Sunday was my husbands birthday and every year I try to come up with some sort of cake that relates to something he enjoys. I debated this last week… what to do, what to do? I even asked the kids for input. My nine-year old didn’t care and this is how the conversation with the 5 & 6-year-old went.
Me: What kind of cake or cupcakes should we make daddy?
Excited 5-year-old daughter: Oh! I know! (bouncing up and down)
5-year-old: This is so exciting! We should (dramatic pause) make him a boy cake!
Me: Ummmm??? (look of confusion)
6-year-old: Of course we’ll make a boy cake! He is a boy… right Mom?
Me: (shaking head in defeat)
They did eventually suggest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but I let them know that was more their thing than Daddy’s. It finally hit me what to do last-minute on Sunday afternoon. He is a major World War II history buff, especially when it comes to strategy and tanks. He will read books, listen to podcasts, watch TV shows/movies/documentaries and play board games all about this very subject. My oldest son used to enjoy talking about this with him when he was younger but none of the other kids have had an interest. None that is, until our one and only little girl at the ripe old age of five decided that this was fascinating. She now knows that daddy’s favorite tank is the Panzer and the two of them have this little thing they do. One of them will yell, Achtung! (which means attention) and the other will yell back, Panzer! This can last for like 10 minutes. (Insert me rolling my eyes and shaking my head.) My husband is all smiles because he has a new little WWII history buddy and she giggles because it’s a fun thing to do with daddy and this my friends is how a grown man ends up with camouflage cupcakes for his birthday.
- 1 white cake batter prepared per directions (I used my recipe)
- 1 batch of vanilla buttercream ( I used my recipe)
- 2 different shades of mossy/leafy green food coloring gel
- 1 brown food coloring gel
- Preheat oven as directed and line cupcake pan with white paper liners that will show colors or with camouflage cupcake liners.
- Separate the cake batter into four bowls, evenly. Tint two of the bowls different shades of green. Tint the other two bowls using the brown. One of the bowls will get just a small amount of color to turn it beige. The other one will get more brown color to turn it tan. Add a teaspoon of each color to the cupcake liners. Just drop the colors in, Do not evenly layer or swirl the colors because you want them to be all over just like camouflage. Bake the cupcakes as directed and then cool.
- While the cupcakes are cooling prepare the frosting. Fit your pastry bag with the tip that you want to use and taking a coffee stirrer streak vertical lines of green and brown food coloring in the bag. Then add the frosting and pipe onto the cupcakes. The food coloring along the sides of the bag will cause the frosting to be piped out in the camouflage colors.
- Top with plastic toy soldiers, tanks or any other military themed items.
Things to note:
- The white cake recipe I used can be found here and the frosting recipe here minus the vanilla bean.
- The streaked food coloring will lighten as you pipe more so you may want to pipe it in smaller batches adding more coloring each time or do what I did and let it lighten so that you had dark and light camouflage.
- The tanks were actually candles I found at Party City and the toy soldiers I found in two different colors at the dollar store. The lighter frosted ones got one color and the darker frosted ones got the other color.
These cupcakes would be perfect for a boy’s birthday party, a soldiers return or any war history buffs you may know.
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