We recently celebrated my son’s birthday. He has many interests, and one is a love of camouflage. My son wears camo clothing and gear such as backpacks, messenger bags, and water bottle holders. He even has a camo swim bag and swim suit. Due to this love, I really wanted to try my hand at camo cupcakes like I had seen on Pinterest. The ones I found used both a chocolate and white cake mix, and while they look great, I just didn’t want to have that much cake around (I didn’t need 48 cupcakes in the house!). While these are a little work, they turned out looking and tasting wonderful. They were a big hit with everyone, especially my son.
I used a white cake mix to start and divided the batter into four bowls. Then I added Wilton icing color to each: black, brown, copper and green (with a little brown to make it a deeper shade). Once the batter is ready, spoon ½ tablespoon of each color into the cupcake tin for all 24 cupcakes. I then finished off the batter by adding one tablespoon of one color to each cake tin. The result is that each cake is a little different and has four colors and appears in a camouflage pattern. I really liked the look.
For the frosting, I made three kinds of buttercream. I made vanilla and used green icing color. I also made peanut butter buttercream and chocolate buttercream. Each icing is spooned into its own icing bag, then I cut the end of the bag and inserted all three into one larger icing bag, making sure the ends met near the tip. I then piped the frosting by squeezing the icing bag as you normally do, but the result is a swirl of all three colors.
The camo cupcakes look amazing both in the frosting and in the cake. The combination of the peanut butter, vanilla and chocolate frosting with the vanilla cake was delicious. These are a wonderful option for a Toy Story Green Army Men party. They would also work well for themes such as camping, video games like Call of Duty, hunting, lumberjack or patriotic events celebrating our brave men and women of the military. You could also change up the colors to have blue camo or pink or whatever suits your event. I would love to see some of the results you come up with so please post in the comments. Enjoy!
Camo Cupcakes Recipe
- White cake mix
- Icing colors: black, brown, copper, green
- 1¼ cups confectioner's sugar
- ⅛ cup butter
- 1½ tbsp. milk, plus more as needed
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- green icing color
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp milk
- 2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1½ cups confectioners' sugar
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1½ tbsp milk, plus more, if needed
- ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- Prepare cake as directed on box.
- Divide batter evenly between four bowls, approximately 1 cup per bowl.
- Add one icing color to each bowl and mix until completely incorporate: black, brown, copper, green.
- Spoon ½ tablespoon of each color batter into the cupcake pan.
- Spoon an additional ½ tablespoon of one batter color into each cupcake.
- Bake as directed on box. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
- Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
- Add green icing color and mix until fully incorporated.
- Beat butter and peanut butter with electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla until blended. Add one tablespoon of milk at a time until smooth.
- Put the chocolate in the top pan of a double boiler set over but not touching simmering water in the bottom pan. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Let cool to room temperature.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, the milk, the vanilla and salt and beat on low speed until combined, about 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes, then reduce the speed to low. Add the chocolate and beat until combined, then increase the speed to medium and beat for 1 minute more.
- If the frosting is dry, add more milk, 1 tsp. at a time, until it is creamy but still holds peaks.
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