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|Patriotic Cup Cakes|
Want a quick fix of cake? This is the answer!
In the summer, who wants the oven running for close to an hour to make a cake? And face it, sometimes you don’t want to wait that long or have a huge cake on hand…for several reasons.
First, this doesn’t have to be done with colors, patriotic or otherwise LOL. I only did this in case anyone wanted a quick, easy and pretty dessert for a July 4th party or BBQ. You can do this with ANY flavor cake mix.
|Three cheers for the red, white & blue|
I did this the really quick way–just cake mix and water. You have to eat this when it cools or not too long after since it will get a little dry quickly. For a more tender crumb, maybe the addition of about a teaspoon of oil would make a big difference to the texture. I didn’t try it.
You can always make the box cake mix per directions and do this, but you’d end up with quite a few of these in the size I made them…and…you’d have to run the oven and do them in a waterbath so the don’t brown. I used the microwave. It works!
I used Ball quilted crystal jelly jars for this (1/2 pint) because it’s the perfect serving size.
Another caveat is don’t fill the jars with batter more than half full. The cake will rise like a rocket right out of the jar–and straight up too. If anyone remembers “I Love Lucy” where Lucy and Ethel made the homemade bread, you’ll get an idea of what happens here!!!
I used white cake mix and gel food coloring here, but as I say, any flavor will do for a quick snack.
Patriotic Cup Cakes
- 3/4 cup white cake mix
- 1/4 cup water
- red gel food coloring
- blue gel food coloring
- 1 tbs non-dairy whipped topping
Have 2 8-oz mason jelly jars handy. They require no greasing or prep inside.
Mix cake mix and water in a small bowl. Divide batter evenly between 3 bowls.
Tint batter in one bowl red to desired shade. Tint batter in another bowl blue to desired shade. Leave one bowl plain for the white.
Place about 1/2-inch of each color batter in each 8-oz mason jar.
Microwave individually for 1 minute on HI. Remove with an oven mitt as the glass will be hot.
Repeat for other mason jar. Cool to room temperature. Garnish with whipped topping if desired.
Makes 2 8-oz jars of cake.
|Patriotic Cup Cake|
|Patriotic Cup Cakes|