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Wizard Cupcakes

Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting and Rock Candy Crystal with a surprise center

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Directions:

Cupcakes:

1/2 Box Chocolate Cake Mix

1/2 Box White Cake Mix

4 Eggs

1 Cup Water

1/4 Cup and 1/6 Cup Olive Oil

Frosting:

1 Cup Whipping Cream (1 pint)

1/2 Tsp Almond or Vanilla Extract

1/4 Tsp Sugar

Centers:

The centers of the cupcakes are a surprise- each one has a different center, but are unmarked, so you don’t know which one you’re getting until you eat it. 

Gummy Worms (for Radagast, think worms and dirt)

Pop Rocks in flavor of choice (for Gandalf, in tribute to his fireworks)

Hot Tamales Candy, Red Hots or Atomic Fireballs (for Saurman, the fires of Isengard will burn)

Rock Candy Crystals:

See the Rock Candy Gems and Crystals for Dwarves and Wizards Cupcakes post

Note: if you don’t want to deal with half boxes of cake mix lying around, or measuring half-amounts, you can make a double batch (total of about 4 dozen cupcakes), instead.  If going this route, the measurements are as follows:

1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix

1 Box White Cake Mix

6 Eggs

2 Cups Water

1/3 and 1/2 Cups Olive Oil

You’ll probably also need 2 Cups Whipping Cream (1 pint)

Directions:

Cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350.  Prepare muffin tins and set aside. 

In one bowl, mix together the white cake mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup water and 1/6 cup oil (use your 1/3 measuring cup and fill it half-full for easy measuring) until well blended.

In a second bowl, mix together the chocolate cake mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cups oil until well blended. 

If Doing the Double Batch/Whole Box Way:

Preheat oven to 350.  Prepare muffin tins and set aside. 

In one bowl, mix together the white cake mix, 3 eggs, 1 cup water and 1/3 cup oil until well blended.

In a second bowl, mix together the chocolate cake mix, 3 eggs, 1 cup water and ½ cups oil until well blended. 

Place 2 Tbs chocolate batter into the cupcake liners.  Place 2 Tbs white batter on top.  Top with about 1 Tbs – 1 ½ Tbs chocolate on top of that.  Using a toothpick or a skewer (or a small knife works well too), gently swirl the batters together, being careful to not overmix and retain the swirled effect.  Draw up from the bottom and drive down the top to incorporate each batter into each other. 

You can alternate starting with the chocolate and white batters if you want a true mix of balances between the light and dark.  I would especially recommend this is you do the double recipe version.

Bake for 18 – 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

Frosting:

Pour whipping cream, almond/vanilla extract and sugar into a bowl and beat on medium-high until stiff peaks form.  You can add more almond/vanilla if you want to ramp up the taste, or less to leave it more creamy.  Also note: almond extract is more potent than vanilla, so if you decide to use more, add slowly and taste test as you go.  It’s pretty easy to get an overwhelming almond flavor.  Which I personally like, but it can also take over the item you’re putting it in entirely. 

Rock Candy Crystals:

See the Rock Candy Gems and Crystals for Dwarves and Wizards Cupcakes post

Final Assembly:

Using a melon baller, a cupcake corer or a good old fashioned knife, remove a section of the center of the cupcake and place one of the three centers inside.  Top with the top piece of cupcake and frost generously.  Place a rock candy crystal to the center of each one.

 
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