I'm happy to report that my morning sickness is now gone and we are back to cake! Yay!! I'm easing in with a short and simple tutorial on Fourth of July Cupcakes, but I do have several more projects planned in the next couple of months, so stay tuned. Thanks for you patience when I was too sick to think about cake.
My husband wanted red white and blue Fourth of July cupcakes, so I made these. Normally I refuse to make blue cake. I think it's unnatural and unpalatable. Who wants to eat blue cake?? But in this case, since it wasn't all blue and since I do love him, I decided to compromise a bit and make these. They were very easy.
I started with white cake batter. I put about 1/2 cup batter in two bowels and dyed them red and blue. Then I filled the cupcake slots about 1/2 way full with white batter. Using a spoon, I added a spoonful of red, then blue batter to each cupcake and swirled them around. I tried not to mix the red and blue because I didn't want purple.
Then I baked the cupcakes.
The swirly frosting didn't work as well as I'd hoped. I put dye directly in the piping bag (blue on one side, then red on the other) and added white frosting to that. The first few cupcakes had bright colors but the dye ran out fast. In the future I think it would work better to actually dye some frosting in each color and add gobs of frosting instead of just the dye. I piped the frosting on using a large star tip.
Nevertheless, here is the end result. They were fun and the kids loved them.