March 7, 2011

{Sweet Treats} Mardi Gras Cupcakes and Free Cupcake Topper Printable

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, and since we couldn't return to New Orleans (wish I could make another trip as my last trip there was full of good food and even better memories), I decided to make some festive cupcakes.

These colorful Mardi Gras cupcakes are so simple to make - and look great "naked" without frosting.  (After this "photo shoot", I did ice these cupcakes with chocolate frosting).  I got the idea from my friend Conor who created an amazing rainbow princess cake.  To get the rainbow effect, she simply layered different colored cake batter. No need to create multiple cakes - the layering effect works as long as the cake batter is thick enough. 

 
For the cake, you can use most recipes of regular vanilla buttercake. Conor used this easy vanilla butter cake recipe from Taste.au for her princess cake (which makes a lot of batter!). In a pinch, you can also use a boxed cake mix - I would recommend substituting the milk for either a soy milk or buttermilk to make the batter thicker. 

For the Mardi Gras cupcakes, divide the cake batter into 3 bowls and add green, purple, and yellow food coloring gel to them.
Now for the fun part - intermix the cake batter into your lined cupcake tray.  I tried different methods: layering colors on top of each other, pouring each color beside each other, and creating abstract works of art (by alternating spoonfuls of cake batter).
The end result were boldly colored cupcakes. I think the abstract-designed ones came out the best.

To top off the cupcakes, I made some cupcake toppers.  So if you're having a Mardi Gras party, or just wanted to decorate a few cupcakes, print out our free printables (and remember to send us pictures!)   Happy Mardi Gras!

13 comments:

  1. Those look great. I love cupcake toppers, they are so fun and creative!

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  2. Thanks so much! I hope you get to use them on one of your homemade cupcakes. Happy Monday!

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  3. ChocolateandcroissantsMarch 7, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    These are cute and I am sure taste good but kinda of scary-sorry the only green/purple I eat are veggies and fruit.

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  4. haha - don't apologize! It's a good thing you'd rather go for fruits and veggies!

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  5. Brilliant, Andrea! It's such a fun baking trick :D

    Purple and green are my favourite colours so I really couldn't approve more. The mathematician in me (it's a small part of me that the rest of me dislikes) is particularly taken by the 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 one :)

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  6. I made these Mardi Gras cupcakes and they came out well. I liked the more abstract instead of 3 distinct colors too. I used a straw to swirl it a bit. I also used boxed cake mix, just put in 1/3 cup less water. I iced them with vanilla frosting with the violet coloring gel, and a swirl of green on top, covered in gold sugar flakes. Couldn't print the toppers, my printer's on its last legs.

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  7. christinefreshlocalandbestMarch 7, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    These look so zany and fun! I love the idea of adding the cupcake topper!

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  8. Thanks again Conor for the inspiration!

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  9. Thanks so much for emailing me the photo of your cupcakes! They look so pretty - and with the gold sugar flakes, they're all dressed up for Mardi Gras!

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  10. Cupcake toppers are so great for people like me who love to decorate desserts but don't always have the steadiest hands!

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  11. I'm a bit late, but I want you to know that my southern roots are squealing with joy! I absolutely adore your Mardi Gras creation! =)

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  12. can you email me the picture too please? sounds really crafty. mssandoval2004@yahoo.com
    thanks

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  13. Hi Myra, I uploaded GenieFitz's cupcake pic on our Facebook fan page. Here's the link to the photo: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=350614&id=105140802876460

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