Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Summer Activities: A Lakeside Coolor of Dr. Pepper Cupcakes

This week at Hoosier Homemade Summer Cupcake Challenge (week 2 of 4)-the theme is summer activities.  My summer has been spent at the lake, at the lake, and I've gone to the lake a few times.  No particular lake....every lake from East Texas to Michigan, and back again.  I blogged all about it in June, I was too busy floating at the lake to continue ALL the lake adventures on the blog in July.   No matter what other assortment of things I bring with me to the lake....I always have two things:  a camera, and a cooler of soda.  Always.  There is always Dr. Pepper in the cooler, with a large side of Diet Coke.  I'm certain Dr Pepper runs through my blood....it's been pumped through my blood stream since pre-birth.  My Mom....and the family she springs from are addicted to the 'stuff.'  It's Texas.  It's family.  It's sweet goodness.  I used to drink it until I went on a diet....when I was about 11....and 20 years later I'm mainly drinking Diet Coke.  Maybe I'll drink Dr Pepper again if I ever get off this diet.  As long as there are cupcakes in my life, this probably won't be happening anytime soon.  So, I'll sneak it in via Dr Pepper Cupcakes.  I'm almost positive cupcakes are healthier than a canned Dr Pepper....I mean, cupcakes have parts of the food group in it, right...with eggs, oil, flour, and a product of the cocoa bean, I've almost got all the colors covered, right?   As for the recipe idea, I've seen Root Beer Float cupcakes in all shapes and sizes all over the net, and they made me curious, but then I saw this recipe for a Dr. Pepper Cake at SheWearsManyHats....and thought....is there any reason this can't be a cupcake?  I used the cake recipe she gives, but tried out one of my favorite chocolate icings (from a cake baker I know) b/c the one she listed seems like a 'flatter' icing, and I need a little 'poof.'  I'll list the recipes at the end of this post, with some things I learned.  But first....some of the other stuff:  I also decided to make my own cupcake holders.  I'm going to pretend I'm clever, please don't tell me if you've ever seen anyone do this before b/c then I won't feel clever anymore.  I spend most of my days with 12-year-olds....they constantly remind me I'm not clever.  The internet is my escape! 
This is my cupcake holder process. 
Drink Dr Peppers, wash, and save the cans...it's for a good cause. 
Squish in the middle.  Squish-one of my favorite words. 
Cut with scissors...maybe not the same ones you use to cut fabric....

Reshape can....it's the perfect size to drop your cupcakes in when they are baked. 
One thing to mention about the batter, it's really airy when baked....maybe it's the bubbles from the caffeine?  I'm not sure of the scientific process that takes place in the baking process. Expect mini-craters, and don't let them disturb you, it'll be OK. 
These are the supplies I used for decorating so it would be 'bubblie' and caffeinated-looking-ish. 
I cut some straws in half, made some chocolate buttercream icing (recipe below) and bought two sizes of whoppers (bubbles).  I found these mini whoppers at CVS...they were almost the same size as the 'regular whopper.'  I also planned to use brown Sixlets, but then I realized I'd need to eat all the other colors in the package that weren't brown (it's in the fine print on the back of the package, trust me), and I decided this was not a good idea. 
A few of the cupcakes I completely covered with Whoppers (as seen in the first pic), but then I got A)Lazy B) Smart enough to realize there weren't enough to cover 24 like this,  C)  Bored, or D) Lazy and I did this with the rest of them. 

I also did this with a few of them, using a Cola Shaped Gummy I bought at the store. 

I'm pretty sure that just changed someone's life....or not.  I just wanted to assure you....I'm not a one trick pony.  Gummy tricks, I'm the life of most parties with this sort of arsenal.   And now....the recipe:
Dr Pepper Cupcakes
Ingredients:  1 1/2 c. Dr Pepper Soda (one can), 1/2 c. vegetable oil, 1 stick of salted butter, 4 T cocoa powder (she suggest dark cocoa), 2 c. sugar, 2 c. flour, 1 t. baking soda, 2 eggs, 1/2 c. buttermilk
1.  In a pan, combine Dr Pepper, oil, butter, cocoa.  Stir over medium heat.  When it starts to simmer, turn off the stove.  Make sure it is well mixed. 
2.  Add all the dry ingredients, but don't over mix (I took this a LITTLE too seriously and had a few flour flakes left, so....find a middle ground). 
3.  In a separate bowl, beat the buttermilk and eggs, and then add it to the rest of the mix, and blend together. 
4.  Place these in cupcake liners.  *You need to fill the liners almost completely full b/c this does not rise very much!!  I only left about 1/3-1/4 inch of the liner left.  I think chocolate cake is one of the most temperamental, and it doesn't love to rise much, and will happily fall if there is too much noise, or you look at it funny.  It did rise some, but not an excessive amount...so....fill 'em up. 
5.  Bake at 350 for 13-16 minutes.  Start checking at 13, you don't want to overcook them.  (Add about five minutes if you are making a cake). 
Buttercream Icing Recipe
Ingredients:  1 lb powdered sugar, 1 1/2 T milk, 1/2 T water, 1 1/2 t vanilla, 1 c. chocolate chips, 1/4 c. cocoa powder, 1/2 stick butter
1.  Combine sugar, milk, water, and vanilla. 
2.  In a pan, melt and stir together the chocolate, cocoa, and butter. 
3.  Add melted chocolate mix to the sugar mix.  Beat together until smooth and fluffy.  You may need to add more butter, or milk if your mix looks too crumbly. 
Ice....and enjoy....or send them as far away from your house as possible before you enjoy too many.  It's up to you. 
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Jocelyn said...

too funny...i too made dr. pepper flavored cupcakes for week 2. but mine aren't drink shaped:-) very cute!!!

HoosierHomemade said...

These are just darling! And baking them in the can...genious I tell you!
We love the lake too, wish we had more time to go though.
Thanks so much for joining us on Cupcake Tuesday and for the Challenge!

Sourkraut said...

Good luck with that diet! I like the way you think, though, that cupcakes are healthier than soda straight up. That's kind of my rationale for eating so many cupcakes too. These look delicious and really fun! The gummy soda bottles are a nice touch.

Lisa@Blessedwithgrace said...

Those Dr. Pepper cupcakes are adorable! Great job. I found you from Liz's link up today.

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

Were they delicious? They sure look it! I can't wait to make these!

Erin said...

These cupcakes are so flippin' adorable!!!!!! My son just saw them and shouted loudly "we have to make those Mom!"

Love the gummy addition! =o)


Kansas Amy said...

I can not wait to make these... I guess I better get busy drinking some Dr. Pepper?!? :)

Katy said...

Those are the CUTEST things I have "eva seen"!!! I'm not a "baker" but I just might have to try these out..maybe the CUTENESS will outweigh any mistakes I make..lol TFS!!!

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

Those are just adorable! Baking them in the cans are really cool!

Stephanie said...

I love the idea of baking them in cans! And you can drink Diet Dr. Pepper and still get that wonder DP test without feeling bad about the calories. That is what I do!

Brian and Ella said...

i'm in love.

Denise Marie said...

the coolest thing about it is that DrPepper fans are such die-hards about it...really cute.

hrm0004 said...

How sharp were the cans? We are thinking about doing something like this for our wedding... I would hate for the guests to cut themselves! Lol

Christy said...

The cans are thin enough metal that you could fold them down. You could also use the box and cut out a cupcake liner, almost like a coffee sleeve. There are lots of free printable patterns for these (look like a half arch. Let me know if you have any trouble finding the patterns. Then you would haven't worry about anyone getting cut, and you'd still have the authentic logo!