Jan 30, 2012 >> We’re making custom cupcakes for our favorite Queens for Season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race
We have something to admit. We’re RuPaul’s Drag Race fanatics. And with Season 4 just around the corner—as in: Tonight!—we turned to one of the sassiest pastry chefs in Chicago to help sweeten our viewing party for the Season 4 premier. Alekka Sweeney of Give Me Some Sugar picked out her favorite Queens and immortalized them (at least until the last bite!) by spicing up classic cupcakes. See Alekka’s Drag Cupcake creations below and follow her simple directions to create your own Queen Cakes.
JIGGLY CALIENTE >>
Start with Chocolate Cake Mix (Alekka suggests the Ghirardelli brand). Add 1 teaspoon of cayenne or chipolte pepper to batter. Fill cupcake pans with 1/4 cup of batter then sprinkle Ghirardelli dark chocolate chip on top of the batter. Fill with another 1/4 cup of batter. Bake and decorate with black frosting in a piping bag with a #2 piping tip. The goal: capture Jiggly’s fabulous ‘fro. Garnish with edible white and silver sprinkles.
MADAME LAQUEER >>
Start with Vanilla Cake Mix. Before baking, put 1/4 cup of dried mango strips in a bowl with 1/2 cup light rum—Madame LaQueer is from Puerto Rico, afterall. Let infuse for 30 minutes. Strain the mangoes and cut into small cubes. After making mix, fold the mangoes into the cupcake batter and bake.
For the face: Roll out white fondant to 1/4 inch thickness. Using a cookie cutter, cut out circle to fit the top of the cupcake (we chose an exotic flower shape!). Take some edible Foodwriter pens and draw a face on the fondant circle. Color a small amount of white fondant with pink gel color and cut out a mouth shape. Highlight the features with pink, peach and silver “disco” dust. Trace the outside of the cupcake with black icing placed in a piping bag with a #2 piping tip.
Use a box red velvet cake mix too make cupcakes
For the heel: Color white fondant with a light pink gel based color. Sculpt the fondant to look like a stiletto heel. Roll the shoe in edible pink glitter. Paint the inside of shoe with silver dust. Place a edible white dragee bead on the tip of the shoe using buttercream as glue—gotta have some bling for Milan’s kicks.
LASHAUWN BEYOND >>
Start with Vanilla Cake Mix. Add 2 teaspoons of Rose Flower water to the batter before baking.
For the rose garnish: Using a rose piping tip pipe the pre-colored buttercream in top of the cupcake. Apply white and silver garnishes among the leaves of the rose. Lashauwn Beyond: Always a lady, just like a rose.