I haven’t entered the Mystery Box Cupcake Challenge in a while, but this month is the final contest! I was actually going to make two cupcakes, but after baking the first kind, I ended up with 36(!) cupcakes and no room in my fridge. Oops. But I’ll most likely make the second kind anyway, just to see how it’ll turn out.
This month’s theme is FIZZY, which was certainly à propos since I got a case of Mexican Coca-Cola at Costco just days before it was announced. For those who don’t know: Coca-Cola imported from Mexico is made with real cane sugar, rather than the high fructose corn syrup in its American counterpart.
My result: the Cherry *POP* Cupcake. The idea was to make a Coca-Cola flavored cake base, with cherry frosting, and a “secret” ingredient: Pop Rocks candy sprinkled on top for that ultimate fizzy feeling.
The good news is that the Pop Rocks worked wonderfully; provided you ate the cupcake quickly enough that they didn’t have time to dissolve in the frosting. I also came across really cute Wilton “Sweet Dots” baking cups that fit the theme really well. The bad news is that the cupcake tasted nothing like Coca-Cola + cherry. :( I tried soaking the cake with Coke syrup (a bottle that’s just been boiled down), but it didn’t really work, though the syrup itself was deliiiiiiicious. >_> The frosting was half butter/half cream cheese, with a puree made from fresh cherries mixed in. However, I think I would have been better off using artificial flavoring; the cherries didn’t really add much to the frosting, besides color.
Oh well, the cupcake still tasted really good—it’s difficult to go wrong with cake and frosting! It just sadly wasn’t the way I wanted it to/thought it would taste.
The winner of June’s Mystery Box Cupcake Challenge will receive prizes from:
- Angela’s Images; a selection of handmade crafts
- Bake It Pretty; a $5 online gift card
- Beanilla; a $7 online gift card
- cupcakewrappers.com; 2 packs of cupcake wrappers
- Miss Kitty Creations; a handmade cupcake charm of your choice
- Simply Caked; 600 brown greaseproof cupcake liners
- Sweet Cuppin Cakes; a $5 online gift card
- Tundra Books; 3 children’s books
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