Cupcake in a Cupcake

Jessie and I aren’t your traditional daters.

We don’t do dinner-and-movies, salsa dancing or picnics. We don’t do hiking trips, wine tasting or anything ritzy or fancy.

We seek out abandoned cemeteries to take pictures of dilapidated tombstones. We go to Walmart and play I-Spy. And because we were sick of doing both (and frankly have covered nearly every headstone in a 50-mile radius), we decided to spruce things up a bit. Relight the fire, spark the romance.

We went to Folsom Prison.

You know, of Johnny Cash “Folsom Prison Blues” fame.

Young lovers, sprucing up our romance at a prison. No biggie.

So we drove to the prison and rekindled our love of odd-dates.

We went to the museum, which features a wide-variety of homemade shivs and shanks, mostly made out of newspaper and melted razors that’s both impressive in a MacGyverish way and tremendously scary.

Dude, there was a trident there. Out of newspaper. A newspaper trident.

And for a split second I thought “what a badass. He made a freaking trident. People who make tridents are obviously badasses.”

Anyway, we walked around and saw a bunch of stuff bored inmates had made, like working toasters and even handguns. And then I felt kind of inferior to the inmates because I can barely rework my hairband when it snaps, much less fashion a functioning toaster out of matches and toilet paper.

After feeling inferior, Jessie and I started to leave and went to ask the guard more questions about the layout of the prison. Having just watched Lockup: Extended Stay Boston, I felt confident in my prison-set-up know-how and wanted to know the lay of the land.

You know, for research purposes.

And then, thinking of the creepy shivs, I decided to ask the stoic prison guard, “have you ever been stabbed?”


I mean, it isn’t creepy or inappropriate at all.

And anyway, he said no. And then Jessie and I left and went to get shaved ice.

Honestly, this story had zero purpose and I apologize for that. But now I can say I went to Folsom Prison and know that it is possible to make shivs out of styrofoam cups.

But sadly, I am not nearly scientific or experimental when it comes to weaponry or basically any life-skill that could be beneficial at some point. All I can do is bake, and thankfully I can do that well.

Like by stuffing cupcakes inside of cupcakes. You know, one-upping the prisoners in creativity.

Because I’m probably the only person who would try to one-up a prisoner. Ugh, why am I so weird?

But forreal, these cupcakes rock. I mean, there is a cupcake living inside of another cupcake. How can that be beat?!

You should make them and feel more creative than prisoners. Trust me, it’s a good feeling.

Cupcake in a Cupcake

24 miniature cupcakes, baked, frosted and frozen (wrappers removed)
1 box Funfetti cake mix (plus ingredients on back of box)
1 small box sugar free/fat free vanilla instant pudding mix
Vanilla Buttercream (recipe and ingredients follow)
Rainbow sprinkles

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 2 muffin tins with 24 paper liners. In a large bowl, prepare the cake mix according to package directions. Stir the dry pudding mix into the batter to combine.
2. Portion the batter evenly among the muffin tins, about 2/3 full. Place an unwrapped, frozen mini cupcake in the center of each filled muffin cup.
3. Bake for approx. 16-19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out mostly clean (it may be slightly goopy because of the melted frosting inside the cupcake. Also, the tops may look kinda funky but no fear, it’ll be covered with frosting).
4. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting them with the vanilla buttercream.

Vanilla Buttercream 

2 sticks butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp milk
About 6 cups powdered sugar

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and vanilla until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until light and fluffy. If needed, add the milk to loosen up the frosting.
2. Pipe the frosting high onto the cooled cupcakes, ensuring you cover the cupcake baked inside. Sprinkle with sprinkles, and store leftovers airtight for 1-2 days.

Since I used mini funfetti cupcakes, it’s harder to see the cupcake inside, but rest assured, it’s there. You can see the crunchy bits from the baked frosting inside the cupcake–seriously awesome.

You can also feel free to mix up your mini cupcakes and cupcake flavors–think Funfetti inside a chocolate cake, strawberry inside white, etc. Mix it up!!

I hope you enjoy! Happy Thursday!!

xo, Hayley

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  1. It’s like a pregnant cupcake! Totally fun idea, love it! I also love your random stories, you crack me up! My husband totally would have asked if the guard had ever been stabbed. Why not?

  2. I love walking through cemeteries. I like the stones that have interesting stuff or some history written on them.

  3. Dude, this is crazy but I love it and I love you for this idea. I want some cupcakes with cupcakes inside. Awesomeness!

  4. Okay, you totally crack me up. But I think it’s a totally legit question to ask a prison guard, ya know?

    Also, I’m envisioning all kinds of awesome flavor combinations by stuffing a cupcake *inside* a cupcake. Seriously, how awesome is that!?!? Coming up with these ideas is way more inventive than crafting a shiv out of styrofoam.

  5. Cemeteries totally creep me out. But a prison tour sounds kind of interesting. These cupcakes I’m totally behind. Love the creativity!

  6. This is actually a recipe for magical unicorn pony food. Perhaps you own a unicorn, and know how to feed it. It is the only way something this damn magical could exist. Cupcakes in cupcakes? Brilliant.

    • You’re totally right. I fed these to my magical unicorn and it turned more majestic instantaneously. It also told me that making these and eating them does the same for the human. You feel better and superior and more magical and badass. 🙂

  7. Pregnant cupcakes!!! Love. Hmmm…Folsom prison? Do they at least lock you in a cell? 🙂

  8. OK, I TOTALLY love this!! What about using a mini doughnut? Maybe like a cinnamon sugar doughnut in a blueberry or banana nut muffin/cupcake? Oh, maaaan! I can see that your blog is BAD, BAD, BAD for my waistline! LOL I’d say that I might have to kill you for it and become one of the newest prison residents, but REALLY don’t need some quack job taking me seriously and hunting me down for it. My HUSBAND may kill you if I gain a million pounds from this, though. Just sayin’…

    • Lol, thanks for your comment, Mindy!! Yes, I’m positive donuts would work because you need to check out my Donut Right Side Up Cupcakes and see for yourself 🙂 but mini muffins would be awesome!! Great idea 🙂 see–your thinking like me now!

  9. haha! These are great!!! One Halloween I had all my kids dressed up as scary characters and I took them to a cemetery for cool pictures! They are still my most fav Halloween pics of all! I think it was a totally legit question to ask the guard:-) I think it is great that you guys do fun and different things for dates…who wants to be normal anyway:-)


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