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. 

Lemon Bar Cupcakes

Lemon Bar Cupcakes are light, luscious lemon cupcakes filled with lemon curd filling and topped with a lemon bar filling frosting! The ultimate cupcake for a lemon lover! love lemon desserts. They’re easily one of my favorites in anything – cakes, cookies, bars, you name it. And lemon totally reminds me of springtime, but without the allergies, sinus infections, pollen everywhere, and random days of hot weather that spring usually brings.

All that I can do without.

And one of the first things I baked when I first started baking was lemon bars. Well… my version of lemon bars. It was simply lemon cake mix, baked into a bar recipe, and studded with white chocolate chips. They were so simple but so delicious, and to this day they’re still one of my family’s favorite recipes.

Lemon Bar Cupcakes are light, luscious lemon cupcakes filled with lemon curd filling and topped with a lemon bar filling frosting! The ultimate cupcake for a lemon lover! These Lemon Bar Cupcakes get their name because they have lemon bar filling inside the cupcake and in the luscious frosting. They’re sweet, tart, and bursting with lemon flavor from that irresistible lemon bar filling, and they have just the right hint of crunch and sparkle from the yellow sugar sprinkled on top.

Springtime in a cupcake – with no traces of allergies? Sign me up!

Lemon Bar Cupcakes are light, luscious lemon cupcakes filled with lemon curd filling and topped with a lemon bar filling frosting! The ultimate cupcake for a lemon lover!

5.0 from 1 reviews
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These Lemon Bar Cupcakes get their name from the lemon bar filling in the cupcake and in the frosting! Luscious, light, and bursting with flavor, these cupcakes epitomize springtime!
Ingredients
  • 1 box lemon cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 small box lemon pudding mix (just the dry mix - I used sugar free, but you can use any kind)
  • 1 can Duncan Hines Lemon Pie Filling
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • About 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • Yellow sanding sugar, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350* degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 18 paper liners. Set aside. Meanwhile, prepare the cake mix according to package directions on back of box. Stir in the lemon dry pudding mix to incorporate.
  2. Fill each muffin tin about ¾ of the way full with the batter. Bake for approx. 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool the cupcakes completely.
  3. Using a small paring knife or a cupcake corer, core the cupcakes and discard centers, being careful not to puncture through the cupcake's bottom. You only want to core about halfway through the cupcake. Fill with some of the lemon pie filling.
  4. Now, to make your frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter, vanilla extract, and ⅓ cup of the lemon pie filling until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. You may not need all of the powdered sugar. If frosting becomes too thick, add in a little more lemon pie filling.
  5. Spoon the frosting into a piping bag attached with a large open-star tip. Begin piping the frosting onto the cupcakes, taking care to cover the lemon filling in the center. Sprinkle immediately with the yellow sanding sugar. Serve immediately, or store cupcakes airtight at room temperature for up to a day, or airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Lemon Bar Cupcakes are light, luscious lemon cupcakes filled with lemon curd filling and topped with a lemon bar filling frosting! The ultimate cupcake for a lemon lover!

Lemon Bar Cupcakes are light, luscious lemon cupcakes filled with lemon curd filling and topped with a lemon bar filling frosting! The ultimate cupcake for a lemon lover! You guys – I cannot emphasize enough at how marvelous these cupcakes are! So light and fluffy, with that creamy lemon bar frosting and the gooey lemon bar filling. These are the ultimate springtime lemon cupcakes for a lemon dessert lover!

Lemon Bar Cupcakes are light, luscious lemon cupcakes filled with lemon curd filling and topped with a lemon bar filling frosting! The ultimate cupcake for a lemon lover! Hope you have a sweet Sunday!

xo, Hayley

 

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes {And Celebrating Baskin-Robbins New Flavor of the Month!}

Snacknado Ice Cream CupcakesYou heard me: Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes, people!

So let’s back it up here for a sec. Snacknado is Baskin-Robbins’ newest Flavor of the Month, and I am Baskin-Robbins’ newest Pink Spoon Ambassador! Can we clink our waffle cones in celebration? I’m just a tad (okay, hugely!) excited.

Snacknado Ice Cream features a salty-caramel flavored ice cream base studded with chocolate-covered potato chips and pretzels, swirled together with candy chocolate pieces and ribbons of fudge and salted caramel. Phew. In other words, it’s the best, most dreamy ice cream for sweet-and-salty lovers like myself! It’s like a whirlwind of all of your favorite snack foods in one amazing cupcake.

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!I mean… chocolate covered potato chips? In ice cream? I’m dead.

And if you thought this couldn’t possibly be any crazier, you thought wrong, because you’re currently reading a crazy-person’s blog, and this crazy person happened to bake the Snacknado Ice Cream inside of these here cupcakes. I know. These cupcakes are baked with melted Baskin-Robbins Snacknado Ice Cream inside of the batter, lending a fabulous creaminess to the batter and flavors these cupcakes in rich caramel-y notes with bits of pretzels and candy pieces in every bite. They’re luscious, sweet, salty, buttery and oh-so-divine, and when topped with a salted caramel and chocolate swirled buttercream and more chocolate-covered potato chips, pretzels and a drizzle of caramel? Honnnney. You’re in for a whirlwind of flavor that’s about to crash land into your mouth.

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!‘Nuff said.

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!

5.0 from 1 reviews
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These sweet-and-salty cupcakes are based off of Baskin-Robbins' newest flavor, Snacknado. Caramel ice cream cupcakes are filled with a hot fudge ganache center, topped with a luscious chocolate-and-caramel swirled buttercream, then garnished with chocolate covered potato chips, pretzels, and caramel. Heaven!
Ingredients
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 pint (2 cups) Baskin-Robbins Snacknado Ice Cream, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup water or milk
  • ½ cup hot fudge sauce
  • FOR CARAMEL BUTTERCREAM:
  • 1 & ½ sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened
  • ½ cup caramel sauce (the thicker, the better!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • About ¼ cup heavy cream or milk
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • FOR CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM:
  • 1 & ½ sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened
  • ½ cup hot fudge sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • About ¼ cup heavy cream or milk
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • FOR GARNISH:
  • Chocolate-covered potato chips (either homemade or store-bought)
  • Chocolate-covered pretzels
  • Caramel sauce, for drizzling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 20 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, eggs, oil, water, and softened Snacknado Ice Cream with a handheld electric mixer on low speed, just to combine. Increase speed to medium and beat for about 2 minutes, or until fluffy and blended. Portion batter evenly among muffin cups, 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. Once cupcakes are cooled, use a sharp, small paring knife to cut the cores out of the cupcakes. Be careful not to cut completely through the cupcake; you just want to go about halfway deep. Fill the wells of the cupcake with about a teaspoon of hot fudge sauce - the room temperature sauce, when it's thickest. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, caramel sauce, and vanilla with the paddle attachment until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar and milk and beat until light and fluffy. Transfer the mixture into a separate bowl and wipe the mixer bowl and blade clean. Then, beat together the butter, hot fudge sauce and vanilla with the paddle attachment until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar and milk and beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Using a large disposable piping bag (I fixed mine with a large open star tip) spoon the caramel buttercream into ONE side of the bag, and spoon the chocolate buttercream into the opposite side of the bag, lining them up. It's okay if they're a little uneven; try to get them as evenly lined up as possible.
  6. Pipe high swirls of buttercream onto each cupcake, careful to cover the hot fudge center. Immediately garnish with the chocolate covered potato chips and pretzels and drizzle with salted caramel. Serve immediately! These cupcakes are best eaten the same day they are made.

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!Oh my heavens, people! These cupcakes are positively scrumptious. The creaminess of the cupcake from the melted ice cream, the swirls of divine chocolate and salted caramel buttercream frostings, and the garnish of the sweet and salty pretzels and potato chips makes these cupcakes out of this world. I also love the surprise hot fudge center, the ‘eye’ of this flavor tornado :)

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!

Be sure to check out Baskin-Robbins to find a location nearest you so YOU can try out their latest Snacknado Flavor of the Month! You can also connect with Baskin-Robbins on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest for recipes, ideas, new flavors and more!

Hope you have a super SWEET day!!

xo, Hayley

I am the newest Pink Spoon Ambassador for Baskin-Robbins! All opinions are 100% my own, as always. 

 

Neapolitan Cupcakes {And A HUGE Bloggiversary Party GIVEAWAY!!}

Neapolitan CupcakesI am so so so glad you’re here today, because today I’m having a special bloggiversary party to kick off two very important things: my blog’s 4th birthday (omg!), and my blog’s new design (yay!).

It’s so crazy to think that four years ago, I had just created this blog. I was so excited to get started and create something that was completely my own where I could share my funny stories and wacky anecdotes, and where I could challenge myself to concoct unique desserts. And if I’m being frank here, I think I’ve succeeded!

DSC_0235ASince being born in 2011, The Domestic Rebel has grown far beyond what I could have imagined, with tens of thousands of fans on my combined social channels, working with top brands in the industry like The Pampered Chef, Kitchen Aid, Tieks, and the Real California Milk Advisory Board, and meeting so many fabulous people and making so many new fantastic blog friends. I’m so forever humbled and grateful to my opportunities because I know this job can be fleeting, and something bigger and better could come around the corner and turn my space on the interwebs into an even smaller particle of the world. It’s important to me to remain grateful to this awesome job and the people who make it possible: YOU!

DSC_0210ASorry to be sappy, but you guys rule my life. I love you all so much for coming to my blog, commenting on my posts, liking my Facebook and Instagram statuses, repinning my Pinterest pics, and overall being such a loyal, fun and supportive bunch. If I could, I’d bake you all the biggest, gooeiest cookie to resemble how I feel about you: oozing with lotsa love!

So with 4 years on the blog, it was also time for a change. A new facelift, to be precise. I’m positively loving my new design from the talented Erika S. at Designer Blogs. I think she perfectly encapsulated who I am as a blogger and person – with my intense love for donuts, to the rebellious-yet-fun new logo of my spatula and whisk crossbones, to the funky fonts I love so dear.

Besides the new look, here are a couple new features you’ll love:

1) The hovering Pin-It button on each picture makes it even simpler to directly Pin my creations to you favorite Pinterest boards. Simply click the donut icon that pops up in the right upper corner of each picture and voila! Instantly pinned. So easy!
2) Sharing couldn’t be easier with the new Share bar on the bottom of each post. Directly link my posts and pictures to your Facebook or Twitter feeds, Stumble them, or even email it to friends and family. No copying of links or saving pictures necessary.
3) The NEW Recipe Index makes searching for recipes a breeze, thanks mainly to the new visual icons for every recipe. I’m still working on a couple of the older posts that don’t have pictures, but they’re still accessible through the links. Craving chocolate? Simply click the Chocolate link and instantly be taken to a page where you can access all recipes tagged with ‘chocolate.’ This definitely helps streamline searching for your favorite recipes, or getting ideas of what you want to make!
4) You may also like… the new linked-within feature on every post! Featuring a handful of some older, archived posts, this is a great way to see stuff you haven’t seen (and some of my first recipes!) for more inspiration.

DSC_0206AI am SO VERY HAPPY (!!) with my new design and I seriously hope you love it, too! I really feel like this design perfectly defines who I am and I hope you’ll find the new look and features to be just as awesome as I do!

DSC_0220AAnd to kick off this brand new blog design and celebrating four blissful years blogging, I’m throwing a fabulous party and you’re all invited! And lemme just say, the party favors are pretty damn cool — there ain’t no gumballs or cheap plastic yo-yos here.

tieksFor being such an awesome person, you can enter to win three prizes! The GRAND PRIZE is a pair of Tieks Ballet Flats (a $200 value!!), the highly coveted and ever-so-stylish flats I’ve talked about prior and that are sweeping the world with their sleek appearance, shocking comfort, and gorgeous hues. Not only are Tieks incredibly comfy, but they come in a wide range of styles, colors and sizes to fit everyone perfectly. Amazing!

toofacedSECOND PLACE PRIZE is Too Faced’s brand-spankin’-new Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette! With sixteen flattering, highly-pigmented shades, this palette is perfect for everyone! Shades range from a bright blue called Blueberry Muffin, to a gold-flecked brown named Hot Fudge, to a shimmery sweet Butter Pecan highlighter color. Each shade is packed with real cocoa, giving a sweet aroma with every brush stroke. This limited edition palette is a fan favorite among beauty bloggers and fashionistas everywhere!

baskinrobbinsAnd last but not least, THIRD PLACE PRIZE is a $25 gift card to Baskin Robbins ice cream! The worst thing about 31 flavors? All the options to choose from! From Cherries Jubilee to Baseball Nut, Baskin Robbins has some of the best ice cream around! Second only to donuts, ice cream is one of my favorite desserts, and the Neapolitan color scheme is a clear theme in my new blog design. I absolutely love the sweet shades of rich chocolate brown, bubblegum-pink strawberry and creamy vanilla and love how they translated into my new look!

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Okay, now who’s hungry? For today’s recipe, I thought I’d throw it back to one of my first-ever posts: Neapolitan Cupcakes! I made these for a bakery-themed 20th birthday party I had and they were an instant success. Everyone loved the cool two-toned cupcake flavors and the rich strawberry buttercream on top, and I knew I wanted to recreate them and give them a sweet, updated look for this special day.

So without further adieu, take a bite out of these ultra-sweet and fun to eat Neapolitan Ice Cream Cupcakes! :)

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4.9 from 29 reviews
Neapolitan Cupcakes {And A HUGE Bloggiversary Party GIVEAWAY!!}
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Two-toned chocolate and vanilla cake is topped with a swirl of sweet strawberry buttercream to mimic the classic flavors of Neapolitan ice cream! Kids and adults alike will love these fun cupcakes as a nod to a sweet childhood-favorite.
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 box white cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 small box sugar-free fat-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 small box sugar-free fat-free instant chocolate pudding mix
  • ¾ cup (1 & ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup seedless strawberry jam (I like Smuckers Simply Fruit)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tsp strawberry extract (depending on how strong you'd like it)
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • About 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Red food coloring
  • White non-pareils sprinkles
  • Maraschino cherries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 18 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the chocolate and vanilla cake mixes in separate bowls using the ingredients and directions on the back of the boxes. Stir the vanilla pudding mix (the dry mix) into the vanilla cake batter, and stir the chocolate pudding mix into the chocolate cake batter. Allow the batters to set for about 5 minutes until thickened.
  3. Working quickly with two separate cookie dough scoops or spoons, spoon about a heaping Tablespoonful of batter onto the left side of the cupcake liner with one flavor. Then immediately spoon the other flavor onto the right side of the cupcake liner. Repeat layers, filling the cupcake liners about ¾ full. You should have roughly around 18 cupcakes, maybe a couple more depending on the box mixes.
  4. Bake for approx. 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out mostly clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  5. While cupcakes cool, make your frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, strawberry jam, vanilla, strawberry extract and milk with the paddle attachment for about 2 minutes or until creamy. Add in the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until a light and fluffy texture has been achieved. Add in food coloring, only a couple drops at a time, and beat until a light desired pink shade has been achieved.
  6. Spoon the frosting into the piping bag attached with an open star tip. Pipe high onto cooled cupcakes and immediately garnish with white non-pareils sprinkles and a cherry. Serve immediately or store leftovers airtight in the fridge.
  7. *NOTE: If you want to pipe the frosting thick onto the cupcakes, consider doubling or tripling the recipe.*

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DSC_0246ARich chocolate, creamy vanilla and sweet strawberry combine to create these decadent, delicious and festive Neapolitan cupcakes that taste strikingly similar to the classic ice cream flavor. The two-toned and dual-flavored cupcake is a striking, graphic touch with the bright, bubblegum pink-frosting on top. If you’d like, garnish these cupcakes with waffle cone pieces or pirouline cookies or slices of strawberry. You could also top the cakes with chocolate and white chocolate curls for a prettier touch.

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for being a great fan of The Domestic Rebel! Love you! Mean it :)

xo, Hayley

*In the interest of full disclosure, I was generously provided with the Tieks grand prize (retailing at a $200 value) from Tieks. All other prizes were purchased on my own. All opinions are 100% my own and always will be. Winners will be chosen at random through the Rafflecopter widget on 2/24/2015 and will be notified via email. Winners will have 24 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is chosen. First winner randomly chosen will receive the grand prize, second winner randomly chosen will receive the second prize, and so on. 

 

 

Peanut Brittle Cupcakes

Peanut Brittle CupcakesPeanut brittle is one of those candies that I totally love but often overlook. One, because it isn’t sold in many stores, and two, because it isn’t as common as your average M&M’s or Skittles.

But when I am around it? Lawd have mercy, homedog. I’m scarfing it down like it’s my day job. It’s just so addictive!

Since I still have an enormous fear of candy thermometers (seriously, I do not have time for high-maintenance candy!) I haven’t actually made my own peanut brittle at home. If we’re being honest, I find it easier to just stock up at See’s Candies and get it for $6/box than stress over a pot of boiling caramel. Not my idea of a good time. Eating the peanut brittle, however, is a great time.

So while I haven’t mastered the brittle itself, I have mastered these scrumptious cupcakes! I have to admit, the peanut brittle flavor is spot-on. If you could somehow bottle it up and drink that delectable peanut butter caramel flavor, it would be the best beverage evah. But for now, you’ll have to settle with eating your cupcake and your peanut brittle, too. These are the best!

DSC_0316ASkip the candy thermom mama drama and buy yourself a box of brittle… and the ingredients for these cupcakes. You’ll be glad you did!

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Peanutty and caramel, these Peanut Brittle Cupcakes taste like the addictive candy without the fuss of making it. Top with your favorite homemade or store-bought brittle for the perfect, tasty garnish.
Ingredients
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup caramel flavored syrup (NOT sundae sauce, but the kind you can use to flavor your coffee, like by Torani)
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter (I like Jif!)
  • FOR FROSTING:
  • 1 & ½ sticks butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup caramel flavored syrup
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk, if needed
  • About 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Peanut Brittle, prepared or your favorite homemade recipe, broken into shards
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two standard muffin tins with about 16 paper liners; set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, oil, eggs, water, caramel syrup and peanut butter together with a handheld electric mixer for about 2 minutes or until blended. Distribute batter evenly among the cupcake tins, filling about ¾" full.
  2. Bake for approximately 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with light crumbs. Cool the cupcakes completely while you prepare the frosting.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, peanut butter, vanilla and caramel syrup with the paddle attachment until creamy and blended. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about one cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. Add the milk if frosting is too thick.
  4. Spoon the frosting into a disposable piping bag attached with a large open star tip. Pipe the frosting high onto the cooled cupcakes, then garnish with a couple of shards of peanut brittle. Top with caramel sundae syrup if you'd like! Serve immediately.

DSC_0324AThese are FABULOUS! They’re a must-try. If you haven’t had caramel + peanut butter before, you must give this insanely-delicious combination a go. It’s a total winner and is what makes the flavor in these delectable Peanut Brittle Cupcakes so spot-on!

Have a fantastic day!

xo, Hayley

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Marshmallow Frosting

GingerbreadCupcakesI’ve decided that I’m never shopping at Target again, because every time I do, something mortally embarrassing happens.

Like the time I told the cashier I was going to eat Oreos naked (wrong context). Or the time my mom was my wing-woman.

ANYWHO. A couple days ago I was in the big red bulls-eye when the sparkly, frilly, feathery wonders of the little girls clothing section drew me in. Since I’m buddy-buddy with Dorothy’s kiddo Jordan, I figured I’d find her some can’t-live-without glitter-smothered dress for Christmas and began my search. As I was knee-deep in sparkles and sequins and loving every minute of it, an employee approached me and asked if I needed any help.

A simple enough question, but for me to answer it? Oh lawdddd have mercy.

I could have simply said, “yes, I’m fine, thanks.” But instead I said, “Yes, I’m okay. I’m just looking right now. I mean, I don’t even own a child, so I’m not sure why I’m here, but I’m okay, thanks.”

Seriously. Don’t even own a child. OWN. I said “own.” What in god’s name is wrong with me?

The employee kind of looked at me strangely and did one of those awkward polite chuckles, but I knew she was probably making secret signals to the surveillance cameras to get a closer look at me so they could put me on some kind of Crazy Person List as the lady who doesn’t “own” kids and who shops in the children’s department just ’cause. *sigh*

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DSC_0150ASo after realizing I’m a weirdo, I left and went home to bake cupcakes. Cupcakes make everything better, even if you are on Target’s blacklist for being a creeper. Thankfully, cupcakes aren’t judgmental and they are a really scrumptious way to feel better about your shortcomings. These Gingerbread Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Marshmallow Frosting certainly do the trick and are so festive for the upcoming Christmas holiday!

Now get to eating, you weirdo!

DSC_0149A *adapted from my Gingerbread Cupcakes, in the archives

5.0 from 2 reviews
Gingerbread Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Marshmallow Frosting
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Soft, spicy gingerbread cupcakes are topped with a sinfully light and fluffy vanilla bean marshmallow frosting that's to-die for! These irresistible Christmas cupcakes are every bit as delicious as they are festive.
Ingredients
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • FOR FROSTING:
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow creme
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or substitute vanilla extract)
  • ¼ cup cream or milk
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • Gingerbread Sprinkles and Cookies, for optional garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 16 paper liners and set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, water, oil, eggs, ginger, cinnamon and allspice with an electric mixer until blended, about 2 minutes.
  2. Evenly distribute the batter among the muffin cups, filling about ¾ths full. You should have roughly around 16 cupcakes.
  3. Bake for approx. 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of a cupcake comes back clean or with moist crumbs. Cool the cupcakes completely.
  4. To make the frosting: in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, marshmallow creme, and vanilla bean paste until blended, about 1 minute. Gradually add in the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, then stream in the milk or cream to help thin the frosting out, adding more milk or cream as needed. Frosting should be light and fluffy.
  5. Fill a piping bag attached with a large open star tip with the frosting. Pipe high onto cooled cupcakes and garnish with gingerbread men sprinkles and a gingerbread cookie if desired. Serve immediately or store cookies airtight at room temperature or in the fridge. Note that the cookies on top will get softer with time, especially in the fridge, so if you're planning on storing them for a later time I would garnish with the cookies right before serving.

DSC_0160AThe Vanilla Bean Marshmallow Frosting is the perfect light, sweet and fluffy accompaniment to these spicy, irresistible gingerbread cupcakes! Nothing is more festive or fabulous for the holiday season!

Hope you have a delicious day!

xo, Hayley

 

Bloody Eyeball Cupcakes

bloodyeyeballThese are dedicated to my brother, Alex, who has an absolutely crippling fear of eyeballs.

I’m such a great older sister.

It may be hard to believe, but as I kid I really wanted to fit in. When a classmate came to school one day wearing a training bra, I was so green with envy that the next day I wore a swimsuit top and told everyone I was wearing a training bra. No, not creepy, weird or pathetic at all…

And when I overheard a boy complimenting my best friend’s hazel eyes, I realized I needed hazel eyes, so I told everyone they were hazel. They’re brown. Brown. There’s no way around their brownness, so I just lied and said in certain light they turned hazel. I was one crafty little loser, wasn’t I?

It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that fitting in was overrated and that I should just deal with my poopbrown eyes and not worry about what other people think of me. And thankfully, shortly after these incidents, I also retired my swimsuit top. Just sayin’. It’s just so much easier being yourself than to try to pretend to be someone — or something — you’re not. Poopbrown eyes and flatness included.

And even though my brother loves cupcakes, I know he’d refuse these simply because of the eyeball motif… and that’s okay. More for me!

DSC_0415AHalloween desserts are typically so cutesy and while I love that, I also love the creepier side of things, too. I don’t know how many brain-shaped Jell-O desserts or eyeball gummies I could eat, but I can appreciate the gore nonetheless. These are for you true, hardcore gore-fans out there and kids who aren’t ooged out by a little blood and guts. The reward for tolerating these creepy cupcakes is a big one: a moist and tender red velvet cupcake filled with sweet cherry pie filling and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting.

Now who wants some eyeballs?!

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5.0 from 1 reviews
Bloody Eyeball Cupcakes
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These gory cupcakes take creepy to a whole new level! Moist red velvet cake is filled with a squishy surprise cherry pie "eyeball" filling and is topped with a luscious swirl of cream cheese icing, drippy red "blood" and an eyeball gumball for a true horrifically delicious cupcake!
Ingredients
  • 1 box red velvet cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 small box cheesecake instant pudding mix
  • About 1 cup cherry pie filling
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ stick butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tbsp cream or milk
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • Red sparkle food gel
  • Eyeball gumballs (or another eyeball candy)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 16 liners and set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, prepare the cake mix according to package directions until smooth and combined. Stir in the pudding mix until incorporated.
  2. Evenly portion the batter 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 light moist crumbs. Cool completely, then core the cupcake's centers out. For this, I use a small paring knife, insert the knife into the cupcake, and gently remove the center of it. Discard the center pieces.
  3. Using a small spoon, fill the cupcake cavities with the cherry pie filling, trying to get at least 2 cherries in the center of each cupcake. Set the cupcakes aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and cream with the paddle attachment for about 1-2 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add in the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. Pour the frosting into a piping bag attached with a large open-circle tip.
  5. Pipe the frosting high onto the cooled & filled cupcakes, ensuring you completely cover the center cavity. Repeat with remaining cupcakes. Take your red sparkle gel and begin drawing squiggly lines up and down the sides of the cupcake, centering from the top point of the cupcake. Place an eyeball gumball onto the tippy top of the cupcake and serve!

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DSC_0425AThese are SO gory and SO creepy from the outside, but no one will suspect the sinfully delicious yet sinister inside of gooey, gushy cherry pie filling! They’re a real delight to decorate and eat!

Hope you enjoyed!!

xo, Hayley

Cheesy Cornbread Pupcakes

cheesypupcakesIt isn’t very often that I make things that my dogs can eat.  As a baker, I’m constantly working with off-limits food like chocolate, caramel, candy, tons of butter and sugar… aka, all the things my dogs wish they could eat.

…Even though that hasn’t stopped Mannie from eating brownie batter out of the garbage, but I digress.

But I decided these two knucklehead dogs needed a treat after all of their loyal begging with no return.  That, and they scare away people who come to the door, like Creepy Dad or salespeople.  And even though Winston hates me (see my Instagram for proof of that devil dog), he still brings a smile to my face even as he’s attempting to rip it off.

That and we’re celebrating.  See, my best friend Sarah has this dog named Ranger.  Ranger is a Blue Heeler and she’ll be celebrating her birthday on September 1st, so I wanted to prepare some cupcakes for Ranger, Sarah’s other doggies & my doggies for a birthday party we’re throwing for Ranger.  Why?

Because Ranger is turning 20 years old.  TWENTY. YEARS. OLD.  And I’m tempted to call Guinness because this dog is some kind of immortal being.

See, Ranger is technically Sarah’s husband’s dog.  And Sarah’s man, Jimmy, used to live on a farm and Ranger was his go-to farm hand.  Ranger wrangled up the sheep, cows and horses and worked most of her life.  In addition, she also had a couple sets of litters, got kicked in the face by a bull, was accidentally run over by a tractor, ate an entire chocolate-frosted chocolate sheet cake, and killed two dogs that had trespassed onto Jimmy’s farm, one of which was a Rottweiler easily twice her size.  All before the age of 12.

While Ranger doesn’t practice farming now, and while her hips have since been as strong as they once were, she’s still kicking!  She’s a happy girl who always greets me when I visit Sarah, who still loves to boss the other dogs around, and who enjoys having her head scratched.  So to celebrate this immortal dog (also because if she is immortal, I do not want her to curse me with her witch-like powers) I figured I’d throw her a birthday party.  Being kicked in the face by a bull kinda deserves a cupcake, don’t you think?

To make these Pupcakes, I used these Silicone Cupcake Molds from The New York Baking Company after I was generously sent a dozen liners to review.  I’m always apprehensive about silicone because I’m a greasing freak — meaning, I grease everything with nonstick spray.  I was wary that these pupcakes would be completely torn up on the inside, so it was to my amazement that the cupcakes popped right out with such ease and effortlessness.  It barely looked like I’d baked them in the liners!

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gsfgAs a result, the cupcakes baked just as evenly as if they were in a muffin tin with a sturdy shape, even & consistent cook, and no crumbs stuck to the sides of the liners — hallelujah!  Plus, if we’re being honest, who really cares about paper cupcake liners anyway?  Sure, they’re adorable and I love their patterns, but they always fade or get wonky after baking and no one stops what they’re doing, drops everything and admires a cupcake’s liner.  Especially hungry canines.  So if you’re looking for an inexpensive, reliable and recyclable alternative to paper liners, look no further — I highly recommend this set from The New York Baking Company!

Now let’s eat!  Ranger hasn’t been waiting 20 years for us to chit chat :)

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Cheesy Cornbread Pupcakes
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These adorable Cheesy Cornbread Pupcakes are meant for man's best friend! Made with a handful of simple ingredients, you could frost them with a dollop of cottage cheese or leave them plain for a simple snack.
Ingredients
  • 1 box (8.5 oz) corn muffin mix (I used Jiffy)
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup milk (I used skim)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • (If Frosting...)
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Miniature bones or treats
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place 12 silicone cupcake molds onto a baking sheet or lightly spray a 12-cavity muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the corn muffin mix, brown sugar, egg, milk and cheese with a spoon and stir until a soft batter has formed.
  3. Pour the mixture evenly among the baking cups, filling about ¾ths of the way full. Bake for approx. 13-15 minutes or until the tops are domed and golden and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool the pupcakes completely.
  4. If frosting, top with a Tablespoon or so of prepared cottage cheese and garnish with a dog treat. Serve frosted cupcakes immediately. Unfrosted cupcakes will last at room temperature in an airtight container for about 4-5 days.

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DSC_0233AMannie freaked out over the cottage cheese-frosted pupcakes because that dog eats cottage cheese like no other, whereas Winston preferred the unfrosted pupcakes since he has quite a beard that tends to get messy.  Meanwhile, Ranger was just happy to make it to 20 years old :) Happy Birthday, Ranger! [here’s Ranger partying with her sister, Gerilyn!]

rangerMake these easy muffins in minutes for YOUR dog!  I guarantee she’ll appreciate being noticed for all his hard work, begging, protection services and all that unconditional love! <3

Have a great weekend!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I was generously provided with a set of NY Baking Company Silicone Liners to review.  All opinions are 100% my own and I was not otherwise compensated for this post. Please consult your vet before introducing any new foods to your pets. 

Banana Pudding Cupcakes with Cool Whip Pudding Frosting

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AddCoolWhip #CollectiveBias

bananapuddingcupcakesAs a kid, one of my favorite snacks was Jell-O Pudding Snacks topped with a hefty (and I mean hefty!) dollop of Cool Whip on top.  The ratio was probably one cup Cool Whip to standard-size pudding cup, and frankly, I had dreams of giving myself a Cool Whip facial a la Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire.  Helllooooooo, indeed!

To this day, I still have a soft spot for Cool Whip & Jell-O pudding.  Pudding is such an easy and delicious snack anytime of year, but especially in the summertime when temps are sometimes too high to bake.  It’s rich, satisfying, and so versatile — add in chopped fruits, nuts, candy or baking chips to switch things up, or fold in Cool Whip to create an easy pudding pie.

But for today’s recipe, I’m making one of my favorite frostings to top rich, moist banana cupcakes.  I first discovered this frosting a couple years ago and it instantly became a favorite.  It’s made with Jell-O pudding mix, milk, cream cheese, a little powdered sugar, and of course — Cool Whip.  Combined, these five simple ingredients create a light and fluffy textured frosting that isn’t too sweet (thanks to the cream cheese) but has just the right amount of flavor and sweetness.

DSC_0009AAnd since banana pudding is one of my favorite pudding flavors (what’s not to love?!) I decided to make these outrageously delish Banana Pudding Cupcakes with Cool Whip Pudding Frosting.  They. Are. AWESOME.  Soft and tender cupcakes topped with this scrumptious, easy frosting bursting with banana flavor, then topped off with a fresh banana slice and a vanilla wafer cookie — two key components to a seriously yummy banana pudding.

And if banana pudding isn’t your jam, feel free to make the cupcakes and Jell-O Cool Whip Frosting any flavor you’d like!  Imagine rich, chocolate cupcakes topped with a light chocolate frosting — the almost mousse-like texture would be insanely good!  Or even strawberry frosting on angel food cupcakes for a shortcake effect.  So versatile!

DSC_0011ABut if you’re a banana fiend like myself, you must give these cupcakes a try!  And if nothing else, at least make the frosting and eat it with a spoon! :)

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Banana Pudding Cupcakes with Cool Whip Pudding Frosting
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Love Banana Pudding? Then you'll flip for these scrumptious Banana Pudding Cupcakes! The frosting is to-die for and tastes just like the classic pudding dessert!
Ingredients
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 2 boxes Jell-O Instant Banana Cream Pudding mix, divided
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 4 oz (1/2 pkg) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip, thawed
  • Banana slices
  • Vanilla wafer cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 16 paper liners. Prepare the cake batter according to package directions. Once the batter has come together, stir in ONE box of the Jell-O banana pudding mix.
  2. Portion the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling cups about ¾th full. Bake for approx. 14-16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  3. While cupcakes cool, prepare your frosting: in a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining box of Jell-O banana pudding and the milk until smooth. Stir in the cream cheese and powdered sugar until combined and minimal clumps remain. Lastly, fold in the Cool Whip until combined. Place the frosting in the fridge to set, about 1 hour.
  4. Once frosting has set & cupcakes have cooled, spoon the frosting into a disposable piping bag affixed with a large open circle tip. Pipe frosting generously onto cooled cupcakes. Garnish each frosted cupcake with a banana slice and vanilla wafer cookie. Serve immediately, or store leftovers covered in the fridge.
  5. If you have remaining frosting, use frosting as pudding! Simply layer remaining frosting in a jar or dish with banana slices and vanilla wafer cookies. Eat as is, or top with hot fudge or caramel sauce.

DSC_0018AI am seriously in love with this fantastic frosting!  It’s so light, so fluffy and so delicious.  I love that it tastes like a lighter banana pudding — almost like eating a cloud of banana deliciousness.  As I mentioned earlier, if you have leftover frosting you can use it as pudding!  Just layer it in a dish or bowl with banana slices and vanilla wafer cookies, or crumble leftover cupcakes on top for a fantastic deconstructed cupcake pudding :)  top with caramel or chocolate sauce if you’re feeling extra fancy!

Want a better-for-you option?  Use Jell-O Sugar Free/Fat Free Pudding mix, fat-free milk, fat-free PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, and Cool Whip Free.  You can also substitute unsweetened applesauce for the oil in your cupcakes, and swap out whole eggs for four egg whites to make your cupcakes a more nutritious option.

jelloooI always go to Walmart for my KRAFT Foods needs — Walmart has the largest selection of Jell-O Pudding Mixes and a great selection of other KRAFT Foods products, like Cool Whip and PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese.  For a limited time, you can now get $1 off when you purchase one (1) tub of Cool Whip and two (2) boxes of Jell-O Pudding, while supplies last.  Just use THIS link for your exclusive coupon!!  And be sure to check out Walmart’s website for more recipes and KRAFT Foods products!

Have a delicious Sunday!!

xo, Hayley

 

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

orangecreamsicleI’ve recently developed a gnarly addiction to watching the Kardashians.

It stemmed from being bored one day, done with work, house was cleaned and all I longed to do was watch crappy reality TV.  I’d seen all the Real Housewives junk, Jerry Springer was nothing special and House Hunters makes me homicidal, so Kardashians it was.  It was the first episode ever, and I was hopelessly, disgustingly hooked.

Kim was so young and had such a terrible taste in fashion.  Kendall and Kylie were still wearing kiddie clothes.  And Rob modeling in his Calvins was actually kinda swoon-worthy.  And as if I were reading a great novel, you can’t just read part and set it down without ever knowing the ending.  It’s like a crime against humanity, kind of like wearing socks with sandals or eating soggy cereal.  You just don’t do it, you know?

So I started Netflixing all of the episodes and am now in the middle of season 4, right where Khloe just married Lamar and Bruce is all spit-fire over the fact that Kylie’s wearing eyeliner.  And as disgusting as this addiction is, and even though I can feel my dad lose respect for me every time he enters the room, I just can’t tear my eyeballs away.

And it makes me wonder: if there was an E! camera crew here right now, they would probably fall asleep behind the equipment.  They would get to film me hopelessly scrolling through awful messages on OkCupid while my dog, Mannie, barks incessantly in the background.  I’ll make a salad and a smoothie for lunch and eat it while watching Ladies of London, a show I only watch because I have serious Brit-envy for some weird reason.  And then they’ll film me pondering going to the gym for four hours before finally passing out on the couch yet again, settling in to watch another episode of Kardashians while my phone pings with another OkCupid message from someone with a neckbeard.

So there’s that.

DSC_0612AThe only way people would watch my show would be to (hopefully) see all of the yummy things I regularly crank out of my kitchen, these Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes included!  Orange Creamsicles are and were one of my favorite treats in the summertime.  Nothing beats a refreshing, frozen bar in the heat of the day or the irresistible combination of bright, fresh orange and creamy vanilla.  I knew I wanted to make a scrumptious cupcake based off of one of my favorite ice cream bar treats and I think I succeeded and then some!

… which is more than I can say about my dating life, but hey, you can’t win at everything.

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5.0 from 1 reviews
Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes
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Love the taste of summery creamsicles? Then you'll fall in love with these fresh, bright and sweet Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes!
Ingredients
  • 1 box orange cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 sticks butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 Duncan Hines Orange Creme Frosting Creations packet
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Whipped cream
  • Orange gummy candies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with 18 paper liners and set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, eggs, oil and orange juice with a handheld electric mixer or until smooth.
  2. Portion the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling about ¾th of the way full. Bake for approx. 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool the cupcakes completely.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, vanilla extract, heavy cream and Duncan Hines Orange Creme packet together for about a minute or until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar about a cup at a time until the frosting is light and fluffy.
  4. Pipe the frosting high onto the cooled cupcakes; top with a dollop of whipped cream. Garnish with an orange gummy slice.

DSC_0617AI am in love with these cupcakes!  They’re so light and moist and full of bright, orange flavor!  The dollop of whipped cream on top of the soft, creamy orange-flavored buttercream is to-die for!  It tastes like a cakey creamsicle and is perfect for your next summer party or BBQ :)

If you can’t find orange cake mix (I was shocked when I spied it at the store!) feel free to use yellow cake mix and follow the directions in my recipe.  You can also add in orange extract to taste to amp up that orange flavor.

Have a fantastical day!

xo, Hayley

 

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