Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Lava Flow Cupcakes
We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon, so Hawaii is very near to our hearts. So it is no surprise that we are so thrilled with the Hawaiian theme for this year's Vacation Bible School! :) On Sunday night, we had a luau kickoff to start the week off right. I made Lava Flow cupcakes, fashioned after a drink offered everywhere in Hawaii (probably other places, too!) which is basically a pina colada topped with strawberry sauce. It is reminiscent of an erupting volcano, which is where the name Lava Flow comes from. I used the recipe for Pina Colada Cupcakes (I substituted pineapple juice for the rum, though!) from Gail Wagman's book Cupcakes Galore. I highly recommend this book! I made a pina colada buttercream frosting by simply creaming together a stick and a half of room-temp unsalted butter and two cups of powdered sugar, then adding a tablespoon each of coconut milk and pineapple juice. Yummy! I then made a quick strawberry sauce of strawberries, water, and a little sugar for the "lava". I found a great way to top the cakes with the sauce - I poked holes straight down the middle of the frosting with a straw to create a cavity for the sauce. I filled the hole with a straw full of sauce, then I let it overflow decoratively!
I hope you'll try these cupcakes, as they are very fun, yummy, and easy!