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Captain America Cupcakes

Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
Celebrate the opening of Captain America: Civil War Movie with these Captain America Cupcakes and Iron Man cupcakes.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 37 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 359 kcal


  • 9 oz Skittles® candy Original
  • 9 oz Sour Skittle® candy
  • 1 White Cake Mix, prepared
  • 2 pounds confectioners sugar
  • 3 sticks butter softened
  • 6 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
  • 9 teaspoons milk or whipping cream
  • blue gel food coloring
  • red gel food coloring
  • yellow gel food coloring
  • 12 white cupcake liners
  • 12 red cupcake liners
  • 1 large closed star tip
  • 1 large star tip
  • 1 small round tip
  • 4-12 inch decorator bags
  • optional Captain America & Iron Man Cupcake toppers
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For the Cupcakes

  • Mix the white cake mix following the directions for the egg white instructions.
  • Line a cupcake pan with the 12 white cupcake liners.
  • Fill each cupcake liner ¾ full with the uncolored white cake batter.
  • Bake the cupcakes for 12 minutes, turn the pan and bake for another 8 minutes.
  • While the white cupcakes are baking add about 12 drops of the red gel food coloring to the remaining cake batter. Mix for 1 minute.
  • Put the red cupcake liners into a cupcake pan and fill ¾ of the way full with the red cake batter.
  • Bake as directed. Cool both batches of cupcakes completely before frosting.
  • Cupcakes may be made the day before decorating and serving.

For each batch of the frosting

  • Start with the uncolored white frosting first. In a bowl beat the softened butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup of confectioners sugar and mix on low until combined with the butter.
  • Add the remaining 1 ½ cups of sugar, the vanilla extract and milk or cream to the bowl.
  • Turn the mixer on low and slowly beat the sugar until combined.
  • Turn the mixer on high and beat for 3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Remove the white buttercream frosting to a small bowl with a lid. Place the lid on and set aside.
  • Add the next stick of butter to the mixer (no need to wash the bowl at this point).
  • Repeat the previous instructions.
  • Once the frosting is done add about 12 drops of blue gel food coloring.
  • Beat until the food coloring is mixed in well.
  • Remove the blue frosting from the mixing bowl and place in a smaller bowl with a tight fitting lid.
  • Wash and dry the mixer bowl well before the next batch of frosting.
  • Repeat the previous instructions for making the buttercream frosting only, this time, add about 12 drops of yellow gel food coloring to the finished frosting.
  • Mix well and place in a small bowl with a tight fitting lid.

To Decorate Captain America Cupcakes

  • Place the large star tip into one of 12-inch decorator bags. Fill the bag with the blue frosting.
  • In a second bag place the other star tip. Fill this bag with the white frosting.
  • Swirl the blue frosting over the top of each of the white cupcakes, (being sure to reserve about ½ cup of the blue frosting for the Iron Man Cupcakes).
  • Place a white star using the uncolored frosting in the center of each of the blue frosting on each cupcake.
  • Place 8 red original Skittles around the edge of each cupcake.
  • Stick a Captain America Cupcake pick in each cupcake if using.
  • Store frosted cupcakes in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

To Decorate Iron Man Cupcakes

  • Wash the closed star tip. Place the star tip in a clean decorator bag. Fill with yellow frosting.
  • Place the small circle tip into a clean decorator bag. Fill this bag with the reserved blue frosting.
  • Swirl each red cupcake with the yellow frosting.
  • Add a blue circle to the center of the yellow frosting on each cupcake with the blue frosting fitted with a small circle tip.
  • Stick an Iron Man cupcake topper in each cupcake if using.
  • Store frosted cupcakes in the refrigerator until serving.


Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 404IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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