These cool summer treats bring an elegant touch to any party. All it takes are baked cupcakes, frosting, food colouring and scissors to make these refreshing cupcake towers. They look great and are easy to make. Because these are such tall drinks, it is best to assemble them after you arrive at your destination.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 24 muffin cups with 2 yellow paper liners in each cup. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake until cupcakes are lightly golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 18 to 21 minutes. Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack and cool completely.
- Tint the lemon frosting a brighter yellow with the food colouring – stir to blend well. Spread the frosting on top of all of the cupcakes and make smooth, making sure to keep the double paper liners in place.
- Use a pair of craft scissors (or regular scissors) to cut the gum slices into 16 leaf shapes. Pinch one narrow end to make the leaves. Press a lemon slice, 2 leaves and a straw on top of 8 of the cupcakes.
- Arrange a tower of 3 cupcakes stacked on top of each other, ending in a cupcake with the straw to create the glass. (If traveling with the cupcakes do not assemble until you are at the location.) Press the cupcakes into the frosting to secure.