Yesterday was Dominic’s birthday. He wanted to bring cupcakes to share with his pre-K class, and he wanted his favorite–Optimus Prime. I went to Jo-Ann, Michael’s, Target, Walmart, and Publix in search of Transformers cupcake cups, but I was unsuccessful. I finally decided that solid dark red or solid dark blue cupcake baking cups could work with either dark blue or red frosting topped with sprinkles. Again, no luck. I left the last store with a box of silver cupcake tins, thinking that these would look cool against dark blue or red icing. Dominic thought differently.
I went to William Sonoma last year after Thanksgiving and picked up a Marvel Spider-man cupcake kit, but I never got around to using it. The kit includes 24 cupcake cases, 24 assorted toppers, and a stand. The toppers include two poses of Spider-man in action and two of the evil Green Goblin. The pattern on the cupcake cases are clips from the Spider-man comics, Dominic’s other favorite character. Dominic asked all year for these cupcakes, so he finally got what he wanted. I got more room in my cabinet.
To make the cupcakes, I started with a dark chocolate cake mix, then I added 1 ounce of red food color (2 ounces will make a brighter red). When the cupcakes were cooled enough to frost, we colored vanilla frosting blue, dolloped one teaspoon on each cupcake, then added a few red, white, and blue sprinkles on each. I was willing to pick out the white sprinkles just to keep the red and blue theme, but Dom liked the white ones just as much.
To finish them off, we added a Spider-man or Green Goblin topper to each cupcake and then refrigerated them overnight. He was proud to share his cupcakes with his friends at school. Besides, we ordered a Transformers cake from Publix for his birthday party on Saturday.
- 1 dark chocolate cake mix 15.25 oz
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 ounce red food color
- 1 can vanilla frosting 16 oz
- 1/2 ounce blue food color
- red white, and blue sprinkles
- 1 Marvel Comics Spider-Man Cupcake Kit
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together cake mix, water, vegetable oil, eggs, and red food color.
Line cupcake pan with Spider-Man cupcake cases. Fill each about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan. Finish cooling on cake rack.
Mix blue food color with vanilla frosting. Dollop one teaspoon on top of each cupcake. Add a pinch of sprinkles over frosted cupcake, then finish by inserting one Spider-man or Green Goblin topper in the center.