Jessie and I aren’t your traditional daters.
We don’t do dinner-and-movies, salsa dancing or picnics. We don’t do hiking trips, wine tasting or anything ritzy or fancy.
We seek out abandoned cemeteries to take pictures of dilapidated tombstones. We go to Walmart and play I-Spy. And because we were sick of doing both (and frankly have covered nearly every headstone in a 50-mile radius), we decided to spruce things up a bit. Relight the fire, spark the romance.
We went to Folsom Prison.
You know, of Johnny Cash “Folsom Prison Blues” fame.
Young lovers, sprucing up our romance at a prison. No biggie.
So we drove to the prison and rekindled our love of odd-dates.
We went to the museum, which features a wide-variety of homemade shivs and shanks, mostly made out of newspaper and melted razors that’s both impressive in a MacGyverish way and tremendously scary.
Dude, there was a trident there. Out of newspaper. A newspaper trident.
And for a split second I thought “what a badass. He made a freaking trident. People who make tridents are obviously badasses.”
Anyway, we walked around and saw a bunch of stuff bored inmates had made, like working toasters and even handguns. And then I felt kind of inferior to the inmates because I can barely rework my hairband when it snaps, much less fashion a functioning toaster out of matches and toilet paper.
After feeling inferior, Jessie and I started to leave and went to ask the guard more questions about the layout of the prison. Having just watched Lockup: Extended Stay Boston, I felt confident in my prison-set-up know-how and wanted to know the lay of the land.
You know, for research purposes.
And then, thinking of the creepy shivs, I decided to ask the stoic prison guard, “have you ever been stabbed?”
HAVE. YOU EVER. BEEN. STABBED.
I mean, it isn’t creepy or inappropriate at all.
And anyway, he said no. And then Jessie and I left and went to get shaved ice.
Honestly, this story had zero purpose and I apologize for that. But now I can say I went to Folsom Prison and know that it is possible to make shivs out of styrofoam cups.
But sadly, I am not nearly scientific or experimental when it comes to weaponry or basically any life-skill that could be beneficial at some point. All I can do is bake, and thankfully I can do that well.
Like by stuffing cupcakes inside of cupcakes. You know, one-upping the prisoners in creativity.
Because I’m probably the only person who would try to one-up a prisoner. Ugh, why am I so weird?
But forreal, these cupcakes rock. I mean, there is a cupcake living inside of another cupcake. How can that be beat?!
You should make them and feel more creative than prisoners. Trust me, it’s a good feeling.
24 miniature cupcakes, baked, frosted and frozen (wrappers removed)
1 box Funfetti cake mix (plus ingredients on back of box)
1 small box sugar free/fat free vanilla instant pudding mix
Vanilla Buttercream (recipe and ingredients follow)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with 24 paper liners. In a large bowl, prepare the cake mix according to package directions. Stir the dry pudding mix into the batter to combine.
2. Portion the batter evenly among the muffin tins, about 2/3 full. Place an unwrapped, frozen mini cupcake in the center of each filled muffin cup.
3. Bake for approx. 16-19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out mostly clean (it may be slightly goopy because of the melted frosting inside the cupcake. Also, the tops may look kinda funky but no fear, it’ll be covered with frosting).
4. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting them with the vanilla buttercream.
2 sticks butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp milk
About 6 cups powdered sugar
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and vanilla until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until light and fluffy. If needed, add the milk to loosen up the frosting.
2. Pipe the frosting high onto the cooled cupcakes, ensuring you cover the cupcake baked inside. Sprinkle with sprinkles, and store leftovers airtight for 1-2 days.
You can also feel free to mix up your mini cupcakes and cupcake flavors–think Funfetti inside a chocolate cake, strawberry inside white, etc. Mix it up!!
I hope you enjoy! Happy Thursday!!