Happy May Day!
Today isn’t just another day. It’s May Day! The first day of May reminds us of fresh blooms, warmer weather and cupcakes. You read that correctly … cupcakes! Top these little cakes with scrumptious buttercream frosting and you’ve got a hit on your hands.
May Day Cupcakes
- Boxed cake mix (I used classic yellow)
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup (2 sticks) Hiland Dairy Butter, softened
- 3 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 tablespoons Hiland Dairy Milk
- Green food coloring
- Chocolate candy pieces with a hard candy shell
- Twisted licorice, separated into long strands
Mix the cake batter as directed.
Pour batter into cupcake liners and bake according to directions.
In the meantime, mix powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and milk in a medium size bowl. Beat on low until ingredients are completely mixed. Add a few drops of food coloring and mix until blended.
After cupcakes have completely cooled, shave off the top to create a flat surface. Tip: Stop! Don’t discard the tops. Read my Diva’s Tip for a delicious idea for not wasting these!
Spread a flat layer of frosting on each cupcake. Decorate each top with chocolate-colored candies to create a flower. Insert strands of licorice in each cupcake to create a “basket” handle.
Instead of discarding the shaved off cupcake tops, make cupcake whoopie pies!
Simply spread some frosting on the inside of one top and sandwich it together with another one.
~The Dairy Diva