Pop Rocked Red Bull Cupcakes

19 Oct

This was an extremely fun recipe that made us feel like kids again. In fact who hasn’t tried pop-rocks as a kid? I’m sure some haven’t but it’s one of those candies that bring you back to your childhood.

Red bull is also something most people have tried. We understand that there are some people who don’t want anything to do with energy drinks and may even just want to stick with their coffees. This is understandable but if that’s the case then this recipe isn’t going to be for you.

I know it sounds kind of out there. But these cupcakes actually are very tasty. After looking around the internet for interesting ways to incorporate pop-rocks we stumbled upon Red Bull cupcakes. The thought occurred to add pop-rocks into the mix and with that in mind it was straight to the kitchen to start baking our red bull cupcakes.

What are pop-rocks? In case you haven’t had pop-rocks they are a carbonated candy with the ingredients including sugar, lactose (milk, sugar), corn syrup, and flavoring. It differs from typical hard candy in that it creates a fizzy reaction when it is eaten. Pop rocks are located just about anywhere from online to your local store. They are inexpensive and also a fun treat.

Pop-Rocks Red Bull Cupcakes
Serves: about 18
12 tablespoons of butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup whole milk
6 ounces Red Bull energy drink (sugar-free not recommended)
Red food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix butter and sugar in a bowl until fluffy. Add eggs, mix again.

Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl. Also if you haven’t already, measure out the milk and the Red Bull. (you can mix them into the same measuring cup, but this will look weird)

Mix everything together and add the red food coloring until you get the shade of red you like.

Spray pan before you fill your cupcake pan with batter. In this case it’s alright to fill them almost to the top. The batter isn’t going to expand a whole lot.

Bake for 20 minutes, then let cool.

Add frosting when everything is cooled down

White Frosting (Store bought)
Blue food coloring
2 Tropical Punch Pop-rocks packets

To make the frosting:
Add food coloring to the white frosting and open 2 tropical Punch Pop-rocks together.

Directions:5 stars
This recipe was pretty easy to follow. But it took a second batch to find out that it’s best to almost fill the cupcake batter all the way. Since the baking powder doesn’t quite expand a lot. Other than that everything was smooth sailing.

Taste: 5 stars
Although quite a bit of Red Bull was added to these cupcakes it’s hardly noticeable. Yeah you do taste some energy drink but you also have the added flavor of pop-rocks tropical punch. It is really sweet and has a berry punch taste.

Try again:5 stars
Well it was an interesting experience to try pop-rocks and red bull a completely different way. We would try to this again sometime in the future. But this is definitely not something we plan to try a whole lot of. It’s more of a once in a while kind of thing. However it’s great for parties.

Price:5 stars
This was relatively inexpensive. Most people who normally bake will be able to find that they already have most of the ingredients. So don’t let the list of ingredients intimidate you from at least giving this recipe a try.


One Response to “Pop Rocked Red Bull Cupcakes”

  1. Katy Castillo October 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    Now that sounds interesting… I might give that a try at my next party. 😀

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