April is the month of the Holy Spirit, and on it’s heel comes Pentecost Sunday wherein we’ll observe the feast of the Holy Spirit settling on Apostles and Mary in a real and very manifest way. Tongues of fire!
In keeping with so much focus on the Holy Spirit I’ve brought you a fun and easy way to bring some celebration into your home in keeping this theme.
I put a fun surprise in these cupcakes as well: fire within!
A pocket of “fire” hides inside these cupcakes as a symbol of the fire within us—The Holy Spirit. You can color the cupcake batter, as I did, or you could put a strawberry inside, or even a spoonful of red berry jam. How fun is it to have hidden symbolism in a cupcake?!
Here is how I made these quick and easy cupcakes.
What you need:
- One White boxed cake mix, plus ingredients according to box
- One container of premade white frosting
- Cupcake papers
- Red, Orange and Yellow hard candies (Jolly Ranchers or something similar)
- Red dye, or a red jam or strawberries
- Parchment Paper
- Skewer or toothpicks
You’ll want prepare your cupcakes according to the box instructions. Fill your cupcake tins, reserving about a cup of the batter for the red in the middle. If you are going to use jam or berries as the “fired within” you can skip this step.
Bake off your cupcakes.
While your cupcakes are baking, you can simultaneously work on your candy fire decorations. This part is super fun and easy. If you have older kids that want to get involved, now would be a good time as long are you are careful. Hot sugar can be very dangerous so proceed with caution.
Arrange on parchment paper on a sheet pan your hard candies by color.
You are going to set this pan on the bottom rack of the oven. Cupcakes generally bake at 350 degrees which is perfect for the candy as well. Watch carefully for 5-8 minutes. The candy can go from melted to burnt very quickly. You want melted! Carefully, while the candy is still hot and easily manipulated, use your skewer to swirl the colors together.
Set your pan in a safe place to let the candy cool. When it is completely cooled, you can break it up into shards. When your cupcakes are done, let them cool completely as well.
Frost your cupcakes, completely covering the red center. I like the idea of it being a surprise!Lastly, carefully place the candy fire shards in the tops of your cupcakes, arranging them to look like flames.Enjoy your hard work! And remember to keep your fires burning.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
- One Boxed White Cake Mix, made according to box instructions
- One Container White Frosting
- Red, Orange and Yellow hard candy (like Jolly Ranchers)
- Parchment Paper
- Cupcake liners
- A muffin tin
- Skewer or tooth picks
- Red Dye, or Berry Jam or Strawberries
- Make Cake mix according to boxed instructions, reserving 1 cup of the batter.
- Add a few drops of red dye to the remaining mix and drop by the spoonful into the center of the white filled muffin tins.
- Bake the muffins in lined muffin tins.
- While the muffins are baking, arrange the candy on parchment on a sheet pan.
- Set on bottom shelf, and watch for 5-8 minutes as they melt.
- Remove from oven and swirl the candies together to make "flames" in the sugar.
- Set aside to cool completely.
- When muffins are done, let cool completely on a rack.
- Frost cool muffins, by piping the frosting on the muffins covering the red "flame within" completely.
- Break the candy flames up in to shards that resemble triangular shapes like flames and strategically place them on the tops of the frosted cupcakes.
- Enjoy your hard work!
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About Celeste Bowen
Celeste calls California's wine country home. She is a mother of four, artist, blogger, and special needs advocate.