These cupcakes are inspired by a scene from "Tourist Trapped" (s.1, ep.1), in which a gnome throws-up a rainbow after getting punched or kicked by Mabel, one of the main characters. Well, it's barf that resembles a rainbow (see video clip below). The gnome puking scene is so popular it's been made into T-shirts and other items and even won a spot on the Food Fiction Wikia's "Gravity Falls" Menu!
Note: I made five colors of batter for my cupcakes, but you'll notice that the gnome is only puking four colors (purple, green, yellow, red) so you can totally go either way. You can see in the photos that I forewent cupcake liners and created rainbow cupcake wrappers instead. Instructions for the wrappers are found below, but if you'd rather use cupcake liners just make sure they're rainbow! Also, I chose sprinkles to decorate the cupcakes and heart and star stickers for the rainbow wrappers to Mabel-ize the cupcakes, 'cause, you know, those little guys are in to her! and I thought she would approve. Mabel loves stickers and magic-glam!
Gnome Puke Cupcakes
1 Box White Cake Mix + required ingredients (water, eggs, oil)
Various Gel Colors
White Butter Cream Frosting (recipe here or store-bought is fine)
1/3-1/2 Cup Red Candy Melts
Several Bowls & Spoons
2 12-Cup, Regular-Size Cupcake Tins
Decorating Bag or Sturdy Plastic Baggie
2. Line a tray with waxed paper. Heat the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds & then stir. Repeat until the candy is completely melted (heating in small increments & stirring). Stir in a small amount of canola oil for smoothness & dipper-able-ness. I mean dip-able-ness. Pick up a non-broken bugle by the wide end & dip/roll it in the red melt until completely coated. Let any excess red fall back into the bowl & then lay the coated bugle on the wax paper. Repeat this for as many bugles as you have cupcakes. Let the coated bugles sit undisturbed until hardened.
Rainbow Cupcake Wrappers
Cupcake Wrapper Template (print here)
4 Sheets of Rainbow Scrapbook Paper (you can get 6 wrappers from 1 sheet)
Pattern Edge Scissors
Sparkly, Fun Stickers like Stars & Hearts
Double-sided Tape (for use if your rainbow paper does NOT have glitter on it. Mine had glitter & the tape wouldn't stick to it [but the stickers would, go figure].)
2. Fold a wrapper around one of your cupcakes & mark (with a pencil or simply by holding it) where the wrapper needs to close in order to fit somewhat snuggly around the cupcake. Use this wrapper as a guide & measure & mark the rest of the templates where they need to close. If the rainbow paper you used is not covered in glitter, stick a couple pieces of double-sided tape on the backsides of the wrapper ends opposite the mark & then fold the wrappers around to meet the marks & press closed. If your rainbow paper is coated in glitter (like mine), cut the wrapper end off about 1/4"-1/2" close to the mark & then snip halfway up the wrapper at the mark. On the opposite wrapper end snip halfway down about 1/4" in from the end. Fold the wrapper ends around to meet & slide the snips together (see photo above) to secure the wrapper. Plop the cupcakes into the wrappers & enjoy!
* Wanna toothpick 6-fingered hands (from the cover of Dipper's Journal) into your cupcakes?Or stick the hands onto your cupcake wrappers? Print & cut this page! *
* After making this post I discovered JustJENN's "Gravity Falls" gnome cupcakes–check 'em out! *