Candy Land inspired cupcakes are sure to make you smile!
These fun cupcakes are topped with brilliantly colored frosting and of course candy galore!
We bought our Candy Land game almost 8 years ago. It was our first family board game. It has certainly seen a lot of use. It’s cover is tattered. The board itself is heavily creased and the cards are bent, worn and weathered. Although we don’t play it as frequently now, I am not ready to part with it just yet.
The reason I’m so sentimental about that rainbow colored game is how I’ve been able to watch all our kids grow. I’m not just talking about physical growth. Yes, I’ve seen them change from toddlers into preschoolers right before my eyes, but I’m talking more about the mental growth.
In the beginning, I would help my kids match each colored square on the card to the square on the board and then guide them along the path. Then as time went by, they discovered their ability to march along and find their way themselves. Their little plastic men would hop along one vibrant square at time. The game would somehow last for eons and eventually I would rig the game so they would win and we could move on.
Then things got serious. Suddenly our sweet little game of Candy Land would turn ugly. My little darlings developed a taste for winning and could not stop until their little man beat me to King Candy. I was no longer a nice foe that would simply let them win. No sirree, I gleefully sent them back to candy cane or gingerbread if the opportunity arose! The sooner they learned the art of losing gracefully the better.
My 5 year old was my fiercest competitor. She cleverly bent each face card in such a way that would allow her to instantly recognize whether she would be sent forwards or backwards. She had the advantage of mental preparedness. Shrewd little girl (yeah, she totally got that from me…).
Eventually, each child learned to appreciate the game for what it was…a game that we could play together. They discovered that the joy wasn’t always waiting for you at the end, the joy was in how you get there.
I can tell you one way to get to pure happiness is through these cupcakes!! Oh my, the cake is so tender and so light. This will be my go to white cupcake FOREVER!! The frosting is your basic buttercream. I used a combination of candies based on the game, although the possibilities are endless. I had so much fun with these cupcakes! Actually the entire family did. In fact, I’ve been asked to make them ASAP! This may be the one instance where it IS all about the end result!!
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- 1 cup milk
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 cups cake flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 5 egg whites
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup shortening
- 7 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼- cup water
- Peppermints, gumdrops, licorice, packaged gingerbread men, chocolate covered peanuts
- Red food gel, lemon yellow food gel, Violet food gel and Royal Blue food gel
- For the cupcakes:
- Preheat oven to 350. Line 3 cupcakes pans with liners and set aside.
- In a measuring cup, combine milk and vanilla.
- In a stand mixer, beat butter at medium speed until creamy. Add in sugar until fluffy. In a separate bowl, sift together flour and baking powder. Carefully add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour.
- In a separate bowl, beat eggs whites at medium speed until stiff peaks form. Carefully fold eggs white into cupcake batter.
- Fill each cupcake liner about ⅔ full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
- For the frosting:
- Beat butter and shortening on medium speed until creamer. Slowly beat in powdered sugar one cup at a time. Mix in salt and vanilla. Slowly mix in water adding more or less until desired consistency is achieved.
- Divide batter into 4 bowls. Tint one with red gel, one with yellow gel, one with violet gel and one with blue gel. Add only a pea-sized amount to start and stir. Add drops at a time until you reach your desired shade.
- Fill 4 piping bags. Using an 809 piping tip, top cupcakes with frosting. Garnish cupcakes wit candies as desired.
- Makes 36
- Cupcake recipe adapted from Southern Living.