Back on April 8th, we excitedly announced that CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER had started production! With a release date of April 4, 2014, we are super excited. In honor of the event, I was going to host a Captain America movie viewing complete with fun Captain themed foods (Yay! Captain America Cupcakes!). My friends and I had planned to get together the evening of April 15th.
Sadly in the middle of the day, the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon occurred. With family in Boston, I quickly cancelled and glued myself to the television. If you followed the news, you understood that the days to follow were emotional ones, ending with a standoff in Watertown. Both my brother and sister, while each on different sides of the city (my brother lives near Watertown), experienced the lockdown, and witnessed the city completely shut down. If it weren’t for the attentive residents and Boston’s Finest First Responders, who knows how this could have played out.
So I might have cancelled my get-together, but it doesn’t mean I could bake a batch of Captain America themed cupcakes in honor of Boston’s… or should I say America’s Finest!
Okay, now I admit, my cupcakes aren’t as fancy as many of the ones I’ve seen on Pinterest. At this point, I admit, I don’t have faith in my fondant and cake sculpture skills. So let’s just say, these cupcakes are so easy, that even those who are culinary challenge can bake them!
White Cake Mix
1 1/4 cup of water
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
Red food coloring
Blue food coloring
White writing gel/frosting
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the eggs, water, and oil with the cake mix. Now the box on your cake mix may call for a different oven temperature and variety of ingredients. Feel free to use those instead!
Add in the red food coloring to your desired hue of red. If you want to skip these steps, you should probably just buy Red Velvet Cake mix!! I usually go the food coloring route just because it gives the cake a little more of a brighter than deep red appearance. Remember, the color of the cake will darken when you bake. For the icing, you can either buy blue icing, or I prefer to purchase Whipped White Frosting and add in food coloring. This way you make create a dark and bolder blue to use.
Pour the cupcake batter into individual paper cups in a cupcake tin. Depending on your oven, usually check on the cakes at some point between 15 to 18 minutes. Simply poke a fork or tooth pick into the cake. If it comes out clean, they are done. If it comes out with some cake, bake a little longer. Once finished let cool for a few minutes.
Frost the cupcakes and then let them sit in the fridge for a few minutes. This helps to harden the frosting to create a star on top. Use the writing gel or frosting to draw a star on top of each cupcake, and there you go!
Don’t think you think it kind of looks like Captain America’s shield? Okay, so they might be not as refined as other cupcakes out there. Though like I said, they are super easy and super fun to create! I just love the red, white and blue colors! Do I really have to wait a whole year for this movie to come out????
Bake a batch of these to deliver to your local first responders unit or use it as a teaching tool to your children to respect and honor America’s heroes. Either way, what better way to get in the spirit to honor heroes than with one of America’s favorite heroes!