#86: New Year's Eve Confetti Cupcakes

In September, I started a cupcake adventure. If you haven't read about it yet, you can do so here. ***

Now that 1/4 of 2010 is behind us, it's a good time to remind you of the fun and excitement that came with ringing in a new year! What better way than with a batch of confetti cupcakes?!

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First...you get to take out some aggression on a bag of Jolly Ranchers. :)

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Aren't they pretty? All those little candy bits look like pirates' treasure! Jewels!

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Then...guess WHAT!...you cream together butter and sugar to start the base for your batter.

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Eggs and other such ingredients round things out.

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Then the pretty candy pieces are thrown into the mix.

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Sorta looks like a bowl of Fruity Pebbles that sat in milk too long, huh?

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The yellow (and red) papers complemented the confetti batter quite nicely.

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Next, sugar and egg whites are combined to form the icing.

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Once that mixture is a bit frothy...

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You use another pan to continue beating the eggs/sugar over boiling heat (definitely not for the faint of heart).

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Once that process is finished, the icing resembles fluffy divinity.

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Slap some of that sugary goodness on each cupcake and you'll have something that looks a little something like this:

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Naturally, you can't have "confetti" cupcakes without confetti sprinkles!

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Cute!

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The Jolly Rancher chunks melted in the oven and gave the whole cupcake an interesting fruity flavor. There were no hard bits left and since the color blended, there were no bright, concentrated bits like you might expect from those commercial "Funfetti" cake mixes.

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Overall, a fun way to ring in the new year (Or a new month. Or a birthday. Or for no particular reason at all.)