Super Bowl eats: Color your food with team spirit

February 1, 2013 

Wondering how to turn your Super Bowl food favorites into purple or scarlet creations? McCormick Kitchens offers a helpful color guide for making sure your party spread is victorious. Check out the recipes below to make cupcakes for Ravens and Niners fans.

Team Color Guide

Baltimore Purple and Black:

Purple Cake Mix: Add 35 drops Neon Purple Food Color + 20 drops Neon Blue Food Color to 1 package (15.25 to 18.5 oz.) white cake mix

Purple Frosting: Add ½ teaspoon Neon Purple Food Color + 25 drops Neon Blue Food Color to 1 can (16 oz.) frosting

Black Frosting: Add ½ teaspoon Black Food Color to 1 can (16 oz.) white frosting

Purple Beer: Add 5 drops Neon Purple Food Color + 3 drops Neon Blue Food Color to 12 oz. beer

Purple Soda: Add 10 drops Neon Purple Food Color + 1 drop Neon Blue Food Color to 12 oz. lemon-lime soda

San Francisco Scarlet and Gold:

Gold Cake Mix: Add 1 teaspoon Yellow Food Color to 1 package (15.25 oz. to 18.5 oz.) yellow cake mix

Scarlet Frosting: Add 1 ½ to 2 teaspoons Red Food Color to 1 can (16 oz.) chocolate frosting

Scarlet Beer: Add 20 drops Red Food Color + 1 drop Blue Food Color to 12 oz. beer

Scarlet Soda: Add 28 drops Red Food Color + 1 drop Blue Food Color to 12 oz. lemon-lime soda

Baltimore purple twist cupcakes

Makes 18 (1 cupcake) servings.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

1 package (15.25 to 16.5 ounces) white cake mix

35 drops Purple McCormick Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye

20 drops Blue McCormick Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye

2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract

Purple Twist Frosting:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract

4 cups confectioners’ sugar (1 pound)

2 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon Purple McCormick Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye

15 drops Blue McCormick Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye

1/2 teaspoon McCormick Black Food Color

1. Prepare cake mix as directed on package, adding food colors and vanilla. Spoon into paper-lined muffin pan.

2. Bake as directed on package for cupcakes. Cool cupcakes on wire rack.

3. For the Purple Twist Frosting, beat butter and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating well after each addition and scraping sides and bottom of bowl frequently. Add milk; beat until light and fluffy. (If frosting is too thick to spread, gradually beat in additional milk.)

4. Divide frosting in half into 2 bowls. Stir in purple and blue food colors into 1 bowl. Stir black food color into second bowl. Fit a pastry bag with a large star tip. Fill bag with both colors of frosting, placing them side by side in bag. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes. Tips

Test Kitchen Tips:

For easier measurement, 1/4 teaspoon Food Color = 20 to 25 drops

To use canned white frosting, stir 1 teaspoon of the vanilla and 30 drops Purple and 10 drops Blue McCormick® Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye into 1 container (16 ounces) frosting. Stir 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Black Food Color into second container frosting. Continue as directed.

If a pastry bag is unavailable, place 1 tablespoon of each color frosting on each cupcake. Spread and swirl frosting with small knife or spatula.

San Francisco Gold Rush Cupcakes

Makes 18 (1-cupcake) servings.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

1 package (15.25 to 16.5 ounces) yellow cake mix

1 teaspoon McCormick Yellow Food Color

1 container (16 ounces) chocolate frosting

1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Red Food Color

Yellow sugar crystals or sprinkles

1. Prepare cake mix as directed on package, adding yellow food color. Spoon into muffin pan lined with gold foil liners.

2. Bake as directed on package for cupcakes. Cool cupcakes on wire rack.

3. Mix frosting and red food color until well blended. Add additional drops of food color until frosting is desired color. Frost cooled cupcakes with frosting. Garnish with sugar crystals or sprinkles.

Baltimore Purple Beer

Makes 1 serving.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

5 drops Purple McCormick Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye

3 drops Blue McCormick Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye

1 can (12 ounces) light colored beer

Gently stir food colors into beer. Serve immediately.

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