Sis and I made these super-cute cupcakes for a church activity last night and they were a huge hit with the twelve-and-under crowd. I thought they were delicious and I think the adults would have liked them, too, if they had the chance to try them. Kids are quick getting to the buffet table, y'all.
I've been looking at the new Flavor Creations frosting flavors at my grocery store for a while now and wondering if they were any good. Have you seen them there on the cake mix aisle? You buy the can of frosting "starter" and then pick a flavor pack to stir into the frosting. Some of the flavors sound pretty good -- caramel, chocolate almond, cinnamon roll -- but the one that really caught my eye and piqued my curiosity was bubblegum. I should preface this whole post by saying that I. Love. Bubblegum! I love the flavor of it and the smell of it. But not just the chewing gum. I love bubblegum lip gloss and I pick all the bubblegum Jelly Bellies out of the mix and save them for myself. I also love Baskin Robbins bubblegum ice cream. It's my favorite. So this frosting was either going to be sooo right or sooo very, very wrong. What better opportunity to give it a shot than a pot luck dessert buffet where I could pawn most of them off on other people's kids?
I'm ashamed to say that there's really no recipe here. We just made white cake cupcakes and mixed the bubblegum frosting in the can. Sis piped the frosting onto the cupcakes and I topped them all with a gumball to up the cute factor. The first thing I noticed was that the smell was heavenly. Spot-on. Well done, Duncan Hines. However, the frosting was a little soft for my liking. It didn't hold up very well to being piped and was a little gooey. Next time I'll try adding the flavor pack to my homemade buttercream frosting. I think that would give the frosting a more subtle pink color and a milder bubblegum flavor that lots of people above the age of six might enjoy more, too.
I thought the cupcakes tasted really good, but the bubblegum flavor was pretty strong. NO complaints from anyone though. I will be making these again sometime FOR SURE. Maybe Sis can make them again for my birthday next month . . . I just can't help thinking how perfect these would be for a little girl's Pinkalicious birthday party or something. Where was Duncan Hines ten years ago when I was doing little girl birthday parties?!
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