My Blue Monster Sprinkle Surprise Cupcakes went over so well last week, that both the Big One and my Monkey were asking for “More Cupcakes!” In fact, the Big One told me that I should bake a lot more. As we are frantically gearing up for the Halloween season, I decided to make some ghostly and festive treats for the boys. However, honestly, this Orange Marshmallow Cupcake recipe didn’t yeild very fiendish or scary monsters, but they sure were tasty. I suppose that is just as well as the Monkey has just started worrying a lot about monsters and ghosts. As with my other cupcake recipe, I used a basic cake mix with the extra ingredients of Fanta Orange and accented with Oreo Cookies to make the final Orange Marshmallow Cupcake recipe frightfully tasty!
Remember that it’s so easy to get creative with your standard cake mix. They allow you with some much room to play and make something different and delicious!
Ingredients for Fanta Orange Cupcake
- 1 Yellow Cake Mix (I had one with pudding in the ingredients, but I would actually recommend that you do not use one with pudding, I’ll explain why below.)
- 3 Large Eggs
- 1 Cup Fanta Orange
- 1 Stick unsalted Butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
You follow the directions for making the cupcakes, just like you would for any “box cake” recipe. Be sure not to over mix! This cake is very light, and the weight of the cake mix with the pudding added seems to make the cupcakes “deflate” a little. I think the fizzy of the Fanta combined with the pudding-mix causes this. Do not overbake– you can see what my cupcakes looked like after 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven. The orange soda seems to make the cupcakes lighter and cook faster than a regular cupcake. Pay attention while you are baking your first batch!
Ingredients for the Orange Marshmallow Cupcake Frosting
I adapted this recipe from the Cake Mix Doctor cookbook for regular Marshmallow Frosting. The Orange Soda adds just the right amount of tang and flavoring to the frosting!
- 1 and a half cups of Marshmallow Fluff
- 5 Tbsp Confectioner’s Sugar
- 3 Tbsp Fanta Orange Soda
- 2 Egg Whites
- 1 Tbsp powered Orange Food Color
Mix the sugar, orange soda and egg whites in a small saucepan, and blend with your mixer over low heat on the range. Mix everything until you have pale orange soft peaks. Then pour the mixture over marshmallow fluff and food coloring that you have placed in a separate bowl. Mix thoroughly for 3-5 minutes until the mixture is light, airy and forms soft peaks. (If you don’t add the food coloring, the frosting will be much paler, with only the lightest hint of orange in it. Obviously, you can add a lot more to make it brighter, or add another festive color to change things up. I used powdered coloring because I didn’t want to water down the frosting anymore than I had to.)
You need to frost the cupcakes immediately after making this frosting. It doesn’t last as well, so make sure that you make it AFTER the cupcakes have cooled. Spread the frosting on top of the cupcakes, and then add Wilton’s candied eyes and the mini Oreo cookies for the mouth and you have a pale orange ghost. (Although the Oreo might also look like a nose depending on how one sees the image.)
While, I love the fun and flavor of the orange soda, remember that you could skip the orange soda in the frosting if you’d like a more traditional marshmallow icing.
If you try our this Orange Marshmallow Cupcake Recipe, let me know what you think!