These red cups are so realistic looking, you may mistake them for the real thing!
If you're heading out to a party this weekend, odds are you'll have a drink served in a red plastic cup. Those brightly colored cups are as commonplace at parties as small talk and gossip. They've even had a song written about them! I can't think of any other kitchenware that is as engrained in popular culture as the iconic red cup.
I personally plan to be walking around at a barbecue party this weekend holding one that's filled with a cold beverage. And as usual, I've been asked to bring dessert, so I thought it would be fun to show up with some red cups – but not the plastic kind, the edible chocolate cake-filled kind!
A few months ago I created some Beer Mug Cupcakes and I reworked that idea to create my red "cup cakes". Each looks pretty realistic from a distance – and they might even fool a few party guests who have chugged a few too many drinks from theirs!
Start by baking a batch of Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate Cupcakes. Once they're cool, pop them in the freezer for a while (they're easier to carve when frozen).
Remove the papers from the cupcakes. Cut the domed top off of half of them. Stack another cupcake on top of each. Use a knife to carve each of the two-stacked cupcakes into the shape of a plastic cup.
Create a template for the cupcake wrappers out of a paper cup. Use a cup that's just large enough to hold two cupcakes stacked on top of each other. Cut the paper cup along the seam, then remove the round bottom and trim as needed.
Roll the red modeling chocolate out to about 1/8-inch thickness. (If you prefer to make your own modeling chocolate, here is my tutorial on How to Make Modeling Chocolate.) Set the template on the modeling chocolate and cut out around it. Repeat, creating a total of 12 red cupcake wrappers.
Roll some white modeling chocolate into long thin logs and attach to the top edge of the cupcake wrappers (using water as glue) to create the white rim of the cups. If you'd like some white showing on the inside of your cups, you can add a 1/2-inch thick strip of white modeling chocolate just below the rim.
Whip up a bowl full of chocolate ganache flavored with your favorite stout beer.
Spread a thin layer of the chocolate stout ganache in between each of the double-stacked cupcakes.
Working with one cupcake wrapper at a time, spread a thin layer of ganache over the surface, leaving a small border around the edges.
Then carefully pick up the modeling chocolate cupcake wrapper and wrap it around a cupcake stack, keeping it in the shape of a cup. You need to be careful not to compress the wrapper too tightly around the cupcakes or you'll end up with lumpy cups. Be sure to brush some water along the seams and press them together, making sure the seams are well sealed. If you just can't get the seam to close, you can glue a piece of modeling chocolate to the inside of the cup using some water. Once you fill the cups, you wont even see the repair.
Now fill the cups with the rest of the chocolate ganache.
To top off the cupcakes, I made some beer-colored whipped topping. First, I colored the whipped topping using yellow, orange and brown coloring.
Then I melted the whipped topping so I could pour it into my cups. As you can see, the color really got darker once the whipped topping melted, so you may want to wait and add the coloring to the melted whipped topping so you get exactly the color you want.
Pour the whipped topping over the chocolate stout ganache so it looks like the red cups are filled with beer.
Set the beer-filled red cup cakes out at your party and go have some fun!
Beth happily spends her days creating fun food and handmade chocolate and enjoys sharing step-by-step tutorials with her readers on her blog Hungry Happenings. Be sure to check out her profile, to see all the other festive foods she's made for Tablespoon.com.