Mountain Dew Cupcakes With Frosting
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- Ready In:
- 1 (18 ounce) box lemon cake mix
- 1 (3 1/2 ounce) box lemon pudding mix
- 4 eggs
- 1 1⁄4 cups Mountain Dew soda
- 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
- 3 -5 drops yellow food coloring
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 cup salted butter (room temp)
- 1⁄8 cup Mountain Dew soda
- 1⁄2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1⁄2 tablespoon lime juice
- 3 -5 drops neon green food coloring
- Mix cake mix, pudding and eggs well.
- Add in your oil to the batter and mix for 2 minutes.
- Slowly pour in your mountain dew soda and mix for another minute.
- Add to cupcake liners and bake at 350 degrees F for 13-17 minutes (or until toothpick inserted comes out clean).
- Allow time to cool before frosting.
- To make frosting, beat your butter well till smooth, slowly add in 1 cup at a time of confectioners sugar and your lemon juice & mountain dew.
- Add all of your sugar and check for thickness of the frosting. If it is too thick add a teaspoon at a time of mountain dew till you reach the correct consistency to pipe or frost your cupcakes.
As a Beginner baker who usually has lots of problems this recipe was super easy to follow, however I will say that they are not very "mountain dew" flavoured. It's more of a Lemon Lime flavour which to most people is kinda mountain dew-ish, but did not pass my panel of experts :P. The other thing I would say is for me I didn't like the instruction to "Add to cupcake liners" in regards to filling the batter into the tins, the batter rises quite a bit so I would suggest half full or 3/4 at most. I also don't like traditional icing so I used a packaged cream cheese frosting instead and added the mountain dew and Lemon/Lime juice. It turned out much stronger in the Soda flavour than the cupcakes I found. But I had more than half leftover. I think this Recipe would be great for kids because the steps are super simple and it doesn't take long to make. I've tried 3 other recipes which were from scratch, none of which worked out so I definitely say this is a winner on taste, and simplicity!
These cupcakes taste great and were really easy to make! I usually don't like to use cake or pudding pre-mixes, but went along with this one since I had made some other Mountain Dew Cupcakes last year that were from scratch that had way too much zest in the recipe for me. The only small changes I made were to add a few drops of food grade lemon essential oil to the cake batter and to swap out the lime juice in the icing with more lemon juice and a few drops of lime essential oil, as I was out of limes. I did add an extra half cup of powdered sugar to the icing, since I was piping it on. I was a bit short on the icing, but did put a lot on each cupcake. I will definitely make these again and can't wait to share them =)
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