Cool & Creative Ways to Use Your Muffin Tins!

Camouflage Cupcake Sandwiches

on June 27, 2012

Apparently this week is turning into a week of sweets, first the Peanut Butter Cups then the Cookie Bites and now Camo Cupcake Sandwiches, lol! Wonder what sweet treat I’ll find for tomorrow’s blog?!

Today’s post is a reader suggestion all the way from Arizona! Thanks for the idea Mrs. Brown from Mrs. Brown’s Bath Bakery!

Check these out folks! Having and ARMY MAN in my life I find them extra special 🙂 Perfect for a kids birthday party or celebrating the special soldier in your life <3!

I have not given these a try yet but the word is that they are surprisingly easy to make! And not just in green/black/brown but you can make then in PINK too!! 😀

The photos come from a wonderful blog called Chickabug. I absolutely love her presentation of this fun treat. But the Original recipe comes from Debbie at Life Is Sweets. Along with her recipe she shares a charming story of how these little cuties came about 🙂 Thanks to both ladies for sharing these with us what a treat!!

Here is what you’ll need:

To make the sandwiches…

A french vanilla boxed cake mix (plus water, oil, and eggs as called for on box instructions)

A large mixing bowl

Four smaller separate bowls for mixing colors

Black, Kelly Green, and Brown gel dyes (For the pink Camo Sandwiches just use varying colors of pink gel dyes.)

A whoopie pie pan (or a muffin tin if you do not have a whoopie pie pan like me! I will go into more detail about how to modify, later)

Cooking spray

To make the Vanilla Buttercream Icing…

2 sticks of butter
4 cups of confectioner’s sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3-5 tablespoons half and half
Here are Debbie’s Instructions:
I used a french vanilla boxed cake and **split half of the batter into four equal parts in four separate bowls.  Put the other half of the batter aside.  I then dyed one of the four bowls black (using black gel dye), one army green (using kelly green gel mixed with some brown gel dye), brown (using brown gel), and, lastly, beige (using just a touch of brown gel added with a toothpick to control the amount added).
(Spray pan with cooking spray.) Next, I spooned very small amounts of each color at a time into a whoopie pie pan.  After filling each cavity, I baked them for 8 minutes on 350 degrees. (See how to do this in a muffin tin below.)
Remove each cake and let cool on a wire rack.  With the other half of the cake batter, I again separated it into four separate bowls and dyed them varying colors of pink.  I baked them the same way.  While the cakes were cooling I made the icing.

**As you can see she made 2 batches in two different colors, you do not need to split the batter in half if you are just making one type of camo colored sandwiches.

Now if you are using a muffin tin instead of a whoopie pie pan spray pan with cooking spray and fill each muffin cup about half full with batter and bake at 35o until done (depends on your oven as to how long that will take, just keep a close eye on them and start with 10 minutes and work your way up if you need to). Remove to cooling rack and allow to cool… then cut tops off each cupcake horizontally (save bottoms for another use or eat them all up, the kids will love that job!) Assemble sandwich style with the buttercream icing. For more of a visual reference go to Bettey Crocker’s Cupcake Poppers Video. Those are being made in a mini muffin tin so disregard the amount of batter used but it’s a good reference to see how full the muffin cups are and how to cut the tops off 😉

Here’s how to make the Vanilla Buttercream Icing:

Using a mixer, beat butter until it is fluffy.  Add 3 cups of sugar – one cup at a time – mixing until it’s completely incorporated.  Add vanilla and half and half along with last cup of sugar and mix, adding more half and half until the icing is the desired consistency.

For the army Camo cakes dye the icing light army green (a small amount of both Kelly Green gel and Brown gel dye).

For the pink Camo cakes ice with pink buttercream.

I know this one was a little outside of my usual because of the whoopie pie pan twist, but these were just too darn cool to pass up!!! I hope they turn out well 😉 Good luck everyone and consider this our first muffin tin experiment together. Let me know how yours turn out!! Happy Baking Everyone 😀


2 responses to “Camouflage Cupcake Sandwiches

  1. calmyourbeans says:

    Reblogged this on calmyourbeans.

  2. Nadine Brown says:

    so cool! ty for the credit! this is just the awesome and most delish way to support our troops and just days away from Independence Day too! ^__^

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