Kettle Corn Cupcakes

 

Things I’d Rather Be Doing Than Working Out:

1. Go to the dentist. An underrated activity in my mind, people. They brush your teeth for you and give you a free toothbrush. Totally awesome. If I got a free toothbrush for running on the treadmill, I wouldn’t get off the treadmill. (No, I don’t have a weird fascination with toothbrushes).

2. Count calories. I’m bad with numbers anyway, so I’d rather just tell myself in my best stern voice, “Hayley, if you’re not working out, you damn well better be counting calories.” Eventually, I’ll grow tired of adding and subtracting numbers that I’ll give up and end up shoving my face in a bag of chips in front of the DVR.

3. Emptythe dishwasher. Duuuude. My least favorite chore of all time. How come it’s the worst? Doing the dishes and getting my hands in old food isn’t as problematic as putting clean dishes away. It’s torturous. But compared to lifting weights, I’ll take the clean saute pan and get over it.

4. Wear UGGS. At least my mammoth shoes will detract from my burgeoning muffin top.

5. Eat. I meaaan, do I really need to explain?

6. Go to the mall. On a Saturday afternoon. You’d have to be downright psycho to do this, or straight-up desperate, but I’d do it to avoid wearing Spandex and going for a run. Plus, dodging strollers and moody teenagers has to burn some calories, right?

7. Put stuff away. I’m notorious for leaving stuff out and about. It even frustrates me, so I can’t imagine I’m pleasant to live with when my handbag has a permanent place at the dinner table (seriously–ugh). So actually putting something away to avoid exercise would be doable.

8. Never taint my yoga pants. People owning yoga pants that actually do yoga? What a concept.

9. Learn to balance a checkbook, change a tire, sew a button… anything actually useful other than sweating and panting for thirty minutes. Preferably something I can do in said-yoga pants in between participating in #5.

10. Get a shot. I’m one of those weirdos who actually enjoy getting shots from the doctor’s office. It’s a mental thing, knowing that meningitis can’t get me now. I can laugh in the face of diseases; I’m protected. Try and get me sick.

Oh yeah–and eat Kettle Corn Cupcakes! Obviously. Sweet and salty lovers, rejoice. This cupcake is amazeballs.

Come and kettle corn your face off.

Kettle Corn Cupcakes 

For Cupcakes:

1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 eggs
1 cup water
1/4 cup caramel coffee syrup
1 box vanilla instant pudding mix

For Caramel Frosting:

2 sticks butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup caramel coffee syrup
About 5 cups powdered sugar
Cinnamon sugar

For Garnish:

Cinnamon sugar
Kettle corn

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with about 20 paper liners. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, butter, eggs, water and caramel coffee syrup with an electric mixer; beat for about 2 minutes, until combined. Stir in the pudding mix by hand to combine. Portion the batter evenly among muffin tins; about 2/3 full–and bake until golden, about 14-16 minutes. Cool completely.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, vanilla and caramel coffee syrup until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until light and fluffy. Beat in a little cinnamon sugar (about 1/4-1/2 cup, depending on your taste preferences).
4. Pipe the frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar and garnish with kettle corn. Best served the same day, immediately upon decorating.

These cupcakes are the perfect balance between sweet + salty. Kettle corn is actually my favorite variety of popcorn and I enjoyed this caramely, buttery cupcake with the sweet cinnamon-sugar top. My dad’s coworkers devoured these babies!

Enjoy!

xo, Hayley

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Comments

  1. I totally agree!!! Every month our gym membership gets deducted from our account. I have just a fleeting moment of guilt. But then I go do something fun, like eat and that gym membership is forgotten! I would happily exercise my mouth by eating these cupcakes!!! That counts, doesn’t it? What a great idea for a cupcake. Love the cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top.

  2. Oh you crack me up! Have a good weekend Hayley!

  3. Dude, emptying the dishwasher drives me crazy too, and I’m so untidy too; I get things out then put it in random place and get distracted with something else and leave that out too. The giant man-baby hates me for it. All that purposely OTT huffing and puffins in front of me while he puts said items away. *rollseyes*

    The cinnamon sugar on these bad boys has me wiping my drolly foamed mouth. I just bought some cinnamon sugar in too and now I have the perfect excuse to make some of these. The caramel coffee syrup sounds divine and the frosting looks awesome.

    Oh and #10, don’t be laughing too much, you still could end up getting flu after having a flu shot, but hell flu is way better than meningitis *shudder*. I didn’t even know they gave shots for that? Maybe I’m too old to have it?

  4. Hayley I love kettle corn. I go nuts for it! Love that you incorporated it into cupcake! How fun!

  5. Ohhh, I have a big soft spot for kettle corn. And I love the boxed mix — makes things so much more simple!

  6. I’d pretty mush rather do anything than work out. BUT I’d work out for those cupcakes:)

  7. I hate working out. Seriously. I’ve recently started running and at least it’s not as boring as workout videos or a machine but BLECH. I’d much rather be eating cupcakes. I’d even rather iron (my least fav chore).

  8. These are so fun! Love the popcorn topping 🙂

  9. I so love the idea of putting coffee syrup in a cupcake. YUM!

  10. Back for Seconds says:

    So creative! I bet these taste rad. Loooove sweet and salty!
    #10 is cracking me up!

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