Welcome to the first lab experiment! Today’s flavor is focusing on creating a Jolly Rancher Flavored Cupcake. Specifically, a Blue Raspberry one. Did you know that there is no such thing as a blue raspberry? Excuse me while I go cry in the corner for a second.
Anyway, you’re probably thinking I’m going to dye white cake mix and crush Jolly Ranchers on top of blue icing and call in the day. Wrong!! This is The Cupcake Lab and I’m baking something out of the ordinary.
To be completely honest, I was extremely excited and nervous at the same time. Before I started shopping for ingredients, I searched for any existing recipes. And I couldn’t find one! Therefore, the best place to start was thinking of the cake portion.
Because I still can’t eat 12 or even 24 cupcakes by myself, I looked for a basic recipe to make 6 cupcakes again. Once I found a recipe, I was back at the drawing board thinking about how to flavor the actual cake. The first idea that popped in my head was Kool-Aid so I picked up the flavor “Mixed Berry” in the store.
For the icing, I didn’t want to do cream cheese or buttercream icing. Because the idea of blue raspberry and one of those icings didn’t sit well with me. I needed something that was going to hold its shape and still taste good. Then I remembered a recipe that used stabilized whipped cream which is heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and gelatin. And guess what I found in the store… Jolly Rancher Gelatin flavored blue raspberry!
Alright, let’s make a cupcake.
First, I followed the directions to make 6 cupcakes. Before adding water to the batter, I mixed a small amount of Kool-Aid, sugar, and lemon juice together. Poured it in and gave the batter a good mix! All of a sudden, I had a watery batter. No worries, I thought and added small amounts of cake mix until I got to a good consistency. The batter was a beautiful light blue and it tasted sweet-tart! I thought there could be a stronger “Mixed Berry” flavor, so I added another small amount of Kool-Aid before pouring the batter into cupcake liners.
Into the oven they go!
So far so good…
Next was making the icing with the gelatin. I opened the packet and it smelled a-ma-zing!! I mixed a very small amount of gelatin with a touch of water then I microwaved it for about ten seconds. Once it cooled, I added it to my whipped cream that had soft peaks at this point. Then I whipped the heavy cream with the gelatin and powdered sugar until stiff peaks had formed. I also added some blue food coloring to the whipped cream then piped it onto the cupcakes.
Now for the taste test!
The whipped cream by itself tasted delicious. The blue raspberry flavor wasn’t as strong as I wanted but I could tell it was there. The cupcake was moist; however. the flavor didn’t turn out how I thought it would. It was incredibly sour, and I couldn’t tell what the flavor was even though I know I put “Mixed Berry” into the batter. Very misleading for some beautiful cupcakes.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t slightly disappointed. But I knew when I decided to do The Cupcake Lab, there was going to be success and failure. Now I know what not to do! You’re probably wondering where the recipe is, but there isn’t one. This was an experiment, and I would keep testing the recipe until it was close to perfect.
Well, I hope you enjoyed reading this experiment. Let me know if you want me to keep testing this recipe or try my hand at other Jolly Rancher Flavors. You can always request cupcake flavors here!
Nonetheless, I had fun messing up the kitchen. Now, excuse me while I go clean up!