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Do you have Halloween parties before trick or treating starts? We typically go to our church for Trunk or Treating. It's a fun time where the kids can collect candy, the parents can socialize, and we offer a lot of fun besides just trick or treating. One of the games is a cake walk. It's a bit like musical chairs except you land on a number. A random number is pulled from a hat and if you are on that number you win a cake of some kind. So, I made these fun Candy Corn Cupcakes using Fanta to give as a prize.
I partly went with candy corn because Halloween is full of #SpookySnacks and I'm not a big fan of spooky. It's just not my thing. But I DOlove the colors of candy corn! It's fun and festive with out being gorey or creepy.
You might notice though that I got my colors mixed up. It's supposed to be yellow on the bottom, orange in the middle, and white on top. I made mine orange, then yellow, then white. Doesn't it just make better sense to go from dark to light?? Oh well, you get the idea right. I'll get it straightened out for the real Cake Walk batch.
If you have never made a cake using soda, you HAVE to try it. The cake turns out so flavorful and moist. It's great! And easy! I really like using Fanta because it gives the cake a nice orange flavor. And when paired with a lemon flavored cake, the citrus flavors pop.
Fair warning: Because you are using two boxes of cake mix, you will end up with a LOT of cupcakes. So be prepared to host a Halloween party, give them away, or just be really hungry. I ended up with 3 dozen cupcakes!
Ingredients:2 boxes yellow cake (I picked a lemon cake)
12 oz. or 1.5 cups Fanta
2 cans white frosting
ingredients for 1 of the cake mixes
red & yellow food coloring
I picked up everything I need from Walmart. It's just so easy to run in and grab what you need. But I have to make a list or else I grab a bunch of other stuff too. Anyone else like that? There will be an in-store demo at select Walmart locations October 24-26th featuring Fanta, as well as Wheat Thins and Halloween Oreos. So make sure you plan a trip that weekend - like you don't end up there every weekend for one thing or another anyway.
Directions:Start by mixing your first box of cake mix with the ingredients directed on the back of the box.
In a separate bowl, mix the second box of cake mix and Fanta. Mix. -- Yep it's that easy.
My first batch of cupcakes came out DELICIOUS, but the color difference between the yellow and orange just wasn't obvious enough. The picture below makes the colors blend even more than they really were, but you get the idea. Or rather... you miss the idea.
So, with the second batch, I added red and yellow food coloring to the orange batter. WAY better!
Add cupcake liners to your baking pan and spray with a vegetable spray so your cupcake won't stick to the liner. Then layer your batter. YELLOW first, THEN ORANGE; opposite of what I did.
Don't overfill or your cupcakes will look more like mushrooms than cupcakes.
Cook according to package directions.
When your cupcakes have finished cooking and cooling, add a swirl of white icing on the top to finish it off.
These cupcakes are some of the moistest (is that a word?) cupcakes. You almost don't even need the frosting on top. Almost. Well, I may or may not have had enough frosting to finish all 3 dozen cupcakes and I may or may not have eaten the ones with out frosting. Let's just say that these cupcakes are rather tasty.
Whether you are going to a Trunk or Treat type party away from home, hosting a party at your house, or just looking to give the kiddos some pre-trick or treating snacks, these cupcakes are a must. And don't forget to have some bottles of Dasani on hand. Drinking water will keep everyone hydrated while trick or treating and help ward off a little of that sugar high.
And on a side note, I love that All Dasani bottles are made from plant resin. I'm usually a little weird about buying bottled water, but I don't feel so badly about it when I know that the bottles are better for the environment compared to other plastic water bottles.
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