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Mardi Gras Cupcakes | French Vanilla Butter Rum

It is officially Mardi Gras Carnival Season , and Fat Tuesday – Mardi Gras – is just around the corner.  So I thought  Mardi Gras cupcakes were in order!

The King Cake might be the traditional sweet on Mardi Gras, but these fun cupcakes are decorated with traditional Mardi Gras colors: purple represents justice, green represents faith and gold represents power. French Vanilla Butter Rum Mardi Gras Cupcakes recipe at TidyMom.net

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The King Cake might be the traditional sweet on Mardi Gras, but these fun cupcakes are decorated with traditional Mardi Gras colors: purple represents justice, green represents faith and gold represents power.

French Vanilla Buttered Rum #MardiGras Cupcake recipe at TidyMom.net

LET’S MAKE MARDI GRAS CUPCAKES

French Vanilla Butter Rum Mardi Gras Cupcakes

French Vanilla Butter Rum Mardi Gras Cupcakes

Ingredients

    French Vanilla Butter Rum Cupcakes
  • 1 French Vanilla cake mix
  • 1 1.75oz (4 serving) instant French vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 4 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 C cold milk
  • 1/2 C melted butter (not margarine)
  • 1/2 C rum (I used Capt. Morgan which is a spiced rum)
  • Butter Rum Glaze
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 C water
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/2 C rum
  • Butter Cream Frosting
  • 1 cup real butter (not margarine) *room temperature
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered (confectioners) sugar
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • paste food coloring

Instructions

    French Vanilla Butter Rum Cupcakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Combine all ingredients and beat for 2 minutes. Pour into lined cupcake pans and bake for 22-24 mins. Cool slightly on a rack.
  2. *these would also be good with a toasted pecan in each cupcake (my family wont eat nuts, so I didn’t put them in mine)
  3. Butter Rum Glaze
  4. Melt butter in a saucepan and stir in the water and sugar. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and slowly stir in the rum.
  5. Let the glaze cool down a little.
  6. Dip the tops of the cooled cupcakes in the glaze.
  7. Butter Cream Frosting
  8. Thoroughly cream butter and shortening . Beat in the vanilla. Add sugar, one cup at a time until blended. When the sugar is completely beaten in and the sides of the bowl are scraped down, add the whipping cream, beating at the highest speed until super fluffy, about one minute.
  9. If you wish to add color to your frosting, like I did for these Mardi Gras colors, use the gel paste food coloring. It’s stronger and more vibrant.
  10. Pipe frosting on top of glazed cupcake then drizzle a little more glaze over the butter cream frosting and top with chunky sugar sprinkles.

Notes

**I have to be honest, piping 3 colors was NOT an easy task, only about 1/2 of my cupcakes came out looking good, the others were either missing a color, or the colors started to mix and looked gray or brown……if anyone has any tips on piping 3 colors I’d love to hear them!!

How did I do it?- I divided my frosting into 3 bowls and colored each. I then spooned a big scoop of each color into the bag, trying the best I could to get them side by side. I then squeezed the frosting into another bowl until all three color started to come out—then I piped onto the cupcakes, using my 1M tip.

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These were FAN-TAS-TIC!
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The King Cake might be the traditional sweet on Mardi Gras, but these fun cupcakes are decorated with traditional Mardi Gras colors: purple represents justice, green represents faith and gold represents power. French Vanilla Butter Rum Mardi Gras Cupcakes recipe at TidyMom.net

 

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

98 comments

  1. I love how you did the icing! Thanks for the instructions on how to do it.

  2. I love how you did the icing! Thanks for the instructions on how to do it.

  3. Made them, loved them, shared them with a friend (who was supposed to give one to his wife and kids) — he ate them all!

  4. Made them, loved them, shared them with a friend (who was supposed to give one to his wife and kids) — he ate them all!

  5. Oh MY! Those sound delicious, Cheryl! You are the Cupcake Queen!!!

  6. Oh MY! Those sound delicious, Cheryl! You are the Cupcake Queen!!!

  7. YUM! Those look gorgeous and SOUND delicious!!!

    I'm so sad that I never got a Flat Tidy Mom pic at Blissdom :0(

    LOVE your recipes!

  8. YUM! Those look gorgeous and SOUND delicious!!!

    I'm so sad that I never got a Flat Tidy Mom pic at Blissdom :0(

    LOVE your recipes!

  9. AS ALWAYS THEY LOOK YUMMYLICIOUS!!! A tip for piping colors is to paint the inside of your bag with the colors you are using. Just a stripe of paste food color from top to bottom of the bag.Hope I made myself clear.Not great at explainig myself.

  10. AS ALWAYS THEY LOOK YUMMYLICIOUS!!! A tip for piping colors is to paint the inside of your bag with the colors you are using. Just a stripe of paste food color from top to bottom of the bag.Hope I made myself clear.Not great at explainig myself.

  11. I made them for a friend's B-day this weekend and they were a HUGE hit! Thanks for the recipe! And the Buttercream frosting with only butter was perfect!

  12. I made them for a friend's B-day this weekend and they were a HUGE hit! Thanks for the recipe! And the Buttercream frosting with only butter was perfect!

  13. I love your Mardi Gras cupcakes and the pictures are so wonderful. I made king cake cupcakes last year for our friends who moved to New Orleans. I wish I would have found your frosting idea then as I only went with one color.

  14. I love your Mardi Gras cupcakes and the pictures are so wonderful. I made king cake cupcakes last year for our friends who moved to New Orleans. I wish I would have found your frosting idea then as I only went with one color.

  15. I've heard that it's easier to pipe the different colors if you use an icing spatula to put the different colors in the bag. They stay separate a little more easily. I haven't tried it myself though. Now I have inspiration, though! 🙂

  16. I've heard that it's easier to pipe the different colors if you use an icing spatula to put the different colors in the bag. They stay separate a little more easily. I haven't tried it myself though. Now I have inspiration, though! 🙂

  17. Have you tried putting a line of the gel colors down the sides of the pastry bag? Then you just fill it with white buttercream and the three colors dye the icing as you ice the cupcakes? That might help keep them from mixing!

  18. Have you tried putting a line of the gel colors down the sides of the pastry bag? Then you just fill it with white buttercream and the three colors dye the icing as you ice the cupcakes? That might help keep them from mixing!

  19. Anonymous…..what a fantastic idea!! I can't wait to try it!! Thanks!

  20. Anonymous…..what a fantastic idea!! I can't wait to try it!! Thanks!

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  23. I would love if you link this to the French Obsession on Feb 1st ! WOW I love it !!
    Hugs
    Frenchy

  24. Fun and colorful idea for your cup cake frosting! I love Mardi Gras, I used to go everyday when it was in season when i lived in NO.

  25. Cheryl, I’d totally hide a plastic baby in one of these for a King-Cake experience! They’re adorable!

  26. Gorgeous! I love the swirled colors.

  27. These look great! I love mardi gras and the colors! You captured them perfectly!

  28. I am making these cupcakes right now. I am excited, they smell great. However, the mix is thicker than normal cake mix and is almost like a paste and I had to force it off the spoon. Is that normal??
    Thanks, Angela

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  30. Butter rum glaze? Never had it but I’m IN. Sounds amazing! I never knew what the Mardi Gras colors meant. Thanks for enlightening me!

  31. These look great!! Is there any substitute for the rum, though? I want to bring these in for a Mardis Gras party in my class and I don’t want to get in trouble for having alcohol in them. Would coffee work as a substitute?

  32. Those look SO perfect for Mardi Gras!

  33. Wow, what a fun and festive addition to any Mardi Gras celebration! I love how you added the Buttered Rum into the glaze for a punch of flavor and shine!

  34. You are in my Mardi Gras feature today

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  36. these are fabulous!!! come link….my followers love all things party! my linky is on Tuesdays, but it is still open 🙂

  37. ohgoodgolly…it would be tough to eat just one! This one is perfect for my sister’s upcoming birthday…many thanks for sharing your creative recipe.
    Arrived via TCB…cheers!

  38. Piping three colors of icing, I use disposable bags, put each color in their own bag, then carefully load them in a large pastry bag with the Wilton1M tip this works well with two colors, it’s a little tricky with three but it keeps the colors from mixing in the bag.

  39. Lovely cupcakes 😀
    I can’t help but notice that the sides of the cupcakes are pretty straight . Which pan did you use to achieve this ?

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  41. Cheryl–I had to PIN these on my board. These cookies and swirly colors looks fantastic. The photography is primo!

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  43. One of the tricks that I’ve seen for piping triple colors is to streak the inside of your piping bag with the gel coloring and then fill it with the vanilla buttercream. As you pipe, it will pick up the colors on the side of the bag. I haven’t tried it yet but it’s on my to do list!!

  44. How many cupcakes does this yield?

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