This past week a good friend of mine decided what better way to ring in the new school year, and reduce some of the stress these first few weeks have caused, then by getting together a bunch of friends and killing some zombies? Via Xbox of course.
So he got everything together and mentioned to me that on such and such a day, aka last Wednesday, our friends were going be coming over and playing some Left 4 Dead. My first thought? Zombie Cupcakes. And thus, these were born.
Now these aren’t your ordinary everyday cupcakes. Aside from the chocolate ones. Those are just chocolate with chocolate frosting. Plus some crumbled chocolate graham crackers on top and the fantastic cupcake toppers I found at Bake it Pretty.
But those yellow cakes with the green slime frosting? Guess what they are.
Mountain Dew Cupcakes.
That’s right, cupcakes made with Mountain Dew soda, perfect for any gamer. Plus thanks to Halloween being right around the corner, I was able to find these fantastic body part gummies which included a few brains.
Wanna know how to make them? Simple. Box mix of yellow cake (DON’T make the cake according to box directions, no eggs, no oil, no water, trust me on this, I tried, too much liquid) and a 12 oz can of Mountain Dew. Stir. Put in wrappers in cupcake pan. Bake until done (about 15-20 min).
The frosting was just as simple, although I followed the recipe I found just to be safe:
Mountain Dew Frosting:
2 sticks butter, softened
2/3 cup Mountain Dew
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp lemon extract
7 cups powdered sugar
In the bowl of an electric mixer, the combine softened butter, Mountain Dew, and extracts. Beat on medium low-speed until well blended. Add powdered sugar and beat on low-speed until combined. Increase speed to medium high and beat for about 2 minutes. If frosting is not thick enough, add powdered sugar until you reach desired consistency.
Using gel food coloring, color half the frosting yellow and half green. Place in a piping bag side by side and pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
* Taken/Adapted from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
The frosting I ended up having was A: Super sweet and B: a little less stiff because it was so sweet and in order to thicken it, it needs more sugar. But it’s perfect, looks a bit like slime!
They were a hit! I’ve told my friend many more zombie gaming parties need to happen so I can make even more fantastic zombie related desserts. But until then, time to drink the rest of the Mountain Dew that’s in my fridge, it should help me stay up and write those papers that are due.