My 3 Monsters: Shirley Temple Cupcakes

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Shirley Temple Cupcakes

After giving you a brief break from my baking yesterday, I'm back again with another sweet treat. 

Shirley Temple Cupcakes recipe at /

I made these goodies a month ago for my daughter's birthday party and they were delicious.  Then I came down with a really bad stomach bug, and you know how the last thing you ate before you get sick always gets the mental blame, even though it wasn't the culprit?  Yeah, that's what happened here.  It has taken me a solid month to even be able to think about editing those photos and writing about these yummy cuppies.  But that shouldn't discourage you from trying them.  I promise, they're really good!

We LOVE Shirley Temples in our house.  It's our go-to "mock-tail" for New Year's Eve and other celebratory occasions.   Ginger ale and grenadine?  Um, yeah.  I'll have some of that.   Why not in cupcake form?!  

Shirley Temple Cupcakes

1 box white cake mix
1-1/2 C. ginger ale
2 Tbsp. Grenadine

Mix cake mix with ginger ale.  {Don't add any oil or eggs -- just the ginger ale.}  Separate half of the batter into a small bowl and stir in grenadine.  Line cupcake pans with paper liners.  Fill each liner with equal parts white and pink batter then swirl the batters together with a tooth pick to create a marbled effect.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until done.  Allow to cool and top with Grenadine Butter Cream and a maraschino cherry.

Grenadine Butter Cream Frosting

1 1/4 C. shortening (do NOT use butter flavored!)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 C. grenadine
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 lbs confectioner's sugar

Beat the shortening with an electric mixer until fluffy.  Add the salt, grenadine, and vanilla. Beat until mixed. The mixture will be sort of watery at this point, so it's ok if it's not completely combined.  Add the powdered sugar about 1 cup at a time. Mix well after each addition.  Once frosting is the desired consistency, keep on mixing for about 5-7 minutes until your icing is nice and fluffy!  Icing will keep in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.

Shirley Temple Cupcakes recipe at /
These cupcakes were delicious {really!} and so pretty.  They were perfect for a girly-girl's birthday party.  Or Valentines Day.  Or anytime, really.  After sipping ginger ale through my stomach bug, I may just be ready to try these cupcakes again now!


  1. Do you also draw the grid on the chalkboard?

  2. amygregson19 July, 2013

    Sometimes I do -- other times {like this time} I just free-hand it.

  3. gameofdiapers20 July, 2013

    I couldn't fiynd a place to post this, but this post seemed appropriate! LOL Congratulations! I nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger Award. Check it out

    1. Thanks so much! That is really sweet of you. 'm heading over to check it out now.


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