I have been so excited to make these! I have been imagining what I would make for a Hunger Games themed dessert for a few weeks now, and on Saturday I figured out what I was going to do. I made these cupcake toppers on Saturday night which were pretty easy.
My sister had a great idea to make chocolate cupcakes to look like coal and fill them with a raspberry filling to mimic nightlock. I didn’t have raspberries on hand, but I will get them sometime soon. A recipe for those will also be coming soon. . But first, here are the cupcakes I made tonight:
I made a chocolate cupcake recipe and filled gold cupcake liners with the batter.
I used my own recipe here-I kind of just went by tasting after adding ingredients.
2 1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons milk
In a small bowl, combined half of the powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon of butter until crumbly. Add the vanilla and 1 teaspoon of milk. Stir until smooth and watery. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and stir to combine until thick. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and the 1/2 teaspoon of milk. Once smooth, add more milk or powdered sugar until desired consistency is made.
To make the frosting look like fire, I grabbed a tall glass cup and a frosting bag. I put the frosting bag inside of the cup and folded the edges around the cup so that it would be easier to add food coloring and frosting. I painted some red, yellow, and a combination of both in three sections on the inside of the frosting bag. Then, I scooped in my frosting.
After my cupcakes were completely cool, I took the frosting bag out of the cup, secured the top, and cut a small tip off of the frosting bag tip. I started with a circle lining the top of the cupcake and then swirled up. I did this a second time after sticking the topper in so that the frosting would reach the top.
I already made these ahead of time. You can see instructions and the final product here.