Golden Birthday Cupcakes

  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 24


box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
containers Betty Crocker™ Hershey's™ Special Dark™ frosting
tablespoon edible gold luster dust


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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350° F (325° F for dark or nonstick pans). Line 24 regular-size muffin cups with gold metallic paper baking cups. Make and bake cupcakes as directed on box. Cool cupcakes completely before frosting.
  • 2
    Transfer frosting to large decorating bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Let cupcakes stand uncovered until frosting is set, about 2 hours. Gently touch-test frosting with fingertip-the outside should be dry to the touch. If frosting is still wet and smears, allow additional drying time.
  • 3
    When frosting is set, load small soft-bristle dry artist's brush with gold luster dust. Gently brush over frosting portion of a cupcake until a gold sheen is achieved. Repeat with remaining cupcakes. A second coat of luster dust can be applied for intensified golden color.
  • 4
    Store cupcakes loosely covered with plastic wrap or in air-tight plastic cupcake-keeper.



Expert Tips

Edible gold luster dust is without flavor, and can be found at cake specialty shops and at most craft stores in the baking aisle. You can also easily find it online.

Luster dust shows up best against dark surfaces, so Hershey's™ Special Dark™ frosting is a perfect choice for this technique.

Use only soft-bristled artist's brushes. They help achieve an even gold coating without damaging the appearance of the piped frosting.

This technique can be used with silver luster dust for Silver Anniversary (25 years) treats.

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