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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Buried Treasure Cupcakes


Buried Treasure Cupcakes To say my family likes Disney is a massive understatement. For the past two years, we have had the Premier Passports, annual passes to both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida. By my calculations, Miss F has spent over a month in the Disney parks in the last year alone, including a day trip to Hong Kong Disneyland. Last week, we surprised Miss F with a trip to Disneyland to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. It had been closed for over a year and was opening for a passholder preview. It is her most favorite ride. We planned the trip in under a week and we departed from Aspen during spring break. So she not only got a week full of skiing, she also got a weekend in sunny Disneyland. She was surprised and beyond excited. And the ride was worth the yearlong wait. And the crazy planning was worth the massive smile on her face.

So when I was contacted to celebrate the release of Disney's The Pirate Fairy (available on Blu-ray™ and Digital HD on April 1st), I jumped at the chance. Miss F is obsessed with making cupcakes and got me a cupcake cook book for Christmas this year, so we both flipped through the book to find a pirate themed cupcake. The winner was a pirate themed "buried treasure" cupcake that would be a fun treat for her lunchbox. Like many schools, Miss F's is peanut and nut free, so I selected candies that fit in with that policy, but these cupcakes would be equally delicious with miniature peanut butter cups.

While we prepared the cupcakes, Miss F sang, "Yo ho, yo ho, a mommy's life for me!" Pirates of the Caribbean is also a favorite ride and like every Disney ride, Miss F knows all the words to each and every song and can adapt them to suit whatever we are doing at the moment. Her role in cupcake preparation is preparing the pans with liners and dishing out the batter, even though it can get quite messy, it is worth it. An added fun moment was burying the candy "treasure" in each cupcake before baking. I am not fancy with frosting, so the graham cracker sand is a perfect way to cover up any frosting issues. A simple licorice "X" to mark the spot completes these adorable cupcakes.
 
Buried Treasure Cupcakes

1 box yellow cake mix
24 square miniature candies, unwrapped (I used Kit Kats)

½ cup butter, softened
3 ½ cups confectioners' sugar
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup graham cracker crumbs
red licorice straws

Prepare the cake batter per package instructions. Line 24 cupcake tins with paper liners and fill each ¾ full with batter. Dunk a candy in each cupcake. Bake per package instructions. Cool completely.

Beat the butter with a mixer, adding a half cup of sugar and tablespoon of milk at a time until completely incorporated and desired consistency. Beat in the vanilla.

Frost the cupcakes and top each with a teaspoon of graham cracker crumbs. Cut the licorice into 48 one inch pieces, use two pieces per cupcake to create a red "X" to mark the spot.
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1 comment:

Carol at Wild Goose Tea said...

Cute story. That's a quick way to liven up a plain cupcake. The graham cracker crumbs on the frosting is something I have never thought of. I would work because of the crumbs sticking in the frosting. Clever.

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