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Mardi Gras Cupcakes



Sweet cinnamon and sour cream cupcakes colored purple, green and gold then topped with a yummy  cream cheese buttercream.
Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is just around the corner (when I post this) is in full swing. The partying actually started basically the day after New Years' and has stopped. The date changes from year to year but normally is held between February and March.
The first recorded Mardi Gras parade for New Orleans was held back in 1837. All across the Gulf Coast, stretching from Texas to Florida, celebrate Mardi Gras in some way.
If you were wondering why the colors of Mardi Gras is purple, green and gold, the colors have been connected since 1872. Purple means royalty, green means faith and gold means power.

Here are some more Mardi Gras recipes:
King Cake Bread
Mardi Gras Cookies
Bananas Foster

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Mardi Gras Cupcakes

Time
Prep: 10 to 15 minutes
Baking: 10 to 12 minutes
Cooling: 1 hour

Ingredients

Cupcakes
3 cups Unbleached All Purpose Flour
1 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
1 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
1/2 cup Buttermilk 
1 cup Sour Cream
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 tablespoon each Purple, Green and Gold (yellow) Gel Food Coloring, I used Wilton

Cream Cheese Buttercream
1 cup Unsalted Butter, softened 
8 ounces Cream Cheese, room temperature
4 to 5 cups Confectioners' Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Bean Paste
Pinch of Sea Salt
Purple, Green and Gold colored sugar, optional

1. For Buttercream: On high speed, cream together butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.  Add vanilla extract or paste. Lower the speed of your mixer and slowly add in confectioners' sugar. Scrap the sides in between each cup. Chill for 30 minutes.
2. For Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 325 degrees and prep cupcake pan with paper cups.
3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. On high speed, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add sour cream, mix until fully incorporated then add vanilla extract and cinnamon. Start with a cup of flour mixture then one egg until fully mixed.
4. Divide batter into thirds, about 1 1/2 cups each. Add to each seperate bowls and mix until fully incorporated. Spoon batter into cupcake papers and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean.
5. Cool cupcakes in the pan for 5 minutes then let cool on a wired rack until fully. Decorate with buttercream and colored sugar. Store in a cool place.
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Comments

  1. Do these cupcakes turn your teeth purple? My kids never shy away from purple mouthed cupcakes, but I might! haha. Looks super festive and fun though!

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  2. Those look so yummy and festive. I love the colors. My friend is from new Orleans and I bet she would love these.

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  3. These look so yummy! I always forget how fun it can be to use food coloring on baked goods. How festive!

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  4. These are such fun cupcakes! I always make something with my little cousins for lent, and I'll be making these with them this year! Thanks for the recipe. :)

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  5. Wow these are so creative and festive. Lovely!

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  6. These sound delicious! I've always liked the aesthetic of Mardi Gras, especially the masks. These definitely would fit right in with how festive they look. :)

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  7. Those look soooooo good!! The colors really pop too! Nice!

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  8. Cool! I never knew what the color stood for. They are so vibrant!

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  9. Wow..I had no clue Mardi Gras went back so far in New Orleans. 1837...that's wild! Love the festive cupcakes. They seem perfect for Mardi Gras

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  10. These Mardi Gras cupcakes look fantastic. Would love to have one

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  11. Mardi Gras season!! It’s so much fun here in Louisiana! Can’t wait to try this!

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  12. Nice.. Colorful and Looks delicious!!!

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  13. Yum!!!! Looks so good and delicious.

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  14. These cupcakes are so pretty to look at, and the flavors are very interesting! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  15. These sound yummy! I love a good cinnamon spice cake. Plus the festive colors are so bright and happy, perfect for a dreary winter day.

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  16. Is there anything better in life than a cupcake? I think not. These look delicious. I love the colours you chose too. Yum yum!

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  17. These look absolutely delicious! I love all of the colors!

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  18. These look so cute and just like Mardi Gras. I love the colors and textures.

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  19. These are so cute! I love cream cheese icing!

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  20. These cupcakes look heavenly and festive. Love the simple recipe. Gonna try it out soon.

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  21. Oh these are way too fun. Thank you for this step by step! Gotta try it.

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  22. Great recipe! Can't wait to visit Mardi Gras in New Orleans - definitely on my travel bucket list!

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  23. These look great! I love cream cheese frosting!!!

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  24. I'm not really into sweets all that much but this actually looks tasty and easy to make myself. I love reading about Mardi Gras and how other people celebrate holidays

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  25. I love Mardi Gras season. Definitely will enjoy some Mardi Gras foods before Wednesday

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  26. These look so delicious! We usually make King Cake for Mardi Gras, but we love the idea of Mardi Gras Cupcakes too.

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  27. Wow so creatively made for the festival! Can I have one :)

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  28. These are so creative! A celebration in a cupcake. Love the colours

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  29. Wow, I love how colorful these cupcakes are! YUM!

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  30. I love cupcakes, but bright colorful cupcakes are just so much more fun to eat. These look delicious.

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  31. These cupcakes look so fun and delicious, all the toppings and colors look incredible.

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  32. I love the colors, and they look so yummy! How many cupcakes do you get with this recipe?

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    1. You should be able to get about 18 standard cupcakes.

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  33. Sweet cinnamon cupcakes sound DELICIOUS! I love how vibrant and colourful you've baked them! fab photos!

    Vivian | LIVE IN LOVE
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  34. These cupcakes look absolutely decadent ! I had no idea what the colors meant but really enjoyed learning about it. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Oh wow these look good! so creative, cant wait to try this out!

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  36. So colorful and beautiful looking! Yet I wish to demolish it!! hehe I always love to know what colors resemble!

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  37. These are so festive and fun! You had me at the colorful sprinkles, but the colorful center is amazing! Can't wait to make these!

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  38. now u got me excited! loving the colors and looks delicious too! will try this weekend!

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  39. Ohh these are festive and look delicious.

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  40. looks yummy , will try the recipe, thanks

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  41. OMG, You made me want to eat cupcakes and anything sweet today. I love the mardigra color.

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  42. I would certainly love to make these. My girls will love them.

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  43. I never tried cupcakes with sour cream before, but the combination of cinnamon and cream cheese topping sounds yummy!

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  44. These cupcakes looks so delicious. I love the colours

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  45. I love the mixture of colors and the meanings for each color. I also like the mixture of flavors cinnamon, sour cream and cream cheese together. They look beautiful and yummy as well

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  46. These look so delicious! They are so colorful...almost too pretty to eat but I bet they are so yummy. You share the best recipes! Thanks!

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  47. These cupcakes look like little works of art. I'd love to prepare them for a party! :)

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