King Cupcakes for Mardi Gras Graduation Party–Part 2–The King Cupcakes

Now for the cake. This can be done ahead of time (up to one month and frozen. My secret to making cakes taste homemade is use a box mix, with the following substitutions: replace the water with milk, replace the oil with coconut oil or melted butter. Some people add an extra egg, I have found this not to work as well at higher altitude. (We are at 6,600 ft). I also add a teaspoon of vanilla–even to chocolate cake. For the King Cupcakes, I added 2 t of cinnamon per cake mix (dry) and 2 T of lemon juice to the mix.

I added 2-3 teaspoons of cinnamon to the dry cake mix and sifted it--I'm sure you can skip sifting-I was having a thorough day. Add 1 teas. of vanilla, and mix the cake as directed replacing the water with milk and the vegetable oil with coconut oil if you have it. Beat it for a long time until it's lighter than normal.
I added 2-3 teaspoons of cinnamon to the dry cake mix and sifted it–I’m sure you can skip sifting-I was having a thorough day. Add 1 teas. of vanilla, and mix the cake as directed replacing the water with milk and the vegetable oil with coconut oil if you have it. Beat it for a long time until it’s lighter than normal.
After baking as directed (I used white liners to bake in), I let them cool for a couple of minutes and then inserted a plastic baby in a few. DO NOT bake the baby in the batter--it will melt. That might seem obvious, but I had to ask my friend from NOLA......I bought the little plastic babies from Windy City Novelties online.
After baking as directed (I used white liners to bake in), I let them cool for a couple of minutes and then inserted a plastic baby in a few. DO NOT bake the baby in the batter–it will melt. That might seem obvious, but I had to ask my friend from NOLA……I bought the little plastic babies from Windy City Novelties online.
This is the point at which I sealed in tins and froze. I did get gold, black and blue liners to place under the white liners.
This is the point at which I sealed in tins and froze. I did get gold, black and blue liners to place under the white liners.

 

This is the story that will be displayed with the cupcakes. Coloradans aren't used to finding babies in their food. I don't want to break someone's tooth.
This is the story that will be displayed with the cupcakes. Coloradans aren’t used to finding babies in their food. I don’t want to break someone’s tooth.

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