Sure, the Crystal Gems will always save the day, but they’d be super bored if it weren’t for the Homeworld Gems making things more difficult, right? I chose my three favorite Homeworld Gems; Jasper, Peridot, and Yellow Diamond and decided there would be nothing better than cupcakes devoted to them. I know Peridot is technically a Crystal Gem now, but whatever. She’s always going to be a troublemaker in my mind, so it’s all good.
This is a three part recipe in two ways; first, there are three things that had to be made (cupcakes, gem candy, and frosting), and second, there are three flavors each for the cupcakes and candy. I had to split things up a bit differently that if I were making all one flavor. Keep that in mind as you make your own Homeworld Gem Cupcakes.
The first thin I did, was make the cupcakes. For that, I needed:
2 1/4 cup sifted flour
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup shortening (all vegetable)
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup orange triple sec
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup lime juice
After you’ve gathered your ingredients (I used Triple Sec because we didn’t have any orange juice, and baking will burn out the alcohol, you can use oj if you want), you need to preheat your oven to 350* F, and prep at least one cupcake tin. Prepare the cupcake tin by spraying ti with nonstick spray before putting in your cupcake cups. This will keep them from sticking to any part of the pan.
Then, it’s suggested that you sift your dry ingredients (I just sifted the flour because sifting is irritating and awful) together into a large mixing bowl. Mix them, then add the shortening and milk, beat it for 2 minutes, then add the eggs and beat for another 2 minutes. Then, things get a little weird.
Separate your mixture into 3 separate bowls. I suggest medium mixing bowls, otherwise your liquid will go everywhere. Add one flavor to each bowl, and mix it in well. You don’t want one cupcake to be super lime, and the next to basically be white cake. After they’re well mixed, drop put them into your cupcake tins. I did one flavor per tin, so I did orange first, then lemon, then lime; each as a separate bake. Since I didn’t use for coloring, I needed to be able to differentiate the cupcakes. Baking them separately was the easiest way. I baked each of mine for about 12 minutes; use your nose to tell when they’re ready. They should smell like light citrus and be a pale, golden brown.
Once they look and smell good, take them out and cool them for 5 minutes in the pan, then put them on a cooling rack. I kept the racks separate, and made a little cheat sheet on snapchat to tell the difference, because (again) I want to know the difference in flavor.
The next day, I made the candy gems for the top. For that, I needed:
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup light corn syrup
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons lemon extract
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 teaspoons orange extract
1 drop food coloring (yellow, orange, and green)
This looked weirdly intimidating to me; I had never made any type of candy, but my mum is an old pro at it. She said it was simple, but I didn’t believe her. Turns out she was right.
Grab your ingredients, along with 3 cookie sheets, pieces of foil large enough to cover each of them, and nonstick spray. Tightly wrap the foil around the sheets, and spray with nonstick spray. Set those to the side.
Put everything but the flavoring and food coloring into a saucepan (clipping the candy thermometer to the side), and turn it on to a medium heat. Stir it smooth, and bring it to a boil. Once it’s boiling, stir it now and then, until it gets to 285* F.
While it’s working it’s way to that heat, put your coloring and flavor into 3 separate bowls (yellow and lemon in one, green and lime in another, and orange and orange in the third). Put those in your oven at 150* – 200* F to warm up. Since the candy is being separated, you want it to stay warm long enough to be mixed before it hardens.
Once your candy is near 285* F, bring your bowls out of the oven (carefully, they’re hot), and pour the candy into them. Mix like the dickens, and pour the colored candy onto the 3 separate prepared cookies sheets, and move them about so that the candy is as even as possible. Leave them to cool somewhere without too much moisture (don’t put them in the fridge or freezer).
And finally, Fangirls, I needed to make frosting. Again, this was something I had never done before, but I had a late start to my work day, so I figured I may as well make it and decorate the cupcakes before work. That way I could bring some in, and have them ready for the party they were for a couple days later.
For the frosting, I needed:
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening (I didn’t know it was something that could be liquid, but that wasn’t what I needed, so that’s okay)
1/2 cup butter or margarine (softened)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup cocoa
First up, cream your butter and shortening in an electric mixer. Add the vanilla and slowly add the sugar, one cup at a time. Keep making sure that you’re scraping the sides often to keep the frosting well mixed. After that, it’s going to start getting almost hard. Slowly add the milk, and after that, the cocoa. Mix it, more and more. If it doesn’t get softer after a couple minutes mixing, add a little bit more milk. Keep mixing, it’ll get softer as you go on. Once it’s smooth and soft, you will be able to put some into a pastry bag (with a tip on it), and get to frosting!
After I put the frosting on, I added a couple pieces of gem candy to each cupcake, in the corresponding color and flavor, and they were ready to go! The people I work with enjoyed the cupcakes, as did my family at the party I went to. Overall, these cupcakes were far easier than I expected, and a lot of fun to make. I learned a couple new skills, which was nice, and made me excited to make more snacks and watch more Steven Universe!
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