Chai Spice Cupcakes

These Chai Spice Cupcakes are INCREDIBLE! Moist, tender, fluffy vanilla cupcakes packed with authentic chai flavor and topped with a chai buttercream. Easy, quick and utterly delicious! Any chai tea lovers in the house? If you’re a chai-fanatic like myself, you’ll fall in love with these Chai Spice Cupcakes! Moist, tender cupcakes flavored with authentic chai spices and topped with a brown sugary chai buttercream.

If you couldn’t tell with the barrage of fall-inspired recipes coming out of this blog as of late, let me just make one thing crystal clear for you: I am so ready for fall.

Summer ain’t my jam and frankly it’s overstayed its welcome. YES, I know it’s still technically August. YES, I know that fall won’t officially start for another 20-something days. YES, I know that the temperature will still be in the 90s through October. But it still doesn’t mean I can’t wistfully eat my pumpkin desserts and cradle my flannel longingly until then.

ANYHOO, I recently re-discovered a local coffee shop nearby and now it takes every fiber of my being not to come up with an excuse to go there and get all the coffees and teas.

It’s not super close to anything I frequently drive by, so going there is kind of out of the way, but I cannot help myself. Their coffees and teas are the best! And half of my town also thinks so, because their lines are ridic.

It’s even gotten to the point where I’ll be so wrought with indecision that when it’s finally my turn, I’ll blurt out that I want an iced coffee and an iced tea. So I double-fisted coffee and tea that morning because they were both so good and because I am incapable of making small decisions.

These Chai Spice Cupcakes are INCREDIBLE! Moist, tender, fluffy vanilla cupcakes packed with authentic chai flavor and topped with a chai buttercream. Easy, quick and utterly delicious! Anyway, one of my favorite things to order at coffee shops are iced chai tea lattes. There’s something so utterly delicious about chai. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a Middle Eastern tea that’s packed with lots of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, and even black pepper. It’s really spicy, aromatic and warm, and when it’s iced, it’s even better (in my opinion). I love drinking my iced chais with coconut milk, and during the Christmas holiday, I always order a gingerbread chai from Starbucks because it literally tastes like a liquefied gingerbread cookie. #DEAD

And these Chai Spice Cupcakes taste just like my favorite tea except in a plush, fluffy cupcake. Is there anything better?

These Chai Spice Cupcakes are INCREDIBLE! Moist, tender, fluffy vanilla cupcakes packed with authentic chai flavor and topped with a chai buttercream. Easy, quick and utterly delicious!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Chai Spice Cupcakes
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These Chai Spice Cupcakes are incredible! Warm, aromatic chai spices fill these tender, moist white cupcakes. A must-make if you're a chai fan!
Ingredients
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 (3.4 oz) pkg dry instant French vanilla pudding mix (you may substitute vanilla if French vanilla isn't available)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • FOR CHAI BUTTERCREAM:
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or milk
  • About 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Ginger cookies for decorating, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 20 muffin cups with muffin liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, milk, oil, dry pudding mix and spices with a handheld electric mixer for about 2 minutes or until combined. Portion the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling about ¾ full. Bake for approx. 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  3. To make the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar and vanilla until creamy, about 1 minute. Add in the spices and gradually add in the powdered sugar, about one cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. Use the heavy cream to stream into the frosting to thin it out if it's too thick. You may not use all of the cream.
  4. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and garnish with a ginger cookie piece, if using.

These Chai Spice Cupcakes are INCREDIBLE! Moist, tender, fluffy vanilla cupcakes packed with authentic chai flavor and topped with a chai buttercream. Easy, quick and utterly delicious! These cupcakes are so fabulous and taste just like chai tea lattes! Moist, fluffy, tender cupcakes flavored with those warm, aromatic spices… these cupcakes will usher in those warm and fuzzy fall feelings as soon as you make them!

These Chai Spice Cupcakes are INCREDIBLE! Moist, tender, fluffy vanilla cupcakes packed with authentic chai flavor and topped with a chai buttercream. Easy, quick and utterly delicious! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

The Best Butterbeer Cupcakes

The BEST Butterbeer Cupcakes - tender, moist butterscotch vanilla creme cupcakes topped with a brown sugar & butterscotch buttercream and caramel drizzle. For Harry Potter fans... and cupcake lovers! These Butterbeer Cupcakes truly are the best ever! Moist, fluffy butterscotch-vanilla creme cake topped with a fluffy butterscotch frosting and caramel sauce. Incredible!

So I guess I’m on a cupcake roll? I posted cupcakes last week, and cupcakes this week. Cupcake Monday should be a thing, don’t ya think?

Besides that, my book party was this weekend and it was a success! No one passed out drunk from my extra-boozy homemade sangria; people bought my book; no one was repulsed by my cooking; and my charcuterie tray looked more high-end than Walmart and that made me happy (even if I forgot the olives, grapes, cornichons (those are pickles to mortals like you and I), and crackers). Oops.

And I forgot to paint my nails, so I officially had the jankiest hands at the party. My parents assured me that no one noticed my gross manicure, but at least I washed my hands, so there’s comfort in that, even if my nails weren’t mint to match my book.

Overall, it was a great party! It was fun to see friends I haven’t seen in awhile, and everything was easy peasy. And the best part is, I still have sangria left over! #win.

should have made these Butterbeer Cupcakes, but I didn’t because I basically suck at life. BUT I did make these cupcakes for my book signing last week, and they were a huge hit.

Basically, the day of the signing, I realized, hey, the new Harry Potter book is out and people will be at the book store to buy it. I should entice those HP readers over to my table to buy my book! And then I made these cupcakes and the rest is history. (And I sold 30 books… so I’d say it was a success!).

These cupcakes are inspired by Harry Potter, because in the books he gets butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks in Diagon Alley. (At least I think. I didn’t actually read the books *hangs head in shame* but it’s what I’ve heard, and people never lie to innocent folks, right? RIGHT?).

The BEST Butterbeer Cupcakes - tender, moist butterscotch vanilla creme cupcakes topped with a brown sugar & butterscotch buttercream and caramel drizzle. For Harry Potter fans... and cupcake lovers! Butterbeer isn’t actually beer; in fact, it’s more like a butterscotch-ish vanilla creme soda. Rich and golden, sweet and bubbly and absolutely heavenly. If you’re lucky, you’ll sometimes find butterbeer soda in stores near Halloween, but in a pinch, you can absolutely use vanilla creme soda like I did here.

Whatever ya do, make yourself some because these are seriously some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had. They’re so unapologetically buttery and fabulous.

Also, muggle-approved.

The BEST Butterbeer Cupcakes - tender, moist butterscotch vanilla creme cupcakes topped with a brown sugar & butterscotch buttercream and caramel drizzle. For Harry Potter fans... and cupcake lovers!

5.0 from 4 reviews
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These Butterbeer Cupcakes are seriously some of the BEST cupcakes I've EVER had. Buttery, brown sugary, vanilla-flavored and oh so fabulous, they're topped with a butterscotch & brown sugar frosting that's to-die for!
Ingredients
  • FOR CUPCAKES:
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 cup vanilla creme soda
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 (3.4 oz) pkg dry instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • FOR FROSTING:
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp butterscotch sundae sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp butter extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • About 3 & ½ - 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or milk, if needed should frosting be too thick
  • Additional butterscotch sauce or caramel sauce for drizzling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin pans with about 18 paper liners; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil, vanilla creme soda, brown sugar and dry pudding mix. Beat with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes or until combined. Portion the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling about ¾ full.
  3. Bake the cupcakes for approx. 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter, butterscotch sauce, brown sugar, butter and vanilla extracts with the paddle attachment until creamy, about 30 seconds. Add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy, streaming in the heavy cream if needed (if frosting is too thick).
  5. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes. If piping the frosting as high as in my photos, you may want to double the recipe. Drizzle with caramel or butterscotch sauce.

The BEST Butterbeer Cupcakes - tender, moist butterscotch vanilla creme cupcakes topped with a brown sugar & butterscotch buttercream and caramel drizzle. For Harry Potter fans... and cupcake lovers! Buttery, brown sugary, and with hints of warm butterscotch and vanilla, these cupcakes are totally amazing and I think you’ll agree – Harry Potter fan or not!

The BEST Butterbeer Cupcakes - tender, moist butterscotch vanilla creme cupcakes topped with a brown sugar & butterscotch buttercream and caramel drizzle. For Harry Potter fans... and cupcake lovers! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

The Best Chocolate-Frosted Yellow Cupcakes

The BEST Chocolate-Frosted Yellow Cupcakes: moist, fluffy and buttery vanilla cupcakes topped with a rich, chocolaty and decadent EASY chocolate frosting. So simple, so impressive! These Chocolate-Frosted Yellow Cupcakes truly are the best ever! Moist, fluffy and topped with a sinfully rich & delicious chocolate frosting. No one will know you took shortcuts to make these!

So on Saturday, I had my first-ever book signing at Barnes & Noble! *cue all the gasps*

It was crazy awesome and I want to take this time to personally thank each and every one of you who stopped by the table and said hello, who sampled treats, and for those who bought the book – thank you. I appreciate you so much, and hope your shopping experience was a little sweeter with some cupcakes and brownie bombs 🙂

And the best news of all: we sold out! Such an exciting time for me, and I’m so grateful and humbled! This is still super new to me, so the fact that over 30 books were sold on Saturday at that Barnes & Noble alone is mind-blowing.

And it obviously calls for cupcakes. Plenty of cupcakes.

These Chocolate-Frosted Yellow Cupcakes are incredible. The cake is moist, buttery and fluffy, and the chocolate frosting is just out-of-this-world-amazing. It’s SO chocolaty!

The BEST Chocolate-Frosted Yellow Cupcakes: moist, fluffy and buttery vanilla cupcakes topped with a rich, chocolaty and decadent EASY chocolate frosting. So simple, so impressive! Now, you could always go all-vanilla or all-chocolate with your cupcakes, but I love the contrast between a buttery vanilla cake and a chocolate icing. There’s just something about it that’s so classic to me. But as I said, this frosting would be amazing on a chocolate cupcake, or you could make a killer buttercream to frost these equally-killer cupcakes. Whatever floats yo boat!

But whatever you do, pretty please promise you’ll make ’em? I pretty promise they’re worth every bite!

The BEST Chocolate-Frosted Yellow Cupcakes: moist, fluffy and buttery vanilla cupcakes topped with a rich, chocolaty and decadent EASY chocolate frosting. So simple, so impressive!

5.0 from 2 reviews
The Best Chocolate-Frosted Yellow Cupcakes
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These Best-Ever Chocolate-Frosted Yellow Cupcakes truly are the BEST! Moist, fluffy and delicious with a sky-high decadent chocolate frosting. No one will know you took shortcuts to make these fab cupcakes!
Ingredients
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla pudding mix (just the dry mix)
  • 1 & ¼ cups buttermilk
  • ½ cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • FOR FROSTING:
  • ¾ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup heavy cream (may not use all of it)
  • About 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • Chocolate sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 18 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, dry pudding mix, buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla. Beat well with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes or until combined and fluffy.
  3. Distribute batter evenly among baking cups, filling about ¾ full. Bake for approx. 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, cocoa powder and vanilla until creamy, about 1 minute. Add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Stream in the heavy cream a little at a time to thin out the frosting if it is too thick. Frosting should be light and fluffy.
  5. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes; garnish with chocolate sprinkles.

The BEST Chocolate-Frosted Yellow Cupcakes: moist, fluffy and buttery vanilla cupcakes topped with a rich, chocolaty and decadent EASY chocolate frosting. So simple, so impressive! I am officially obsessed with these cupcakes! That frosting is just SO wonderful!

The BEST Chocolate-Frosted Yellow Cupcakes: moist, fluffy and buttery vanilla cupcakes topped with a rich, chocolaty and decadent EASY chocolate frosting. So simple, so impressive! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Quick & Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

These QUICK & EASY Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes are so simple but taste from-scratch and super amazing! I cannot even begin to tell you how EASY these Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes are. Like, they’re basically foolproof.

And that’s saying something for a dessert that you’re required to flip upside down.

Growing up, we never had pineapple upside down cake. In fact, it wasn’t even on my radar until I was a teenager, and even then I believe I thought Sandra Lee invented it because I saw it on her cooking show that I was weirdly obsessed with. (Your teenage years are very, very odd time).

But little did I realize that my angel in white, Sandra Lee, did not invent the pineapple upside down cake. In fact, I’m not sure who invented it, but that person’s a genius and I want to buy them a pina colada because this is like, my newest favorite thing.

A couple weeks ago I made these Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake Bars which were phenomenal. Creamy, dreamy and packed with pineapple flavor. What’s not to love? Since then, I’ve been dreaming of this fantabulous cake and all the different ways I could take those same flavors and incorporate them into a different dessert mashup. But then it hit me.

I didn’t even have a pineapple upside down cake on my blog.

Just go ahead and mail me the ‘worst food blogger ever’ award. Thanks.

I knew this had to change at once, 1) because I’ve been craving pineapple upside down cake fortnightly since I made my cheesecake bars, and 2) because I have yet to meet a person who isn’t mesmerized by the combination of bruleed pineapple and cake. I mean, it’s practically wizardry.

So here you go, in all its (SO SIMPLE OMG) glory: Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes. Just like the cake, but in two-bite morsels that bake up perfectly, take hardly any effort, and are as gorgeous as they are tasty.

You start with a cake mix – duh. I mean sure, you could make your own scratch-made yellow cake – I’m not one to judge – but I like cake mix because I also like shortcuts. You don’t judge me, I don’t judge you. Capiche?

Flavor it up with the usual suspects: eggs, oil, and the juice from the pineapple you’re using. This adds a nice hint of pineapple to the cake batter without it being super pineapple-y. You can, of course, use the Pineapple cake mix if you can find it for a stronger flavor.

Then before you pour the batter into your muffin cups, you gotta make your brown sugar sawce. Mix melted butter and brown sugar. Ta-da! You are now a saucy genius. Distribute this mixture into greased (!!) muffin cups. Then add in your pineapple chunks (I used 3 per cup) and pour over your batter.

Now here’s where we can debate a little bit: some people like using crushed pineapple because they think there’s more pineapple per surface area and other reasons I’m sure. This is totally cool. I consulted with the pineapple upside down gods and they were like, “for sure dude, that rocks.” So it’s honestly to your preference whether or not you want to use crushed pineapple, pineapple chunks, pineapple tidbits… and whatever other shape they make pineapple in.

And then there’s the cherry debate. Do you bake the cherry in the cake mixture or top off the finished product? For these, I topped the finished product with the cherry so it’d look prettier in photos, and also because I couldn’t fit the plump maraschino cherry in between three pineapple chunks. So it was actually a matter of spacial problems than anything else. Again – do what feels right in your soul. Connect on a deeper level with the cherry. What does it tell you to do? Kumbaya, etc. etc.

And then bake it! It’s really that easy. Once it’s baked, let it set for a few minutes – sing your favorite song, fold a couple articles of clothing, walk your dog – and then very carefully flip it onto a baking sheet, tray, platter, etc. You may need to run a knife around the edge of the cake to help release it, but it’ll come out if you greased the daylights out of it… which you should always do.

Last part: EAT.

Now who wants to make me some?

These QUICK & EASY Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes are so simple but taste from-scratch and super amazing!

Quick & Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes
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These Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes are SO SIMPLE to make and they taste from-scratch and absolutely heavenly! No one will know they started with a box mix!
Ingredients
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 & ¼ cups pineapple juice (reserved from the can - if you cannot extract this much pineapple juice, get as much as you can and add water to make it to 1 & ¼ cups)
  • 1 large can pineapple chunks
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • Maraschino cherries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease 24 muffin cups with cooking spray. In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar until combined. Drop heaping Tablespoonfuls of this brown sugar mixture into the bottoms of the cups. Place three pineapple chunks in a star pattern into the brown sugar mixture.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, eggs, oil and pineapple juice until combined, about 2 minutes. Portion the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling about ¾ full.
  3. Bake for approx. 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pans for about 5-7 minutes, then very carefully invert onto a baking sheet, serving platter, tray, etc. You may need to run your knife along the edges of the cupcakes before releasing them.
  4. Garnish with cherries and serve warm or room temperature.

These QUICK & EASY Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes are so simple but taste from-scratch and super amazing! Buttery, brown sugar-y, and with that bruleed pineapple flavor, these cupcakes are rock star! No wonder they’re a classic!

These QUICK & EASY Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes are so simple but taste from-scratch and super amazing! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Cherry Almond Cupcakes

These Cherry Almond Cupcakes are sweet, light and luscious and so easy to prepare! No one will know this easy recipe came from a box! I am the worst music-listener ever.

First, I listen to the same songs over and over and over. Like, if we still used records, my records would be tore up. Seriously, it’s like the songs are going away tomorrow and I have to listen to them repeatedly in order to preserve them in my memory forever.

Second, I hate finding new music to listen to. It’s one of my least favorite tasks, up there with putting socks on damp feet and emptying the dishwasher. I just feel like, if I find a new artist or album and listen to the whole thing and hate it, it would be a huge waste of time, you know? And right now, my time is money… writing a cookbook is taking up every last second of free-time (and non-free-time), so I just don’t have the energy to seek out a new artist.

But why don’t you play a new album while you’re baking, you ask? Because if I don’t know what to expect, I’m way off my game. I’ll start burning stuff, under-beating batter, and tripping all over myself because of this new ambiance that I’m not used to. It’s like I have to bake to what I know in order to be in my “element.” (Also things in my “element”: a stack of magazines, joggers, and powdered sugar in every crevice).

And third, I always fall victim to the latest hits, anyway. I only had to hear Fifth Harmony’s ‘Worth It’ one time before that song permanently etched itself into my brain. So if it’s catchy, poppy, and plays in Hershey’s commercials, you know I’m guaranteed to listen to it really loud while no one’s home. And maybe imitate the choreography. Maybe.

Anyway, let’s talk about these spectacular Cherry Almond Cupcakes. I happen to love the combination of cherry and almond together – it’s sweet, fruity, and totally delicious. These cupcakes start with a cherry chip cake mix – a flavor I often forget about, admittedly – which gives a great cherry base to these cupcakes. Then the frosting is where the almond comes into play – thick, light, luscious sweet almond flavor. Top it off with a maraschino cherry and voila! Instant happiness.

While these cupcakes are perfect year-round, they would be especially great for Valentine’s Day! Top it with festive sprinkles or a drizzle of chocolate sauce to complete the look.

Enjoy!!

These Cherry Almond Cupcakes are sweet, light and luscious and so easy to prepare! No one will know this easy recipe came from a box!

Cherry Almond Cupcakes
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These Cherry Almond Cupcakes are sweet, fruity and utterly delicious!
Ingredients
  • 1 box cherry chip cake mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 small box instant dry vanilla pudding mix
  • ¼ cup maraschino cherry juice
  • FOR FROSTING:
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tsp almond extract (more or less depending on your preferences)
  • About 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Maraschino cherries, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 18 muffin cavities with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, buttermilk, oil, eggs, pudding mix and maraschino cherry juice with an electric mixer for 2 minutes, or until combined. Portion evenly among muffin cups, filling about ¾ full.
  3. Bake for approx. 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. For the frosting, beat together the butter, vanilla, and almond extract until creamy. Alternate adding one cup of the powdered sugar and a little of the heavy cream until frosting is light and fluffy.
  5. Pipe or spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes (if piping, you may want to double the frosting batch). Top with a maraschino cherry. Serve!

These Cherry Almond Cupcakes are sweet, light and luscious and so easy to prepare! No one will know this easy recipe came from a box! Sweet, light, and perfect for any day, you’ll love these cupcakes!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes

These Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Use store bought caramel cupcakes for the ultimate treat! Cupcakes you don’t have to bake!? Say whaaaaaat!?

You read that right.

For this post, I teamed up with Hostess to bring you these Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes. They’re super simple to whip together, don’t require an oven, and are the perfect union between sweet and salty. Plus, they’re crowned with a huge mountain of freshly whipped chocolate buttercream and garnished with a caramel candy. What’s not to love?!

They start with the base: Hostess’ new Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes, which is a limited edition flavor that I know you’ll adore. It starts with a golden vanilla cupcake filled with a caramel creme and topped with velvety caramel icing and a signature squiggle everyone knows and loves. Hostess also unveiled Sea Salt Caramel Zingers, too: sponge cake with their signature creme filling, topped with a ribbon of caramel and covered in smooth milk chocolate. Both are garnished with fresh sea salt too, creating that perfect symphony of sweet and salty flavors.

These Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Use store bought caramel cupcakes for the ultimate treat! Riiiiight?! They are so good, you guys.

And then I went the extra mile and topped these cupcakes with buttercream. I know, I know – but it had to be done. Chocolate and salted caramel just go hand-in-hand. This buttercream is light, fluffy and ultra luscious – you’ll love it, especially paired on top of these moist and soft cupcakes.

Both the Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes and Zingers are only available through 7/31, so be sure to make up for lost time and make these cupcakes ASAP!

These Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Use store bought caramel cupcakes for the ultimate treat!

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Quicky & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes
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These Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes are topped with an ultra rich and incredibly delicious chocolate buttercream everyone will love!
Ingredients
  • About 12 Hostess Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes, unwrapped (or any flavor cupcake)
  • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • About 5 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk, if needed
  • Chocolate-caramel candies, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, vanilla and cocoa powder with the paddle attachment until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. Add in the milk only if the frosting is too thick and pasty.
  2. Pipe the frosting high onto the Hostess Cupcakes. Garnish with a chocolate-caramel candy. Serve immediately.

These Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Use store bought caramel cupcakes for the ultimate treat! Piled high with luscious chocolate buttercream, these Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Be sure to look for them in your grocery store before July 31 🙂

To connect with Hostess for more product information and recipes, be sure to visit them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest where they regularly share fun recipes, tips and tricks and sweet news!

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

Hostess sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

The Best Cheesecake Cupcakes

These Cheesecake Cupcakes are delightfully easy cupcakes that taste just like rich and creamy cheesecake!A lot has changed since the last time I blogged about Cheesecake Cupcakes.

For one, I’m no longer dating Jessie, but we are still good friends and talk occasionally.

And for two, I’d like to think my photography has gotten better since 2011 🙂

And for three, I used to film cooking videos with Jessie way back when, and so I’ll include the (embarrassing) video for your viewing (cringing) pleasure at the end of this post… and I’d love it if you could excuse the fact that I weighed a good 60 pounds lighter than I do now. (Hey, a lot can change in four years).

But let’s not talk about weight right before I introduce you to these cupcakes.

In fact, if it were humanly possible to time travel back to 2011, I wouldn’t do it…even if it meant fitting back into my size 8 jeans. Mostly because I like where I am right now, despite the fact that there are some hangups. But aren’t there always hangups, even in the best situations?

Perhaps not, but I’d rather there be some minor hangups in my otherwise happy life than it being perfect. Why? Because when things are too perfect, I start to get worried something very bad will happen soon. And inevitably, it does…and usually involves money, of which I do not have.

C’est la vie?

These Cheesecake Cupcakes are delightfully easy cupcakes that taste just like rich and creamy cheesecake!Anywho, this post is going nowhere fast so I better wrap it up before we’re all crying. (Or is that just me?) These Cheesecake Cupcakes are basically the best thing ever, so I strongly suggest you make them ASAP. You can also, if possible, avoid my video because it is mortally embarrassing that I sound like a teenage-boy-about-to-become-a-man. This is everyday life, folks.

Remember when I mentioned ‘hangups’?

These Cheesecake Cupcakes are delightfully easy cupcakes that taste just like rich and creamy cheesecake!

5.0 from 4 reviews
The Best Cheesecake Cupcakes
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These Cheesecake Cupcakes are perfect for serious cheesecake lovers! Flavored like creamy vanilla cheesecake and with cheesecake in the batter, they're the ultimate cheesecake treat.
Ingredients
  • 1 box yellow cake mix + ingredients on back of box
  • 1 small box sugar free/fat free cheesecake instant pudding
  • 1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • About 4 cups powdered sugar
  • About 4 honey graham crackers, crushed into a fine crumb
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with 24 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, egg and powdered sugar until blended and thick, about 1 minute. This is your cheesecake filling. Set it aside.
  3. In a large bowl, prepare cake mix according to package instructions. Stir in cheesecake pudding mix until blended. Portion batter evenly into muffin tins, about ⅔ full. Add one heaping Tablespoon of cheesecake filling and spoon it on top of the batter. Bake cupcakes for about 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted around the edge of the cupcake comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Allow to cool completely.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, cream cheese and vanilla with the paddle attachment until creamy and light, about 2 minutes. Gradually add in the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy.
  5. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes, taking care to cover the cheesecake middles of the cakes. Garnish with graham cracker crumbs. Serve! Store leftovers in the fridge, covered.

These Cheesecake Cupcakes are delightfully easy cupcakes that taste just like rich and creamy cheesecake!These taste just like cheesecake but in a moist, sweet cupcake form! You’ll love them if you’re a cheesecake fan like I am! 🙂

Here’s the video. I don’t need to know your thoughts, ha!

These Cheesecake Cupcakes are delightfully easy cupcakes that taste just like rich and creamy cheesecake!Have a sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

 

Churro Cupcakes

These Churro Cupcakes are bursting with cinnamon sugary goodness in every bite! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any occasion that calls for a moist, sweet and fluffy cinnamon-spiced cupcake topped with a crispy churro!So as I’m writing this, I’m on hold for the IRS.

I guess they get angry with you if you neglect to select a payment plan before April 15. In my defense, their online portal doesn’t work and calling them means shaving off four hours of waiting time off of my life, so I didn’t do either. I figure, if they want their money, they’ll call me, right?

Well. Not really. They just send angry letters. (Seriously, the only letter I’ve received in about, oh, YEARS). I’m convinced my penpals all died.

Which reminds me of the time when Xanga, an online journal website, was super popular and I was on there, writing my daily beef and meeting other like-minded emotional teenagers like myself. And without really knowing who they were except that they loved the colors hot pink and lime green together and listened to the same music I did, I would give them my address so we could be penpals. I’m sure if my parents knew they’d be horrified, but I didn’t seem to think that this is OMG THE WORST IDEA EVER.

Thankfully I was never visited by any scary old hairy men and I got letters back with girly calligraphy which doesn’t say much but whatever. We’d send each other mix tapes and letters relaying information about our boyfriends and how our lives were so0o rough and lament that we didn’t live closer, which in retrospect is probably a good thing seeing as I wasn’t positive who I was chatting with.

WHY WAS I SO CREEPY?

This also reminds me of the fact that telephone waiting music is AWFUL. I mean, terrible, horrible, downright AWFUL. Whoever composes these ditties must be a sad, sad person because the distorted sounds of synthesizers and violins aren’t calming, they’re grating to my nerves and making me moderately homicidal. Especially the ones that play the SAME SONG over and over and over until your eyeballs feel like they’re going numb? Kill me nooooow. It’s the worst when you actually begin tapping your foot to the rockin’ drum beat at the very end of the song. I just about jumped off a cliff when I realized I was actually tiny-dancing to the song.

You know, tiny-dancing. When you’re not actually dancing but dancing a little. Tiny-dancing.

Anyway. I guess the IRS makes you pay for not paying in any way they can, right?

These Churro Cupcakes are bursting with cinnamon sugary goodness in every bite! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any occasion that calls for a moist, sweet and fluffy cinnamon-spiced cupcake topped with a crispy churro!With Cinco de Mayo coming up, I figured I needed a recipe to celebrate one of my favorite eating holidays of all time. These Churro Cupcakes fit the bill – they’re moist cinnamon spiced cupcakes topped with a luscious vanilla buttercream and garnished with a crispy baked churro. They’re positively divine for any serious cinnamon lover, and they have the same churro taste in a sweet and fluffy cupcake. In one word? Irresistible!

And unlike waiting for the IRS to answer their phone, these cupcakes are worth the wait.

These Churro Cupcakes are bursting with cinnamon sugary goodness in every bite! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any occasion that calls for a moist, sweet and fluffy cinnamon-spiced cupcake topped with a crispy churro!*adapted from my Churro Cupcakes recipe

4.9 from 8 reviews
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These Churro Cupcakes are packed with cinnamon sugar flavor and are garnished with a freshly baked, crispy churro. Ole!
Ingredients
  • 1 box French Vanilla cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 small box sugar free/fat free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • FOR FROSTING:
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk
  • About 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Baked churros, chopped into 1-2" pieces (you can find these in the frozen section typically)
  • Cinnamon sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two muffin tins with about 16 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, prepare the cake mix according to package directions. Stir the pudding mix and cinnamon into the batter to combine. Portion the batter evenly among the muffin tins, filling about ¾" of the way full. Bake for approx. 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, vanilla and cinnamon until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar in, about one cup at a time, until thick and fluffy. Use the milk to thin out the frosting if needed.
  4. Pipe frosting high onto cooled cupcakes and garnish with a freshly baked churro piece and a dusting of cinnamon sugar.

These Churro Cupcakes are bursting with cinnamon sugary goodness in every bite! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any occasion that calls for a moist, sweet and fluffy cinnamon-spiced cupcake topped with a crispy churro!These are just jam-packed with cinnamon sugar flavor and a slight crunch from the cinnamon sugar topping. They totally have a snickerdoodle/churro flavor going on which is so delicious and perfect for Cinco de Mayo! Take these cupcakes over-the-top by drizzling on dulce de leche or Mexican hot fudge sauce!

These Churro Cupcakes are bursting with cinnamon sugary goodness in every bite! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any occasion that calls for a moist, sweet and fluffy cinnamon-spiced cupcake topped with a crispy churro!Have a super sweet Friday!

xo, Hayley

 

Key Lime Pie Cupcakes

These sweet and tart Key Lime Pie Cupcakes are packed with juicy key lime flavor and a sweet graham cracker sprinkle. They taste exactly like zesty key lime pie but in cupcake form!Key Lime Pie Cupcakes, which I’m pretty sure are everyone’s new favorite. They’re so good.

Similar to my Lemon Bar Cupcakes, these cupcakes are packed with juicy key lime flavor in every bite! They have a fabulous key lime filling and a thick, luscious key lime pie frosting that’s garnished with little sprinkles of honey graham crackers. Talk about the ultimate Key Lime Pie!

These sweet and tart Key Lime Pie Cupcakes are packed with juicy key lime flavor and a sweet graham cracker sprinkle. They taste exactly like zesty key lime pie but in cupcake form!Or the ultimate Key Lime Pie Cupcake…

Yep. Exactly what the doctor ordered.

These sweet and tart Key Lime Pie Cupcakes are packed with juicy key lime flavor and a sweet graham cracker sprinkle. They taste exactly like zesty key lime pie but in cupcake form!*adapted from my Lemon Bar Cupcakes recipe

5.0 from 2 reviews
Key Lime Pie Cupcakes
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These fabulous cupcakes taste just like a slice of sweet and tart key lime pie!
Ingredients
  • 1 box key lime cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup key lime juice
  • Zest of one lime
  • 1 can Duncan Hines Key Lime Pie Filling
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • About 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • Crushed honey graham cracker crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin pans with about 18 paper liners; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil, water, lime zest, and key lime juice and beat with a handheld electric mixer for about 2 minutes or until combined. Portion evenly into the prepared muffin cups, filling about ¾ full. Bake for approx. 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  3. Using a paring knife or cupcake corer, core the cupcakes, careful not to cut all the way through the bottom of the cake. Discard centers. Fill with the prepared key lime pie filling. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, about ⅓ cup of the key lime pie filling and the vanilla on medium-high for about 2 minutes, or until fluffy. Add the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy.
  5. Pipe frosting high onto filled cupcakes, careful to cover the filling completely. Garnish with crushed graham crackers. Serve immediately or store leftovers airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days.

These sweet and tart Key Lime Pie Cupcakes are packed with juicy key lime flavor and a sweet graham cracker sprinkle. They taste exactly like zesty key lime pie but in cupcake form!Sweet, tart and bursting with key lime flavor, these fruity cupcakes will transport you right to the Florida Keys without ever leaving the house! I love the fresh lime flavor and the filling is such a zingy, perfect surprise to the sweetness of the frosting and lime cake.

These sweet and tart Key Lime Pie Cupcakes are packed with juicy key lime flavor and a sweet graham cracker sprinkle. They taste exactly like zesty key lime pie but in cupcake form!Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Marshmallow Puff Cupcakes

These Marshmallow Puff Cupcakes are fudgy chocolate cupcakes topped with a sweet marshmallow buttercream and a Little Debbie Marshmallow Puff Cookie!I’m so happy to be bringing you these delicious Marshmallow Puff Cupcakes today on behalf of Little Debbie!

Little Debbie and I go waaaaay back. We’ve been friends since before I can remember! My childhood days consisted of Nutty Bars, Oatmeal Creme Pies and Cosmic Brownies. So when Little Debbie asked me to create some fun recipes with their seasonal product line, I was happy to agree!

These Marshmallow Puff Cupcakes are fudgy chocolate cupcakes topped with a sweet marshmallow buttercream and a Little Debbie Marshmallow Puff Cookie!And these Marshmallow Puffs? THE. BEST. Forreals. They are so gooey and fudgy and perfect, and I’m obsessed with the fun spring-time sprinkles on top. They truly are the inspiration for their namesake cupcake, which is a fudgy chocolate cupcake topped with a heavenly puff of marshmallow buttercream.

Tremendous. Marvelous. Indulgent. Incredible. I cannot stress this enough!

These Marshmallow Puff Cupcakes are fudgy chocolate cupcakes topped with a sweet marshmallow buttercream and a Little Debbie Marshmallow Puff Cookie!These would make for such a wonderful Easter dessert since they’re so easy – simply pop a Marshmallow Puff on top of each frosted cupcake for an adorable and delicious garnish. No one will be able to resist these pillowy cupcakes!

(And you don’t want to know who ate ALL of the remaining Marshmallow Puffs I got. Seriously dude, call Marshmallow Puffs Anonymous. I killllllled two boxes!)

Diet starts tomorrow. NOT.

These Marshmallow Puff Cupcakes are fudgy chocolate cupcakes topped with a sweet marshmallow buttercream and a Little Debbie Marshmallow Puff Cookie!

5.0 from 1 reviews
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These Marshmallow Puff Cupcakes are delightful chocolate cupcakes topped with a pillowy soft marshmallow buttercream and garnished with Little Debbie Marshmallow Puff Cookies for a fun and tasty springtime treat!
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 small box chocolate instant pudding mix (just the dry mix)
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • ½ cup marshmallow fluff
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • About 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk, if needed
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • About 16 Little Debbie Marshmallow Puff Cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 16 paper liners. Set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, prepare the cake batter according to package directions. Stir the box of chocolate pudding mix into the batter.
  2. Portion the batter evenly among the cupcake tins, filling about ¾ full. Bake for approx. 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes completely.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, marshmallow fluff and vanilla extract until creamy, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about one cup at a time, until light and fluffy. Add in the milk if frosting is too thick.
  4. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes and dredge the sides of the frosted cupcakes in sprinkles. Top with a Marshmallow Puff Cookie. Serve immediately, or store leftovers airtight at room temperature.

These Marshmallow Puff Cupcakes are fudgy chocolate cupcakes topped with a sweet marshmallow buttercream and a Little Debbie Marshmallow Puff Cookie!So again – these cookies. They’re so impossibly fudgy and chocolaty and topped with the softest cloud of marshmallow. Then the whole thing is coated in white chocolate and sprinkles – talk about heaven on earth, people. These cupcakes are like a giant, cakey version of these cookies, and combined, it’s a force to be reckoned with.

Have a super sweet day, and stay tuned for more Little Debbie-inspired treats!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I am working with Little Debbie to bring you fun, springtime recipes featuring their seasonal products. I was not compensated for this post except for product and all opinions, as always, are 100% my own. 

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