I can't believe that summer is almost over! Summer is by far one of my favorite times of the year with vacation, great outdoor events and all things bright. As a fun way to bring summer to a close I though that these neon cupcakes would brighten your day. Earlier this summer I showed you how to color the batter to make some fun colored cupcakes, today I am going to show you how to make your cupcakes glow! I found this recipe is from Recipe Snobs.

To make this neon frosting you will need:
   - 7 cups confectioners' sugar
   - 1 cup vegetable shortening
   - 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
   - 5 tablespoons tonic water (diet works too)
   - neon food coloring
   - package of neon colored gelatin 
   - 1 cup boiling water
   - 1 cup chilled tonic water

1. Prepare cupcakes per cupcake instructions. Once cooked, set aside and allow to cool. 
2. To make frosting start by adding confectioners' sugar, shortening, vanilla and 3 tablespoons tonic water into a large bowl. 
3. With an electric mixer beat until smooth. 
4. Add the 2 remaining tablespoons tonic water and mix on high speed for about a minute to allow the frosting to become light and fluffy.
5. Add neon food coloring to frosting until it reaches the desired neon color.
6. Pipe colored frosting onto cooled cupcakes and place into freezer for at least half an hour to set frosting.
7. After letting the cupcakes freeze, make the glowing finish by combining the gelatin mix to 1 cup boiling water. 
8. Stir mixture for about 2 minutes then add the 1 cup of chilled tonic water. 
9. Transfer to a container and place the container into an ice bath, like pictured below left.
10. Gently stir gelatin for 5-10 minutes or until gelatin is cooled.
11. Once cooled, remove cupcakes from the freezer and dip the frosting into the gelatin.
12. Return the cupcakes to the freezer and let the gelatin set for about 1 minute.
13. Repeat steps 11 & 12 3-5 more times to get the best glowing results. 
14. Refrigerate cupcakes until you are ready to serve. To get the best glow place your neon creations under a black light and watch them glow!!

Are you going to try these neon creations? 



09/09/2012 6:33am

hi there, wow great cupcakes. *love* the neon color. can you please tell me what kind/brand of neon coloring you used? thanks Trish

09/10/2012 1:02pm

Hey Trish! I use the McCormick Neon! food coloring. I have found it in at the grocery store in Martin's and at Kroger, but I'm sure you can find it in any baking aisle too. It comes in a package with neon pink, blue, green and purple.


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