Sweet, adorable and easy to make, these Watermelon Cupcakes are the perfect sweet treat to bring to any summer get together.
Nothing embodies the word ‘picnic’ like watermelon does and these Watermelon Cupcakes are the perfect thing to bring to any spring gathering.
Besides, is there anything cuter in this world? I think not!
Now, as I mentioned in my Maple Bacon Cupcake post, I am a huge fan of boxed cake mixes when it comes to making cupcakes. I know, I know.. no one like to talk about it but boxed mixes do serve a purpose.. especially for those of us who are not (yet) the best bakers and who are also short on time. They are convenient and honestly put forth light, fluffy cupcakes if you tweak the recipe and help them along a bit.
When I was searching for ideas of what to bring to a springtime gathering, a variety of pictures of watermelon cupcakes immediately popped up on my screen and I knew they were perfect! Sweet, adorable and easy to make.
… and who doesn’t love a cupcake?…
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees or whatever the boxed cake mix calls for. Combine your batter as instructed but add in one extra egg, substitute the water for milk and use melted butter in place of the oil and double the amount of oil called for.
Add in the food coloring (go heavy, the color lightens as it cooks). Continue to follow the box instructions regarding mixing times and when you are done, stir in the mini-chocolate chips and then spoon the batter into the cupcake tins which have either been coated in non-stick spray or filled with cupcake liners.
Fill the tins 2/3 of the way full.
Bake as the box instructs and when done, remove from the oven and let sit 2 minutes before removing the cupcakes to a cooking rack.
Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
Once your cupcakes are cool, make your frosting. In a large bowl and using an electric mixer, whip your butter until creamy. Add in your powdered sugar, vanilla, cream and salt.
Mix to combine. Add in your green food coloring (and a bit of yellow too, if you have it) and then mix to combine. Spoon your frosting into a piping bag or a storage bag with the corner snipped off and frost your cupcakes.
Sprinkle with mini-chips to finish.
Then fight back the crowd of people who will be looking over your shoulder and asking ‘Are they done yet’…