This summer, let the kids take the lead on July 4th dessert prep with an easy patriotic cupcake.
"Nothing's better than watching a young baker achieve success in the kitchen," Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro, who recently expanded his namesake line of cake mixes, frostings, bakeware and cooking accessories, tells Us Weekly.
Here, Valastro, whose Next Great Baker premieres on Tuesday, June 24, shares the recipe for a festive dessert so that kids, under the guidance of an adult, can take batter into their own hands this 4th of July.
Buddy Valastro's Rockin' Red, White and Bada Blue Cupcakes
1 box of Cake Boss Va Va Velvet Cake and Cupcake Mix
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 cup of water
2 tubs of Cake Boss Creme de la Cream Cheese Icing
1 bottle of Cake Boss Red, White and Blue Sprinkles
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare pans to keep from sticking by lightly coating the sides and bottom of pans with non-stick cooking spray or by using shortening and a flour dusting.
2. Combine cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, water and custard crème pouch in large bowl. Blend on low speed for 30 seconds or until evenly mixed, then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour batter equally into cupcake pans.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for the bake times indicated on the box mix. The cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Cool pans on wire rack for 15 minutes before removing the cake from the pans. Cool completely before icing.
4. Fill pastry bag with Cake Boss Creme de la Cream Cheese icing and insert tip into cupcakes to create filling. Frost the top of the cupcakes with same icing, and garnish with red, white and blue sprinkles for a patriotic cupcake!
Recipe from Baking with the Cake Boss. Copyright (c) 2011 by Discovery Communications. Published by Atria Books. Reprinted with permission.