Yesterday I threw a small dinner party for some friends who share a birthday. One friend requested chocolate cupcakes, so I complied:
I used a box cake mix because I have never been able to bake cupcakes that are just as good or better for as much or less work. It’s just a cost-benefit analysis, really. Box cake mix is pretty damn good. (Especially if you splash a little amaretto in there.)
But I insist on my own frosting. I mixed together a stick of butter and a block of cream cheese, plus plenty of powdered sugar, vanilla, and melted “white chocolate” chips. I tried to pipe the frosting out all pretty, but it’s harder than it looks. Ah, well.
I wanted to make another set of cupcakes for my other friend, though — not because he doesn’t like chocolate, but because the internet had, just last week, provided him with knowledge of these cupcakes. Since my friend is a well-known Mountain Dew hound, I just couldn’t resist. (And I wanted an excuse to buy Doritos, one of my guilty pleasures.)
The internet has been kind enough to supply endless photographs of these cupcakes, but a recipe has not turned up. I also didn’t want to make an entire batch, just in case they were truly terrible. So, I followed a basic yellow cake recipe, and halved it. I subbed some of the milk with Mountain Dew, and added lemon juice and lemon zest (plus a healthy dose of green and yellow gel food coloring). For the frosting, I stuck with the frosting for the chocolate cupcakes, but divvied it up before adding the white chocolate; instead, I added more Mountain Dew and food coloring. Then, of course, added crushed Doritos.
He seemed pretty pleased.
Overall, they weren’t bad! But probably not worth the Mountain Dew-iness; they were mostly just citrus cake and citrus frosting, made an eerie color. The Doritos? Well, the chip crumbs get soggy sitting in the frosting. But I got to eat the extra whole chips while I worked on them, so: worth it.