Camouflage Cupcakes – Tutorial!


This weekend is Ben’s birthday. For his birthday, I made some seriously awesome camo cupcakes! It was a little time consuming, but over all, it was pretty easy! I’m going to share the tutorial with you today! (Inspired by this post)

I started out with 2 box mixes, one chocolate, one white.

Divide the batter into 4 bowls.

1: White batter.

2: White batter with green food coloring and a dash of chocolate batter.

3: Equal parts chocolate and white batter.

4: Chocolate batter.

Mix the different batters together until you get the colors you want. I ended up with a lot more chocolate batter than the rest of the colors, but I ended up making a few plain chocolate cupcakes to use it up.

Line a cupcake tin with paper liners.

For the batter, you can either use spoons and dump little blobs of each color into each wrapper, or you can get fancy and use pastry bags. I chose to get fancy with bags. It makes filling the cupcakes tins a little easier and a little less messy.

Just drop a bunch of blogs in each wrapper until they’re all about 3/4 of the way full. Bake according to the directions on the box.

Once the cupcakes are done baking, pop them out of the tins so they can start cooling.

I used this recipe for icing.

Diving the icing into 3 bowls. Keep one batch white/ivory. The other bowl you will add a little bit of green food coloring and a little bit of cocoa powder until it’s the desired color. The last bowl you will add cocoa powder until it’s the desired color brown.

For the fancy swirled icing, take 3 pastry bags. Fill each bag with it’s own color of icing. Take all 3 bags and put them into 1 larger bag with a start tip in it. It will look something like this.

Pipe a swirl onto the tops, and you’re done!

Little soldiers, all lined up.

And a special little thank you to all my Redditors. Thanks for all the nice comments and I hope you find the tutorial useful!

271 thoughts on “Camouflage Cupcakes – Tutorial!

  1. I did my first test-run of these last night. They took a bit of effort, but were really fun.
    My icing was a disaster – I think my butter was too soft and I stuffed too much into my piping bags. But, they were DELICIOUS! I brought them into the office and my coworkers were floored.
    Thanks, Katy!

  2. I love this idea Im going to do this for my husband since is birthday is just around the corner but I was wondering since myhusband is a diabetic would the frosting work with a whipped heavey cream (since its sugar free)?.

  3. My son is having a Laser Tag/Military themed birthday so I’m going to make these. I’m going to get some cheap little plastic Army guys from the dollar store to go on top of the camo frosting.

  4. My son (hunter/camo fan) is turning thirty and we are having a camo themed party! I can not WAIT to make these!! I hope they look as good as yours! Thanks for the fantastic idea.

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  7. Thank you for the tutorial. I used 3 colors but couldn’t figure out how to make the green darker, it just just kept getting brighter and brighter. Now I know to add chocolate to the batter/frosting. The cupcakes looked great, I need to work on frosting and will definitely be trying your recipe tonight.

  8. I wish I could share pictures here because your idea was perfect for me to use to celebrate my husband’s Army promotion! I ended up making chocolate embellishments of his rank to top them :) Thank you so much!!

  9. Hi! Love this idea!!!! I want to make them in pink. One question though: when you put the 3 bags into one and start piping, does the frosting also leak out into the large bag? Do you lose a lot this way, or does it all somehow stay in the tip? Can’t wait to try this!

  10. I would like to say thank you for sharing this recipe. I was so happy to find this for my son’s up coming 8th birthday party. I do have a question….I was wondering how your batter ended up so thick? I made a practice batch which did turn out, but the batter was hard to control because it was too thin. Do you have any recommendations?
    Thank you

  11. Made these for my grandson’s ninth birthday. He wanted a hunting theme cake. These were perfect. Good idea to make the cupcakes one day and frosting the next day. Between both it took me about five hours, but everybody loved them.

  12. Hi, I am doing these cupcakes for my son’s 11th birthday party this weekend. I am just wondering are the piping bags 12 inch and then do you put all three into an 18 inch bag? I looked on the link and I think I will order them, but I could not find a size. Thanks so much! These are awesome.

  13. I am super excited to make these. They look amazing! We have the annual game dinner for my husband’s hunting club and I think this will be quite the conversation starter. Can you use regular store bought icing? Wondering if that works just as well as homemade.

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  15. I am going to make these for my son’s Army Lego Party. I am going to put camo chocolate/white chocolate legos on top. I also thought about making the cupcakes inside green and tan ice cream cones. Wish me luck.

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