How to Make Raccoon Cupcakes and Why Raccoons Are Such Interesting Creatures
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If you’re looking for a fun and interesting baking project, why not try making raccoon cupcakes? Raccoons are such unique creatures, and there are lots of ways to make adorable raccoon-themed cupcakes.
Today we’ll show you how to make these delicious treats, and we’ll also take a closer look at why raccoons are so fascinating. So if you’re ready to have some fun in the kitchen, read on and learn about our raccoon cupcakes!
What are raccoons?
Raccoons are mammals that are native to North America. They’re easily recognizable thanks to their distinctive markings – they have a black “mask” around their eyes, and their fur is typically a mixture of black, brown, and white. Raccoons are very adaptable creatures, and they can be found in a variety of habitats including forests, marshes, and even urban areas.
Raccoons are interesting animals for a variety of reasons. They’re incredibly resourceful and are known for being able to find food in even the most unlikely places. They’re also very intelligent and have been known to solve complex puzzles. Raccoons are playful creatures and enjoy playing games and interacting with their human companions.
We love to go camping and have run into them a few times to the point where we are amazed by them. When we were camping in Indiana we came across a group that seemed like a well-oiled militia. I swear the leader was chittering instructions to the others as they worked their way through the campgrounds at night.
It amazes me how they know enough to be able to open a cooler, and even wash their hands (along with your soon-to-be stolen food) in the ice water inside that same cooler.
We certainly learned not to leave the dog food bowl out overnight – oops!
Are there really seven different species of raccoons?
Yes, there are seven different species of raccoons. The most common is the northern raccoon, which is found in North America and Canada. Other raccoon species include the crab-eating raccoon (which is found in South America), the ringtail (a small cat-like creature that is found in North America and Mexico), and the Cozumel raccoon (a small raccoon that is found only on the island of Cozumel off the coast of Mexico).
Do raccoons make good pets?
No, raccoons are not typically recommended as pets. They can be difficult to tame and may become aggressive if they’re not properly socialized. Raccoons also require a lot of care and attention, and they can be messy creatures.
Do raccoons get along well with cats?
There is an old wives’ tale that they are mortal enemies. It really depends on the individual raccoon and the cat. Some raccoons will get along well with cats, while others may be aggressive towards them.
How do I make these adorable cupcakes?
The chocolate cupcake base can be made from either a boxed mix or the following recipe:
You will need:
- 2 C sugar
- 1 3/4 C flour
- 3/4 C cocoa
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs, room temp
- 1 C whole milk, room temp
- 1/2 C canola oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 C boiling water
How to make Chocolate Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
Whisk the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl.
Combine the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla in a bowl. Add this to the dry ingredients beating on medium until the batter is smooth.
Gradually add the boiling water, milk, and oil and blend together until the batter is smooth.
Using a medium scoop fill the paper-lined cupcake tins with the prepared batter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to slightly cool before transferring to wire racks.
Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix and add 2 teaspoons pure peppermint extract.
How do you store Raccoon Cupcakes?
Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.
Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.
How to Make Raccoon Cupcakes
I am going to show you how to make them from a boxed cake mix, but also talk about how to use the recipe above for the base of this Racoon Cupcakes Recipe.
What you need for Raccoon Cupcakes :
- A box of chocolate cake box mix along with all the items the box asks for on the back; usually eggs, oil, and water.
- Chocolate frosting in a piping bag
- White frosting in a piping bag
- Gray frosting in a piping bag with a star tip
- Sugar decorative eyes
Raccoon cupcake tutorial
Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.
Take your cake mix and add the ingredients it asks for. Fill your muffin tips cups 2/3 full of batter and bake per the box instructions.
Let them cool completely.
Frosting Your Raccoon Cupcakes
Place the piping bag into a large glass and fold the sides of the bag over the rim of the glass. Scoop the vanilla frosting into the piping bag. Bring the pastry bag edges up and twist them together to start decorating.
Add a 1 mm star tip to your gray bag.
If you don’t have a piping bag, try a plastic bag with the tip snipped off. Frost the cooled and filled cupcakes.
Use the chocolate frosting to make the “mask” shape as shown.
Use the gray frosting with the star tip to fill in the remaining areas as the fur.
Use white frosting to outline the mask.
Add the sugar decorative eyes on the mask, placing them where it makes sense.
Use the chocolate frosting to add a little nose to your critter
Your raccoon is complete!
Save money with this DIY – instead of buying them – at almost $3 each! A box of cake mix is only a buck!
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