Tonight marks the beginning of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Athletes from across the country will gather to “go for the gold” as all those old school commentators like to say.
If you’re anything like my friends and me, you use this event as an excuse to get together, eat tasty treats, and watch a spectacular opening ceremony. Now, I could have baked something simple. But face it folks, if there is a theme then my dessert will revolve around it. Since tonight’s ceremony revolves around the lighting of the torch, it only made sense to make torch cupcakes.
Fear not. This recipes doesn’t require anymore time or skill than a regular cupcake. It just looks like it.
- 1 box of cake mix, any flavor of choice
- 2 boxes of flat-bottomed ice cream cones
- 1 can of vanilla frosting
- Red and yellow food dye (or orange if you can find it)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare cupcake batter according to directions on the box.
- Pour batter into cone. Make sure to leave at least 1/2-inch so, when baked, the cupcake lines with the top of the cone.
- Place cones in cupcake pan (one cone per tin, of course).
- Let conecakes bake for 18-21 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
- While cupcakes cool, mix food coloring into the frosting. I do about 40 drops of yellow and 10 drops of red, but you can experiment as needed.
- Frost conecakes and enjoy!
Yields about 24 “conecakes.”
I’ll admit, it looks more like an ice cream cone than a cupcake, but it’s the thought that counts. right?
As you can see from the photo below, I also made basic cupcakes with the Olympic rings as decor. What will you be making to celebrate tonight’s Opening Ceremony?