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Easy Peasy Half and Half Cupcakes
So the motivation for half and half cupcakes was actually the Superbowl. lol
I was asked to bring cupcakes for the party, along with several other items, and I wanted to do something special. Just bringing my Easy Peasy Amazing Vanilla Cupcakes wasn't going to be enough.
My husband told me that most of the people at the party were going to be Bronco fans, and so I wanted to spice things up a bit and "support" the other team (the Seahawks this year) with my cupcakes.
I thought that if I could make half and half cupcakes (vertical rather than horizontal) in blue and white, I would give all of those people a slight jab and start a fun conversation at the very least.
I knew that making vertical half and half cupcakes were going to be a little bit harder than simply pouring in one color and then pouring in the next one, which is why I loved this idea.
Had I known that the Seahawks were also neon green, I could have made green and blue cupcakes, since the Broncos were most definitely blue and orange. lol
Everywhere I looked online, recipes featured handy dandy gadgets that I could buy, for a great deal of moola, to make these. I knew I didn't need to spend any money to do this, which is how I figured out my trick for making these easily.
But you'll have to read the recipe for the secret! Let's get started. First you'll need my recipe for Easy Peasy Amazing Vanilla Cupcakes.
- 1 Easy Peasy Amazing Vanilla Cupcake recipe
- 2 mixing bowls
- 2 large cupcake pans
- at least 30 cupcake liners
- Food coloring of your choice
- 2 large spoons
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and fill 2 large cupcake pans with cupcake liners.
- Use my Easy Peasy Amazing Vanilla Cupcake recipe to make your cupcake batter.
- Separate your batter evenly between two different bowls.
- Choose the color, or colors, that you would like to choose for your cupcakes.
- I simply chose one color, blue, because I wanted to leave the other side white. Feel free to color both sides if you'd like.
- Start by adding only a few drops of color at first. Mix in and then decide if you'd like to add more.
- If you add three or more drops to either batter more than twice, you will also want to add in another 1/2 cup of flour.
- The food coloring tends to thin out and change the consistency of your cupcake batter. If you do not compensate for the food coloring, that side of your cupcake will fall during or after baking. Just saying.
- When finished mixing in your food coloring(s), set out your work space with one color on each side of your cupcake pans.
- You will be spooning out two colors at the same time. This is just a convenient way to do this without a huge mess.
- Okay, here's the fun part. You may have to go ahead and try one or two cupcakes first to determine how much batter you'll need on each spoon to correctly fill each liner appropriately 1/2 to 3/4 full of batter.
- I started by scooping both at the same time and trying to shake the batter off of both spoons at the same time. I was just making a big mess.
- The trick I figured out for doing this a little easier was to fill one spoon first and set it down in the cupcake liner against the side, and then scoop the other color shaking the batter down into the other side of the cupcake liner.
- At this time, I could then focus on pulling out the first spoon and shaking the batter off at the same time, leaving one color of batter on each side of the sup.
- By putting the spoon in first, not only was I able to focus on one color at a time, but with the first spoon, I was able to essentially reserve the spot for the first batter with the spoon. It worked!!
- Fill each and every cupcake liner the same way. When finished filling both large cupcake pans, pop your cupcakes in the oven.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Allow them to cool completely before dumping them out on a towel.
- Keep them in the refrigerator until you are ready to ice them.
- Yummy! Yummy!
|Serving size: 1 cupcake|
|Calories from Fat||108|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 12 g||18%|
|Carbohydrates 24 g||8%|
|Fiber 0 g|
|Protein 3 g||6%|
|Cholesterol 80 mg||27%|
|Sodium 289 mg||12%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
By the way, these were a huge hit at the party. There ended up being a very passionate joke going around that if you ate the cupcakes, you were switching sides. lol
And, as the Broncos were conveniently losing the entire game (I'm really not a fan of either side), slowly but surely the cupcakes were devoured by the end of the game, letting everyone be a winner.
They had exactly the effect on the party that I wanted, and I got tons of compliments of the deliciousness of the cupcakes and icing that I made for them! I'll make sure to post the icing recipe as well.
Feel free to be creative with this! Half and half cupcakes would be great for a birthday party or any other occasion where colored cupcakes would be a fun addition, like a Superbowl party!!
Just know ahead of time that food coloring changes the consistency of the batter. If you are adding a great deal of food coloring to make your cupcakes a darker shade of your chosen color, consider also adding another 1/2 cup of flour or so to compensate.
Good luck! Have fun!
What is your favorite cupcake flavor?
© 2014 Victoria Van Ness