Today I’m sharing this post from sunny Florida! I specifically remember I read the whole Hunger Games series during my spring break here in Orlando last year. Most notable was Ryan teasing me for reading a young adult series and his inquiring comments after leaning over to get glimpses from my Kindle. We all know the book’s story-line is a little “out there”, but obviously you have to be amidst the plot to really appreciate all the craziness. Anyway, fast forward a few months and Ryan’s sleep depriving himself because he can’t put the books down! So needless to say, the Hunger Games is a fantastically addicting series and I had to join the pre-HG movie frenzy the only way I know how - with cupcakes!
I’ve been envisioning these cupcakes for awhile now, and I’m so thrilled with how they came out. The crushed up Oreos are supposed to represent coal from Katniss’s district, the fire frosting is obviously for the “girl on fire”, and I also incorporated a black lollipop-stick arrow and printed paper book logo as a topper. I think they’re as ferocious as the characters in the book but also kind of adorable. As I mentioned last week, I’ve been extremely busy recently, so I only made 4 of these, but they really weren’t hard to put together with a few tricks on hand. The fire frosting is made by loading a pastry bag with a large open-star tip and filling it with orange, yellow, and red frosting. Then you press on some crushed oreos around the edges, stick in a decorated black lollipop stick/arrow, and they’re ready for the Arena! Don’t you think Katniss and Peeta would love a silver balloon full of these??
I have my movie tickets already for Friday night and I can’t wait. If you’re counting down the days to the release like I am, you should definitely give these cupcakes a try. I’ve tried to make the instructions below as easy-to-follow as possible so don’t be intimidated, they’re really not as challenging as they may look!
Hunger Games Cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
12 cupcakes, your favorite recipe or boxed mix
20 Oreos, crushed into large pieces
12 Black lollipop sticks (I "painted" white ones with a food marker)
1 sheet black construction paper for the arrow heads
12 print-outs of the HG logo cut out into circles and hole punched (I just used one from here)
For the vanilla buttercream:
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp milk
- Bake the cupcakes according to your recipe or package instructions in black liners and allow to cool completely.
- Prepare the lollipop sticks and toppers while you're waiting for the cupcakes to cool. I painted my white lollipop sticks with an edible food marker and glued on black triangles for the arrowheads. For the logos, I printed them out, cut them along the edges, and punched 2 holes along the ends of the arrow the mockingjay is holding in the image. Then the lollipop sticks are slid through the hole and that's it!
- For the buttercream frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
- With the mixer on medium-low speed, add the sugar in 1/2 cup increments, beating until well incorporated.
- Add vanilla extract and milk and beat for 2 minutes.
- Divide the frosting evenly into 3 bowls and dye one orange, one red, and one yellow. I use Americolor gel colors and really love how easily they dye frosting such vibrant colors without using a whole bottle.
- Load a pastry bag with an open-star tip. Use a rubber spatula to pick up as much of the red frosting as possible, then stick the spatula far down the pastry bag, and spread the frosting along that side of the bag. Then use another spatula to load the orange frosting in the next third of the bag. Finally, add the yellow. When you look down into the pastry bag, it should look something like the image below.
- To create the flames, apply even pressure as you move the pastry bag from the cupcake up about half an inch, then release. Cover the top of each cupcake with flames.
- When the frosting is complete, stick Oreo pieces along the edges of each cupcake. I was able to just attach them by slightly sticking them to the frosting flames, but you could also spread a little extra frosting on the back of each piece to help them stick.
- Insert the decorated lollipop sticks at an angle into each cupcake.
And in the words of Effie Trinket, “Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!”