One day Zack came home from work with an idea…he decided we should make cupcakes with Mountain Dew in them. I’ll admit that I was pretty apprehensive, because I don’t drink soda and honestly can’t even remember what Mountain Dew tastes like, but I still agreed.
We’ve had the recipe for probably a month, but just got around to making them at the beginning of the week.
They actually turned out pretty well and were a big hit with his employees!
Mountain Dew Cupcakes
– 1 box lemon cake mix
– 1 box lemon-flavored instant pudding mix (3.4 oz)
– 12 oz Mountain Dew
– 3/4 cup vegetable oil
– 4 large eggs
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake wrappers. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix and pudding mix. Add soda, oil and eggs. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake approximately 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on wire rack.
The recipe called for a glaze-type icing, but I decided to make a lemon-buttercream frosting.
– 1 cup vegetable shortening
– 1 tsp. lemon flavoring
– 9 1/2 tsp water
– 1 tablespoon meringue powder
– 1 lb. confectioner’s sugar
In a large bowl, cream together the shortening, lemon flavoring and water. Next, add meringue powder and mix with an electric mixer. Then, SLOWLY add in confectioner’s sugar, a little at a time (if you add too much at a time, your hand mixer will blow up!). After all combined, beat about a minute longer until nice and creamy.
Then, use GEL food coloring to color your icing green. If you use liquid food coloring, it will mess up the icing consistency.