Red Bull and Pop Rock Cupcakes

April 1, 2010

Redbull Cupcakes

VICTORY IS MINE!!!!

I’ve been fixated on creating a Red Bull cupcake featuring pop rocks for 3 months. The mad-hatter plan was to mix my unhealthy obsession with energy drinks with popping candy a la Heston Blumenthal’s “ejaculating cake”, into a glorious cupcake form.

Attempt One and Two were both less than awesome. The big problems were the density, texture, flavour and the pop-rocks going soggy. Ok, yeah, everything was a problem.

After posting my defeat on Twitter, bunches of suggestions flooded in.

  • Sweet_Libertine noted the composition of Red Bull might not be right for use in a butter cake,
  • Tamzillaintokyo got me thinking about pop-rock chemistry. After all, how did Cadbury manage to get popping candy into their chocolate bars? And how did Heston get pop-rocks into the biscuit base of his cake? Tracking down the recipe on Chubby Hubby (love the name, BTW) revealed the common denominator. Pop rocks seem to retain their popping awesomeness when protected by a layer of fat.
  • And when Christy at Five Types of Sugar mentioned she’d used Moscato successfully in cupcakes before, the light-bulb went off.

I knew there were scone recipes which used lemonade to create their fluffiness. Surely it’s been done successfully in cakes. Making Google my biatch, I went on a recipe scavenge.

I encountered the tragic diet cola cupcakes in my travels, which involve tipping a can of Diet Coke into a packet mix in the name of low calorie treats. Gross, gross and gross! Although Nigella Lawson does a mean Chocolate-Cola cake so I believe.

My despair was soon replaced with joy when I stumbled onto these Root Beer cupcakes. Resembling the chemistry of a Red Velvet cake, this recipe filled me with much hope and gladness. Bonus: this recipe is egg and dairy free!

I amicably parted ways with the tart-tasting Red Bull and brought in a sweet can of Mother.

Then I raided the confectionary aisle and got me some Cadbury chocolate popping candy….

… and got to task changing the recipe. The plan was to bake Mother into the cakes, with a topping of grated pop-rock chocolate stuck on with a little sugar syrup.

And bloody hell, it worked!!!! WE DID IT!!! These cupcake rose beautifully and were light and fluffy. The flavour is much like a sticky-blueberry muffin. I’d even be happy to leave off the topping and eat these plain, or maybe with a warm citrus syrup, as they’re quite sweet as you could imagine :)

Red Bull, erm, “Mother” cupcakes, with Chocolate Popping Candy Topping

A Cake Mistress original

YOU WILL NEED

1 cup “Mother” energy drink
3/4 cup Caster Sugar
1/2 teaspoon White Wine Vinegar
1/3 cup Vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 3/4 cup Plain Flour
3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt

1 block of Cadbury Chocolate Popping Candy
2 teaspoons White sugar
1 teaspoon boiling water

Makes 12 cupcakes

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 180c. Line a 12-pan muffin tray.
  2. Pour the energy drink and vinegar into a medium size bowl. Pour in the sugar and oil, whisking together until frothy.
  3. Add the vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Sift the flour into the mixture in three additions, being careful not to overmix each time.
  5. Fill each muffin pan 3/4 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until they turn a light golden brown and the tops spring back when touched. Leave on a wire rack to cool.
  6. Meanwhile, grate or chop 80g of the chocolate popping candy.
  7. In a small bowl, mix the sugar with the boiling water until the sugar fully dissolves.
  8. When the cupcakes are cool, brush the tops with a little sugar-syrup and generously sprinkle the tops with the grated chocolate. Don’t be afraid to use force to jam as much chocolate on top as humanly possible :)

EDIT:

I did a bit more research on pop-rock chemistry (which isn’t a chemical reaction after all). Given how the popping sensation is created, finely grating the pop-rocks will make them less effective. My serving suggestion is to top the cupcakes with a little sugar syrup to make them sticky, keep aside a few packets of popping candy and then sprinkle the pop rocks over the tops of each cupcake only when you are ready to serve them.

xx Cake Mistress

  • Tamz

    Holy pop rocks Batman! I actually helped? lol wow

    Those.. are.. awesome..!!! Shall be baking them soon. You are the Queen of Cupcakes now. So when are you opening a cupcake business? :D

  • Tamz

    Holy pop rocks Batman! I actually helped? lol wow

    Those.. are.. awesome..!!! Shall be baking them soon. You are the Queen of Cupcakes now. So when are you opening a cupcake business? :D

  • http://www.cupcakerecipebook.com.au/ Judy

    Wow, Emma, this recipe sounds amazing! I’m looking forward to trying it soon, maybe for my son’s 18th birthday celebrations. I think he and his mates would love the idea of a can of Mother baked into their cupcakes, and I know the popping candy topping will be a huge hit.

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  • http://www.cupcakerecipebook.com.au/ Judy

    Wow, Emma, this recipe sounds amazing! I’m looking forward to trying it soon, maybe for my son’s 18th birthday celebrations. I think he and his mates would love the idea of a can of Mother baked into their cupcakes, and I know the popping candy topping will be a huge hit.

  • http://www.dutyfreeliving.com Tresna

    So glad you finally cracked the recipe – watching the saga unfold on twitter made me smile! I admire your persistence!

  • http://www.dutyfreeliving.com Tresna

    So glad you finally cracked the recipe – watching the saga unfold on twitter made me smile! I admire your persistence!

  • http://www.bellyrumbles.blogspot.com Sara

    Emma, you did it and congrats!

    I think you should be called the kick ass cake mistress personally.

  • http://www.bellyrumbles.blogspot.com Sara

    Emma, you did it and congrats!

    I think you should be called the kick ass cake mistress personally.

  • http://www.notquitenigella.com Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Oh so much research but it looks like it was all worth it! They look amazingly good :D

  • http://www.notquitenigella.com Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Oh so much research but it looks like it was all worth it! They look amazingly good :D

  • http://www.phuocndelicious.com Phuoc’n Delicious

    YAY! The hard work has paid off. Bravo! They look so good. I’m happy for you that they have worked out :)

  • http://www.phuocndelicious.com Phuoc’n Delicious

    YAY! The hard work has paid off. Bravo! They look so good. I’m happy for you that they have worked out :)

  • http://ooh-look.blogspot.com Belle@OohLook

    Congratulations on getting over the line with this project. Those pop rock {mother} cakes are going off!

  • http://ooh-look.blogspot.com Belle@OohLook

    Congratulations on getting over the line with this project. Those pop rock {mother} cakes are going off!

  • http://www.marloperry.com Marlo Perry

    ooohhh they look yummy! Chocolate and energy drinks are my two vices, too.

    Must try these out.

  • http://www.marloperry.com Marlo Perry

    ooohhh they look yummy! Chocolate and energy drinks are my two vices, too.

    Must try these out.

  • http://holdthebeef.blogspot.com Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Woo!!! I knew you could do it! Well done, they look awesome!

  • http://holdthebeef.blogspot.com Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Woo!!! I knew you could do it! Well done, they look awesome!

  • http://whisk-kid.blogspot.com Kaitlin

    These are awesome! What an amazing idea!

    I’m glad you found a way to work it all out :D

  • http://whisk-kid.blogspot.com Kaitlin

    These are awesome! What an amazing idea!

    I’m glad you found a way to work it all out :D

  • http://www.eatshowandtell.com Linda@eatshowandtell

    omg lol this sounds like the most fun cake ever. I absolutely love red bull and mother too. I so want to give this cupcake a go. haha and who doesn’t love the novelty of pop rocks. What an awesome original idea. So glad it finally worked out for you.

  • http://www.eatshowandtell.com Linda@eatshowandtell

    omg lol this sounds like the most fun cake ever. I absolutely love red bull and mother too. I so want to give this cupcake a go. haha and who doesn’t love the novelty of pop rocks. What an awesome original idea. So glad it finally worked out for you.

  • http://bettysbites.blogspot.com betty

    oh man these will send me flying to the gym! :O)
    great invention well done!

  • http://bettysbites.blogspot.com betty

    oh man these will send me flying to the gym! :O)
    great invention well done!

  • http://thecakemistress.com Cake Mistress

    Thanks Betty, they’ll surely give you wings. Or a mega-sugar rush at the very least :)

  • http://thecakemistress.com Cake Mistress

    Thanks Betty, they’ll surely give you wings. Or a mega-sugar rush at the very least :)

  • http://diaryofascoutleader.blogspot.com Scotland

    sounds very interesting… but the recipe that you have listed doesn’t include the addition of the Mother or Red Bull!

  • http://diaryofascoutleader.blogspot.com Scotland

    sounds very interesting… but the recipe that you have listed doesn’t include the addition of the Mother or Red Bull!

  • http://thecakemistress.com Cake Mistress

    It’s up there my dear :)
    You need to add 1 cup or around 250ml of Energy Drink. I used “Mother”, as I found Red Bull a bit too sour in a previous attempt.

  • http://thecakemistress.com Cake Mistress

    It’s up there my dear :)
    You need to add 1 cup or around 250ml of Energy Drink. I used “Mother”, as I found Red Bull a bit too sour in a previous attempt.

  • Joey

    Like Scotland said, Mother is listed in the ingredients but where is it in the directions?

  • Joey

    Like Scotland said, Mother is listed in the ingredients but where is it in the directions?

  • Pileup

    I think what Scotland wanted to know was when you add in the mother because it doesn’t say in your recipe where you add it in. I looked at the root beer cupcake recipe and it said to mix the root beer and vinegar, I think, then add in the sugar and oil but I’m still uncertain as to when the mother is to be added to the mixture.

  • Pileup

    I think what Scotland wanted to know was when you add in the mother because it doesn’t say in your recipe where you add it in. I looked at the root beer cupcake recipe and it said to mix the root beer and vinegar, I think, then add in the sugar and oil but I’m still uncertain as to when the mother is to be added to the mixture.

  • http://thecakemistress.com Cake Mistress

    Oh, thanks Pileup! Now I understand the comments :)
    The Energy drink of choice goes in with the oil. Will amend the recipe method above to say so. Cheers.

  • http://thecakemistress.com Cake Mistress

    Oh, thanks Pileup! Now I understand the comments :)
    The Energy drink of choice goes in with the oil. Will amend the recipe method above to say so. Cheers.

  • http://imasugarjunkie.wordpress.com/ Sugar Junkie

    OK you are totally my new hero! I have been seeing quite a few failed red bull cupcake attempts around the blogosphere for ages and had been thinking “there has to be a way!!”

    Totally bookmarking these for later…

  • Carla

    The recipe doesn’t work!! i tried it and I could not get the energy drink, vinegar, oil and sugar frothy! It’s just liquid! I am sooo disappointed :(

  • Mel

    I have just made 2 batches of these and they are great!! I think they will be a hit at work. Thankyou so much

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  • stweffy

    Thank you for this clever recipe. I made these a gift for two friends of mine who also have an unhealthy obsession with both energy drinks and baking, and they loved them. I didn’t get time to make the pop rock topping, but the cupcakes were delightfully sweet and light on their own. I will definitely be making these again. Delicious!

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