See pictures from the special here!
In this episode, we tackle two totally different cupcake projects from two totally different worlds -– going from extreme girly pink feather boas and beehive hairdos to military boots and camouflage in the span of 48 hours!
For our first project, we create a wild and crazy cupcake flamingo rocking oversized 1960s sunglasses and a beehive hairdo for the talent portion of a beauty pageant at Baltimore’s HonFest, a festival celebrating the working women of the 1960s! “Hon” is short for “honey” and a term of endearment for female friends, neighbors and relatives in Baltimore -– or as Hons call it, “Bawlmer”! This is the first beauty pageant that the two of us have ever entered, and we were determined to win! So, we break out our brightest blue eye shadow and put on our best 1960s outfits and even get mile-high beehive hairdos. You know what they say: “The higher the hair, the closer to God!” And naturally, we get into a fight about who looks like the best Hon. Do we win the beauty pageant? You’ll have to watch to find out!
Less than two days later, we have to present a giant, ONE TON cupcake tank in celebration of the U.S. Army’s birthday at a special ceremony at the Pentagon! For our research, we head up to Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Army’s oldest active proving ground where new military equipment is tested. There, we see some real tanks up close and in-person. We even throw on some camouflage military gear and go for a spin!
Back at the bakery and with Steve’s help, we start building our giant cupcake tank. However, we want this tank to be extra special, so we decide to make it have a functioning “cupcake cannon” that actually fires real cupcakes. Between figuring out how to make the perfect camouflage cupcakes to cover our tank, to working out the kinks in our cupcake cannon (and not to mention transporting our massive tank to the Pentagon in time for the ceremony!) we definitely push ourselves to the limit.
In celebration of this episode, and since Friday, June 14 is the U.S. Army’s birthday, we’re giving out 1 FREE cupcake to all active duty Military and Veterans as well as their families all day at each of our Georgetown Cupcake locations: Washington DC, Bethesda, New York City, Boston, and Los Angeles!Watch DC Cupcakes: Get Tanked to see all the chaos unfold! And, check out our recipe for Camouflage Cupcakes below!
Katherine & Sophie
Georgetown Cupcake Camouflage Cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, sifted
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder, sifted
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cup whole milk
2 ¼ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon each of brown, green, and, black food coloring
For the Army green buttercream frosting:
16 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon whole milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon green food coloring
1 teaspoon brown food coloring
For the cupcakes:
1. Preheat oven to 350F and line 2 cupcake pans with 12 paper baking cups each.
2. Sift together the flour and baking powder. Measure and set aside in bowl.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, approximately 3-5 minutes.
4. Add eggs one at a time, mixing slowly on low speed, after each addition.
5. Add vanilla to milk and set aside.
6. Reduce the speed to low. Add one-third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, then gradually add one-third of the milk mixture, beating until well incorporated. Add another one-third of the flour mixture, followed by one-third of the milk mixture. Stop to scrape down the bowl as needed. Add the remaining flour mixture, followed by the remaining milk mixture, and beat just until combined.
7. Divide batter equally into 3 smaller bowls. To each bowl, add 1 teaspoon of food coloring in the different colors, and mix with a spoon until the batter is uniformly colored so that you have brown, green, and black-colored batter.
8. Then, using a tablespoon, add layers of cupcake batter of different colors into the baking cups. It’s OK if your spoonfuls are uneven because this will result in a camouflage effect! Repeat until all baking cups are 2/3 of the way full.
9. Bake 15-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
10. Let cupcakes cool on wire rack for approximately 20 minutes.
For the frosting:
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix all ingredients until frosting is light and airy, approximately 3-5 minutes. Add more food coloring if you would like a darker green.
2. Place frosting in a piping bag fitted with a large round tip. Frost each cupcake with a signature swirl of Army green-tinted buttercream. Serve and enjoy!
Photo courtesy: Katherine & Sophie