Pokémon Go has likely taken over your life, your backyard or your Facebook feed—and now it’s about to invade your kitchen.
To celebrate the country’s craze over the “augmented reality” mobile app, we created these Poké Ball Cupcakes that require very little effort so you can get back to the more important matter: actually playing the game.
You can use your favorite vanilla cupcake recipe, but store-bought cake mix will also do just fine. Just make sure you’re buying white cake, not yellow, so the bottom half of the ball stays as white as possible.
The key to getting the dessert to look like the Poké Ball is a cupcake divider. The thin piece of plastic (also know as Batter Babies, sold for $4.99) helps to keep the red and white batter completely separate. We created a simple stencil you can download here to use as a template to make your own at home. An empty milk carton works great for dividers you can re-use, or cut out the back of the cake box for disposable dividers.
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The sweet treats are perfect for a Poké-themed party—but regardless of occasion, make sure you share a cupcake or two or you might turn into a Jigglypuff. (Sorry, we had to.)
Pokémon Poké Ball Cupcakes
Makes: 24 cupcakes
1 box white cake mix
1 cup water
½ cup oil
4 drops red food-coloring gel
4 drops black food-coloring gel
1. Preheat oven to 350, and line 2 cupcake tins with paper liners. Combine cake mix, eggs, water and oil in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
2. Divide half the batter in another large bowl. Use red food-coloring gel to dye one bowl of batter red.
3. Place a cupcake divider or spatula in the middle of one cupcake liner. Add 2 tablespoons of white batter on one side of the liner. Add 2 tablespoons of red batter to the other side. Shimmy out the divider, cleaning up the line with a knife. Repeat with remaining cupcakes.
4. Bake for 15-19 minutes or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.
5. Meanwhile, use black food-coloring gel to dye your favorite chocolate frosting. Transfer frosting into a piping bag or large zip-top bag (cut off one corner to make a very small-size opening.)
6. Using a melon baller, scoop out a small hole in the middle of the cupcake where the red and white batter meet. Pipe a line of black frosting across the middle and fill hole with icing. Top with a white candy.