Living in a very rural area, my son has never experienced the joy, sorrow, and anxiety that is the Ice Cream Truck.
Honestly, if a man pulled up in a white truck that played jack-in-the-box music and tried to sell him a popsicle, my child would probably run away screaming “stranger danger”.
What can I say, the boy loves him some On the Safe Side DVD.
When I was a kid, we lived for the ice cream truck. My friends and I would hang around outside all day on pins and needles, just hoping for the chance to pay way too much for a popsicle.
The worst was when someone would start the Ice Cream Truck Rumor. Some brat would get it going around that he heard or saw the truck a few blocks up, and we’d all run inside frantically begging for change. We’d then run back outside and wait…….and wait…….and wait.
Those Ice Cream Truck Liars probably grew up to be adults that plant rumors in the media about giant asteroids headed for earth or the likelihood of us all being wiped out by the Swine Flu.
Balloon Boy’s dad? An Ice Cream Truck Liar, I’m sure.
The days the truck really DID come though, were the best.
Especially if I had the money for an ice cream from the top row, which, due to the expensive nature of the treats, was a rare occasion.
The top row was reserved for things like Choco Tacos, Klondike Bars, Drumsticks, Mickey Mouse Ice Cream (on the stick, with the chocolate ears….so awesome), and occasionally a green ice cream Ninja Turtle or that pink foot with the gumball in the big toe.
Why a kid would find a frozen pink foot on a stick to be appealing is beyond me, but it happened. It totally happened.
The middle row was for the less expensive but still cool treats. The Rainbow Sno Cone, Flintstone Push Pops, Bomb Pops. You could buy something from the middle row and still look respectable.
The bottom row though…..the bottom row was the kiss of death. All the bottom row consisted of was Twin Popsicles and nickel Laffy Taffy’s.
And let me tell you, breaking one of those double popsicles neatly in half is a skill I have yet to master.
More often than not, my purchases were from the middle row. And I usually chose the Bomb Pop. It looked cool, plus it had three different flavors.
The white lime layer was my favorite.
So when I was trying to come up with a cupcake flavor that said Summer to me, I knew I had to go with my childhood favorite.
And guess what? It’s awesome.
To create the flavor, I made lemon/lime cupcakes by modifying my favorite cake mix recipe. I then poked holes in the cupcakes and poured a Raspberry Jell-O mixture over the top.
The frosting is layers of blue raspberry, lime, and cherry butter cream.
Want the recipe?
Here ya go:
Cupcake base (this is based on the recipe from Hello, Cupcake):
1 Box Lemon Cake Mix (I use Duncan Hines)
1 cup buttermilk
Amount of oil called for on box
1 Tablespoon lime juice
Preheat oven to 350. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, buttermilk, oil, and lime juice. Mix on low speed with an electric mixer for about 30 seconds or until well combined.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl and increase mixer speed to medium. Beat for 2 minutes.
Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter and bake for about 15 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched.
Remove from oven and let pans cool on wire racks.
Once cupcakes have cooled, remove from pans and poke holes in the tops with a wooden skewer.
In a medium bowl, stir together:
1 cup boiling water
1 (4 serving size) box Raspberry Jell-O
Carefully spoon Jell-O mixture over cupcakes, allowing it to soak into the holes.
3 sticks butter, softened to room temperature
5 tablespoons milk
6 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cherry extract
1 1/2 teaspoon raspberry extract
1 1/2 teaspoon lime extract or lime juice
blue gel food coloring
red gel food coloring
wooden popsicle sticks for garnish
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and milk on low speed until barely combined. Increase to medium speed and mix until well blended.
Add powdered sugar and beat on low speed until combined. Increase speed to medium and beat for about 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
Measure one cup of frosting into a bowl. Split the remaining frosting evenly into two other bowls.
Add the cherry extract and desired amount of red color to the bowl with only one cup of frosting. In another bowl, stir the lime juice into the frosting. In the other, add the raspberry extract and desired amount of blue color.
Pipe the blue raspberry frosting on the cupcakes, followed by the lime and cherry frosting. Insert a popsicle stick in the middle of the cupcakes.
**Depending on how high you want to pipe the frosting on your cupcakes, you may want to double the frosting recipe.
I hope that these cupcakes bring you many happy Summer memories!
**I am adding these to Hoosier Homemade’s Cupcake Tuesday and Cupcake Challenge. Head on over to check out all the awesome cupcakes and add one of your own!!