ben's birthday booster bites

The adaptation of my cake mix cupcake recipe as follows:

1 box rainbow chip white cake mix (Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines)
3 eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted
approx 1 to 1.5 cups mixed berries
red food colour

In food processor, blend berries (I used strawberries, blackberries and raspberries) until smooth.  Pour into liquid measure and add enough water so total liquid measures 1 and 1/2 cups.

In stand mixer, blend cake mix, eggs, melted butter and berry/water mixture.  Mix on low speed for one minute and then at medium speed for approximately two minutes.  You may choose at this time to add a few drops of red food colour.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 - 17 minutes.  Cool completely before frosting with Strawberry Buttercream:

1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup Crisco (white vegetable shortening, not lard)
pinch of salt
4 cups of icing sugar
1 package of Strawberry Kool-Aid
2-3 tablespoons of heavy cream (whipping cream)

In stand mixer, completely blend butter, shortening and salt.  Add the icing sugar, one cup at a time, scraping bowl thoroughly between additions.  When all of the sugar is blended, add the package of Kool-Aid.  Blend well.  Gradually beat in the heavy cream (on a very high speed) until the mixture is light and fluffy.  

Those tiny little bite-sized cakes were packed with delicious, fruity goodness.  I think I'm onto something with the Kool-Aid in the frosting... yummy.


Rosa said...

Too cute and I'm sure yummy. But, what is booster juice???

Helena said...

They're too cute to eat!

sassy studio said...

hi saucy, those look delish! the sprout and i are starving here in the bahamas! seriously, the weather is great but the food lousy for a fancy resort. maybe we just miss yoda's place.....we can't wait to try those cupcakes......we are really drooling now! mc dreamy took us out for a wonderful birthday meal last night and we can't wait to get back and start planning the real day now! back late wed, will call u thursday!
xox sassy and sprout

Honey Bend Vintage said...

Well that was an excellent idea, they look yummy!!

Suzy said...

These look delish! I've never heard of that booster drink, but what a great idea. I was wondering how instant jello would do in place of koolaid.....just a thought.


MJ said...

i've never tried a Booster drink. I know. When I see a stand, I'm usually running past it with kids in tow. I'll be closer to one when I'm at work so should try one then!

Keep the cupcake recipes coming! Birthday season is hitting our house soon! I have my Wilton cupcake icing decorating thingees so might actually attempt something! If the results are ghastly icing, I might post them!

Aspergertopia said...

Yum! I never would have thought about kool-aid in the frosting. Good thinking Batman!

Tricia said...

I can't wait to try it, I will be making red velvet cupcakes today for my splurge party on tuesday, but now I am considering......! You are amazing!!!

Jenn said...

Awesome... just awesome! If it weren't Victoria Day with everything closed, I'd be heading out for the ingredients right this minute!

Thanks for another bright post :)


henzy said...

that sounds awesome.. i like the kool aid idea.

Trace Geworsky said...

OH MY!!! My mouth is watering.
Now if you come up with a recipe based on the original Orange Julius, then im in trouble:)
Trace G

SandraD said...

The mini cupcakes look and sound delicious. My husband is a huge fan of booster juice. Your post has given me the idea of making a batch of these for Father's Day!

Thanks for sharing your always inspiring ideas!

Angela said...

Booster Juice?

You are so creative when it comes to inventing new cake recipes. Could you give us a tutorial on it... like amounts of liquid, etc. to choose or specifics to think of if you want to create a new flavor cake frosting, etc. What are some flavors that you are thinking of trying?

Happy Birthday to your nephew!

Anonymous said...

I lurve the booster juice - gotta make some of these. You have turned me into a cupcake fanatic.

Cassandra said...

Don't know what a booster juice is, but I can only assume it is basically the same as Jamba Juice. These cupcakes look heavenly!! But could you point a girl toward your carrot cake recipe that you posted after being called out on your very own blog?? Thanks! :P

the treat girl said...

ooooohhh....llloovve the kool-aid idea!!!!!!!! Those bites are adorable!!!

Christine said...

MMMM! Booster Juice is so addicting!! I really don't know where you get these ideas from but they are fantastic. I wish I was as creative as you. The little bite sizes are so cute I don't know if I'd be able to eat them!

Christine Bruce

Amy said...

They look nummy! I have some strawberries in the fridge-maybe I should try.

Fancy This-Fancy That said...

Those mini-cupcakes are SO cute! What a wonderful idea!

Leica said...

Oh my goodness, you just sent my Jager into a whirl of sadness! HE now wants baby cupcakes,(of course I called him over to look at how cute they were)but I told him we can't make cupcakes till we finish the banana choc.chip ones I made. well of course now he hates those he said because they don't have icing! anyways, the kool aid thing, I always thought was funny, but I have a cousin that has a plethora of recipes she is always making that call for it, and I have to say they are ALWAYS the best at family gatherings.hmmm.....

Saucy said...

Yes peeps, Booster Juice = Jamba Juice. Same juice, different name.

Why don't I put that carrot cake recipe on Buddy's birthday post... {5:03} on April 25th and I will link to it in my sidebar. Thanks for reminding me, Cassandra!

alittlebitofscrap said...

LOVE THE PHOTOS! Looks like those cupcakes got their own little personal photo shoot... and so yummy looking, got drool on the laptop!