Cupcakes continue to be a big hit, with lots of new and unusual flavours being created. Adding the old-fashioned flavours of the 50s and 60s to cupcake frosting makes for a tasty stroll down memory lane.
Makes 24 cupcakes
1 pkg cake mix
Mix and bake cupcakes according to the instructions on the cake box.
125 mL (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
50 mL (1/4 cup) vegetable shortening
1 L (4 cups) confectioners’ sugar
50 mL (4 to 5 tbsp) milk or cream
Pink, orange, and brown edible food colouring paste
Cherry, root beer, and orange edible food flavouring
Cream butter and shortening; add in confectioners’ sugar and milk and beat until creamy. Divide the frosting into three bowls. Decorate the 24 cupcakes with the following frostings.
Root Beer Cupcakes
Using a toothpick, add a small amount of the brown food colouring paste to one of the bowls of frosting to get a brown tint. Then add the root beer food flavouring, a little at a time to get just the right taste. Frost cupcakes and decorate with root beer candies.
Make the cherry frosting using the same method as the root beer, adding small amounts of colouring and flavouring until the right tint and flavour is achieved. Frost cupcakes and decorate with maraschino cherries.
Divide the last bowl of white frosting into two portions. Keep one portion white, and add orange food colouring paste and orange food flavouring to the other portion. Add small amounts at a time until the right tint and flavour is achieved. Put both the white and the orange frosting side by side in a decorating pastry bag and pipe onto the cupcakes.