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"Classy Cosmos"

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This stylish treat is perfect compliment to any event, any girls night, or bachelorette with a combination of cranberry, vokda, lime, and a splash of citrus all tied into a delicious cupcake dazzled up with pink sugar, lime zest, and a wedge of lime for a highly sophisticated, classy look!

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  • Cupcakes:
  • Duncan Hines White cake mix
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • Pink food coloring
  • Frosting:
  • 1- 8 oz package of cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lime zest
  • 1- 8 oz container whipped toppping
  • Pink Food coloring
  • Garnish:
  • 1 Tablespoon lime zest
  • Pink Sugar
  • Lime cut into 24 small wedges

Baking Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper liners to make 24 cupcakes. Blend cake mix, cranberry juice, vodka, triple sec, egg whites, oil, and enough pink food coloring to reach desired shade of pink in large bowl until moistened, about 30 seconds. Beat with mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes or whisk by hand for two minutes. Distribute batter evenly among 24 lined cupcake tins. Bake for 15-20 minutes or when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes completely.
  2. Frosting:
  3. Beat softened cream cheese,lime juice, and 1 Tablespoon of the lime zest until well incorporated. Add confectioners sugar and beat well, being sure to scrape sides so all ingredients are incorporated. Add food coloring to reach desired pink color (*color will lighten once you incorporate whipped topping), FOLD in whipped topping- DO NOT BEAT IN! Pipe frosting on cooled cupakes. Sprinkle with 1 tablesppon lime zest and pink sugar. Top each cupcake with a small lime wedge.

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strawberry surprise

strawberry surprise

when the cake is completed add fresh strawberry dipped in chocalate and white chocalate dipping and decarate the cake with the strawberries. Also add a fancy strawberry gell on the cake for decarations. the kids love it. plus they get a piece of fruit also.

Temp for Baking Cake

Temp for Baking Cake

I took a cake decorating class and was taught to drop the oven temp down to about 265 F (I was actually taught 130C, I live in Australia and we are metric) and bake the cake or cupcakes a bit longer testing til done for a much moister cake. Also I made the French Vanilla Cake mix and instead of using water I used milk and I added an extra egg. I had rave reviews from all. No could believe it was a "box: cake.

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