Mountain Dew Cupcakes

Tomorrow I, along with a bunch of other geeky Seattleites, will be sitting in a movie theater for 15 hours. Yes, we are crazy. We’ll be enjoying AMC’s Ultimate Marvel Marathon: a day of Marvel movies leading up to a 3D midnight showing of The Avengers.  If you know me, you know I have a habit of falling asleep in action movies, so I know I need to do something special to stay awake that whole time. Enter Mountain Dew Cupcakes. They’re delicious, they give me energy, and they will help me make friends in the theater. I’ve been given clearance to bring some cupcakes in with me, but if your theater won’t allow them, I recommend this: Bring a baggie of unfrosted mini cupcakes in your purse or coat along with a small container of frosting. But don’t tell them I told you that.

These cupcakes are super easy to make, tasty, and are a great treat for game and movie nights. Like the Marvel wrappers/toppers? You can get them at Williams-Sonoma.

Mountain Dew Cupcakes
  • 1 box classic yellow cake mix (Funfetti and Lemon cake mixes work as well)
  • 12 ounces Mountain Dew (plus some additional for glazing and frosting)
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 3 drops green food coloring
  • 3 drops yellow food coloring
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and prepare cupcake pans with wrappers
  2. Mix cake mix and 12 ounces of Mountain Dew in a bowl with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour mixture into cupcake pans, filling each ⅔ full.
  4. Bake according to the directions on the back of the box, or when a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  5. Using a pastry brush, "glaze" the tops of the hot cupcakes with Mountain Dew. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.
  6. Frost and enjoy!
  7. Mountain Dew Frosting
  8. In an electric mixer, whip butter until fluffy.
  9. Add in 4 cups of powdered sugar, Mountain Dew, and lemon/lime juices slowly as you mix Add more powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency.
  10. Add in food coloring, mix until color is even.

Delicious! Will you be seeing The Avengers this weekend?


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