There are some occasions that call for show-stopping desserts — party food that will wow your guests and leave them talking for days. These Sparkling Celebration Cupcakes are one of those desserts! They’re a gorgeous choice for New Year’s or a special birthday or an anniversary.
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- These Cookie Monster Cupcakes are perfect for your next party or just an every day treat.
These gorgeous cupcakes rely on two special components for their show-stopper status:
- Silver & Gold Food Color Spray
I also baked these delicious vanilla cupcakes in silver and gold cupcake liners to really bring the glamour. For presentation, leave the sparklers aside in a cute cup or jar until it’s time to light them up! It works best if you have a couple of barbecue lighters going at the same time.
For New Year’s Eve we start lighting them up just before the 10-seconds-to-go mark.
I made these vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream from scratch, but if I’m pressed for time I sometimes just use a boxed cupcake mix. If you ask me, it’s all about the frosting – a great frosting takes any cake to the next level of deliciousness.
I tried making these with chocolate cupcakes as well, but I didn’t love how the silver and gold spray settled on the chocolate cake. The vanilla served as a nicer “base” for the color.
Sparkling Celebration CupcakesPrint Pin Rate
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a muffin tray with silver & gold foil liners.
- Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together until combined. Set aside.
- Using a mixer, blend the sugar and oil until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla, and the buttermilk. Add in the flour mixture in three increments, mixing completely in between additions.
- Portion the cupcake batter out into the liners. I use about 1/4 cup per liner.
- Bake 18-22 minutes, until an inserted toothpick is removed clean.
- Cool completely before frosting.
Silver & Gold Buttercream FrostingPrint Pin Rate
- 1 cup salted butter
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 cups icing/powdered sugar
- 4-5 tablespoons cream
- Make the buttercream by combining the butter, vanilla, and 2 cups of the powdered sugar in a large bowl.
- Add in the cream and additional sugar in increments, until you reach a desired sweetness and consistency. I like to taste the contrast of butter and vanilla, while still having a stiff enough frosting to create gorgeous swirls.
- Fit a decorating bag with your desired frosting tip and fill with the buttercream. Starting in the center of the cupcake, and applying even pressure, swirl the frosting outwards, and then back towards the center for a gorgeous “domed” effect.
- Spray half of the cupcake with silver food spray, and then the other half with gold. If you’d like, you can just use one color of the food spray and leave half of the cupcake white.
Create delicious desserts with these great sources gathered by the crew at Spaceships and Laser Beams.
- Ghirardelli Chocolate Baking Chips, Milk Chocolate
- Wilton 2105-459 Excelle Elite 3-Tier Cooling Rack
- Curva Artisan Series Double Wall Beverage Glasses and Tumblers
- Oggi Melamine Ribbed 6 Piece Mixing Bowl Set in assorted colors
- Simply Calphalon Nonstick 6-Piece Bakeware Set
- Artisan (2 pk.) Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat Set
- The New York Baking Company | 24-pack Reusable Silicone Baking Cups / Cupcake Liners
- ChefLand Mixing Bowls Standard Weight Stainless Steel
- Premium Nonstick 21 Pcs Baking Pans
- Onesource 8-Piece Deluxe Stainless Steel Measuring Cup and Measuring Spoon Set
- Wilton 2105-2174 Mini Springform Pan
- Wilton 409-7716 Angled Icing Spatula
- Wilton Recipe Right Nonstick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan
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