It has been awhile again since I have made cupcakes. I used to make them every other day it seems, but this year cookies have become my passion. When I mentioned to my son that I wanted to make one last sweet for St. Patrick's Day, he said "cupcakes!" Cupcakes it is!
I don't like having a lot of something around, I do like staying in shape, so I decided to make these a little more figure friendly and simple but mixing one box of devil's food cake mix with 1 can of Diet Cherry Pepsi. That's all, no eggs, no oil, no butter, just the soda! Usually I end up with about 18 cupcakes using that method. Bake at 350 for about 18 minutes. They aren't the prettiest things, but they are fluffy and yummy!
I didn't want to make a trip to the store for decorations and I was lucky enough to already have St. Patrick's Day Cupcake liners in my arsenal of supplies. I had pretty much used all of my green candy coloring, so decided to use these "Spooky Green" Wilton Candy Melts, that I stocked up on over Halloween. They matched the shamrock cupcake liner quite well. I decided to put shamrocks on top using a Shamrock Printable that I found at Sherbet Blossom. I printed it out at at 150%. I put the melted candy melts into a piping bag and snipped the end off and traced and filled each shamrock and then put in the refrigerator to set up. Once all was ready, I used Wilton 1M tip to pipe on the icing and topped each cupcake with a shamrock.
I love making the cupcakes with soda! The soda gives the chocolate cupcake a hint of Cherry Pepsi flavor and I feel a little bit less guilty having one since it cuts the fat and calories down quite a bit!
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