In anticipation of its return, I wanted to whip-up a Riverdale-Inspired Recipe. (So I went for Jughead Cupcakes.)
…in reality, I should have made some burgers.
My husband and I have pretty opposite tastes when it comes to shows and programming. On our movie nights/Netflix binge-watching sessions, we’ll normally play a rom-com or a classic film. Unfortunately, Joe is unable to watch reruns of Friends for days on end, so I guess I’ll have to continue flying solo for that.
But recently… drum roll, please!
Joe showed interest in Riverdale (which I loved from day one). When he expressed his curiosity on the series, I immediately sat him down and together, we sat through Seasons 1 to (mid-season) 3. Yes, oh yes! The Netflix gods have spoken. Joe and I finally have a show we can binge-watch together – my millennial heart is skipping beats, I tell ya.
To celebrate Riverdale’s return after their holiday pause (because we all deserve a break, don’t we?), I decided to whip-up my own Riverdale-inspired recipe.
Ladies and gents: a cupcake fit for a king (okay, maybe a Serpent King).
Riverdale-Inspired Recipe: Jughead Cupcakes
One dozen chocolate cupcakes (Psst: click here for my chocolate cupcake recipe – they’re DIVINE!)
1 stick butter, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2-3 tbsp milk
7-9 oz. white fondant, divided
1-2 oz. red fondant
Black gel food coloring
Wilton tip #8
Wilton tip #1M
Small bowl of water + paintbrush
Yields: 12 decorated cupcakes
Prepare your chocolate cupcakes according to directions. Allow to cool on a wire rack – remember: they must be completely cool before adding icing and decorations.
As the cupcakes cool, prepare Jughead’s fondant crown. Take a 1 oz. piece off your white fondant and set aside.
With the rest of the fondant, add 1 small drop of gel food coloring. Knead until completely tinted – it should be grey.
Roll out your grey fondant so that it’s about ¼ of an inch thick. Using a paring knife, cut out 12 rectangles. They should be about 5in x 1.5in in size.
Along one long side of each grey fondant strip, cut out small triangles.
Roll out your red fondant, about ¼ of an inch thick. With your paring knife, cut out 12 small triangles.
Roll your remaining small white fondant piece and using Wilton icing tip #8 to cut out 12 small circles.
To make the buttercream, use an electric mixer to beat butter, confectioners’ sugar and milk together. Start on medium speed and gradually increase to high.
Once the ingredients are well-combined, smooth, and form semi-stiff peaks, the buttercream is ready.
Scoop the buttercream into a piping bag, set with Wilton tip #1M. Frost each cupcake.
Brush a small amount of water on one end of your grey fondant strip. Make both ends meet.
Brush water on the back of each red and white fondant piece. Stick one of each on your grey crown.
Place one fondant crown on each cupcake.
I was keen on Riverdale right off the bat because I grew up reading the comics. Watching the Archie universe in the series’ perspective has been quite the ride. Who’s your favourite character from Riverdale?
Alli Smith says
These are the perfect cupcakes to celebrate the return of Riverdale. I haven’t seen the series but after looking longingly at these beautiful cupcakes, I want to watch! You nailed Jughead with these cupcakes!
Your cupcakes turned out perfect. They would be so much fun for me to make for my boys.
Tomi C says
My son’s girlfriend watches Riverdale. It’s one of her fave shows. I should bake these for her one day. She’d LOVE this! Thanks for posting!
What a fun way to enjoy Jughead. It is always fun to make a special treat and enjoy the show while munching down on something sweet.
Melissa Chapman says
We loved Archie comics when we were growing up so this looks like a show we need to watch. The cupcakes are fun and look worth making for the show.
Those cupcakes look amazing! I actually have not seen the show. From what I undestand it is based off of Archie comics? Sounds like a fun show to watch!
Cupcakes and binging are going to be on my Riverdale list this weekend. I LOVE this show, and those cupcakes look really good.
Amber Myers says
These look like such delicious cupcakes. I don’t watch Riverdale, but I used to read the Archie comics so I know who Jughead is.
Glenda Cates says
The Cupcakes look very tasty and as for the movie I hadn’t heard of it but will check it out this week. As for Friends I would be happy to Binge Watch it with you.
When I was a kid, I used to read those comic books all the time! I am going to have to introduce my kids to them now!
My daughter likes this show, and it would be fun to make these cupcakes. To be honest I am not familiar with the characters, so it was fun to find your recipe!
Kita Bryant says
This is beyond what I can do lol but this looks so good. I wish I could just do the baking part I won’t even touch the decor on it.
These cupcakes are adorable! This reminds me I need to catch up on Riverdale on Netflix!!
Oh my goodness! How amazing these cupcakes look! My kid will go crazy over these!
Chubskulit Rose says
That crown on top got me, so artsy! What a sweet treat, my son would enjoy these.
OMG! Those jughead cupcakes are the cutest. I think I’m just going to stare at them. They’re too cute to eat.
One of my friends is obsessed with Riverdale. I bet they would flip for these cupcakes.
Those turned out great! What a wonderful idea. My daughters would really love this too. They’d enjoy helping me make them as well.
These are so adorable and I love Jughead!! We binged the first two seasons and then we forgot to start watching season 3! So now I can’t wait to catch up again. 🙂
I don’t watch this show. Don’t hate me! But those cupcakes look fabulous and your fondant work is awesome!!!
Helen Little says
What fantastic attention to detail! Perfect for Riverdale fans 🙂 well done!
Nicole Hood says
I need to check out “Riverdale”. I keep hearing about it! And these cupcakes are ADORABLE!!
Mommy Peach says
We love Riverdale too! And these cupcakes are just the cutest!!!