacher Angela. Her first love. She was shy.
And very caffeinated.
Sorry, again reunion mommies. Here’s the recipe so you can get me back next year. Change the icing color. I’ll never know.
Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix, 12 oz. Mountain Dew and an additional 1/4-1/2 cup Mountain Dew for brushing on tops.
For the frosting: 2 sticks butter (softened), 2/3 cup Mountain Dew, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp lemon extract and 7 cups powdered sugar
Preheat over to 350. Combine cake mix and Mountain Dew. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds, scrape sides of bowl and beat on medium for 2 minutes. Fill cups 2/3 full and bake about 15 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Remove pans from oven and poke holes in warm cupcakes with toothpicks. Brush tops lightly with Mountain Dew. Remove cupcakes from pan and allow to cool on rack.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine softened butter, Mountain Dew and extracts. Beat on medium speed until well blended. Add powdered sugar until frosting reaches desired consistency. Using gel food coloring, color half the frosting yellow and half green. Place in a piping bag side by side and pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
P.S. I don’t even know what a side by side piping bag is, never mind where to find one so my frosting was ghetto improv. Go here for the real deal.