Olympic Ring Cupcakes with Olympic Torch Frosting

While I tend to be a bigger fan of the winter Olympics (thanks to my young days as a figure skater),  I still enjoy watching the summer events and, let’s be honest, I’ll use any excuse to celebrate (especially when celebrating includes cupcake!).

The idea for this started as cookies, turned cupcakes and accidentally got the “flame” part. I say accidentally, because my attempt at making home-made glitter failed with a capital “F”. In a rare stroke of genius, I realized that this accident actually worked in my favor to top of my rings with an edible “flame”.

To make these, I first whipped up a batch of plain vanilla cupcakes (I used a recipe from The Cupcake but this one is similar and if you’re short on time, use a box mix).

 Next, I divided the batter evenly into 5 different bowls. Each bowl got a different color of the ring- blue, black, red, green and yellow. For the dye, I used a mix of Wilton Cake Dye colors (these are very strong dyes so for most of the colors I used only the tiniest of drops,  but play around with it to achieve the color you want).

Line your cupcake pan with white cupcake lines (so the rings will show through). Then begin layering your batter- first blue, then black, followed by the red, yellow and lastly green.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool.

The next step is to make the “flames”. In a bowl, mix together 3 tablespoons of sugar along with a 1/4 of a teaspoon of yellow food coloring (for this color I used McCormick’s Food Coloring). Stir until the sugar is evenly colored, then spread it out on a foil lined baking sheet. When the cupcakes are done, place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool, then break apart into your “flame” pieces.

Meanwhile, prepare your frosting. Again, I used one from The Cupcakebut this is a good option or feel free to use store-bought. Use food coloring to dye your frosting either yellow or orange to achieve the “flame” look.

After everything has cooled, assemble the cupcakes by first frosting the cupcakes (you can use a star tip to pipe on the frosting or just spread it on with a knife) then inserting a couple of  “flame” pieces.