Fat Tuesday is the one glorious day of the year when you can let it all hang out — it's not just expected, it's required to let your freak flag fly. And one of the best ways to get freaky on this fine holiday is by jazzing up your favorite foods, starting with these fun and funky tie-dyed cupcakes.
These gorgeous cupcakes are almost as much fun to make as they are to eat. I mean, what's not fun about coloring your food when you're over the age of 8? These stunning cupcakes are the best treat for your Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday celebration. Because, well, sprinkles, buttercream and cake. What's not to love?
This is pretty basic, but you know the drill. You need to mix all the cake ingredients in a bowl and whisk it up. For added Mardi Gras sparkle, use Funfetti white cake batter.
And now the fun part! Haven't you always wanted to play with your food as an adult? Well, now you can. You want three separate colors, so be sure to fill three bowls with white cake mix before you color it. Otherwise you're going to have a pretty messy and ugly cupcake on your hands.
The coolest part about these cupcakes is how they look when they are baked. To get all three of the colors to stand out, it's best if you stack the colors while the batter is wet.
I started with purple on the bottom, then topped it with green and then finished with yellow. You can swirl them or stack in different colors, but this works the best with the brightest color on top.
Make sure you let the cupcakes cool before you frost, which to me is always the hardest part. I want to frost and eat as soon as the oven timer goes off.
I'm probably the world's worst cake decorator, but I can make a mean thick vanilla frosting. Now the hardest part with this frosting is not eating it directly from the frosting knife or from the bowl — trust me.
Frost each cupcake with buttercream, and then sprinkle with colored sprinkles. I rolled the frosted cupcakes in sprinkles so they were heavily sprinkled. You can simply toss a few sprinkles on top or decorate as you see fit. I love sprinkles, so that's why these look like a kid made them.
Then peel, eat and enjoy! Also known as the best part ever!
Recipe inspired by Sweet Pea's Kitchen
For the cupcakes
For the frosting
Updated by Bethany Ramos on 2/5/2016
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