Banana Fruity Pebble Cupcakes

A few days ago, I scored this superfantasticalawesome vintage-y Betsey Johnson tunic at a consignment store for $30.

Per Betsey, it’s loud and crazy and TOTALLY RAD and I soooo bought it and was stoked that not only did I score a super awesome, perfect condition tunic for $30 but I also managed to squeeze my ass into a size four.

It was a fashion miracle, people.

Plus, it looks like I’m a psychedelic witch. It has those big, bell sleeves like witch costumes have, except the print is all crazy like I’m a witchy transplant from the 1970s. Awesome. And anyone who doesn’t want to look like a psychedelic witch is seriously disturbed.

Anyway, I decided to wear my psychedelic-witch tunic yesterday since I had the day off and it was a beautiful day that warranted a fashionable outfit.

Even if my only plans were to walk Mannie, I still wanted to dress up. I mean, I only own two pairs of yoga pants and I strictly use those for sleeping and baking only, and workout clothes are not in my immediate purchasing future, soooo wearing a bright tunic and boots was my only option.

I was indisputably the most chic dog-walker in my ‘hood.

Anywho, when Mandrake and I walk, we exercise caution when it comes to crossing the road and stuff. I look both ways, make sure no cars are coming, and try to pretend Mannie will understand me when I tell him we can’t cross because a car is coming. Makes me feel like my dog is super intelligent and knows when to cross the road.

We were well on our way and decided to cross in the middle of a residential road when I noticed some Acura SUV approaching from the stop sign many yards away.

Mannie and I had plenty of time to clear the road before the SUV even got remotely close, but still, being a paranoid mother and not particularly wanting to die in this specific tunic, we hustled and began to scurry across the remainder of the road.

We weren’t even on the other side of the street before the SUV sped by.

Now, I’m a fast walker. Slow walking annoys the friggin’ crap out of me. Slow mall walkers are by far some of the worst people in the world and I am noooo slowpoke rodriguez.

And as he drove by, he had this wacky, angry, crazed look in his eyes as he looked at me. This psychedelic witch woman with her three-legged devil dog. Like he was some psychotic religious man, trying to crucify this fashionable wench crossing the road, minding her own wenchy business.

I can only imagine how the witches from The Crucible felt, being tossed carelessly into the water, not dressed in awesome vintage tunics, and being hated by crazy Acura-driving men who had a stink against fashionable young women and their tripod dogs.

I mean, we can’t help it if we’re awesome witchy bitches. Acura-SUV men just hate our swagger.

Anyway, after nearly dying at the hands of some psychopathic, woman-wearing-tunic-hating dude, I decided to come home and eat my pain away with some equally bright & funky cupcakes, because people who reject bright and fun things are obviously looooosers.

These cupcakes epitomize “bright and funky.” Banana cupcakes studded with bright Fruity Pebbles and topped with a cream cheese icing and more crunchy, fruity cereal?! Gorge.

Makes you want to get witchy with me, doesn’t it?

Banana Fruity Pebble Cupcakes *inspired by this recipe found HERE. 

1 box yellow cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
1 small box sugar free/fat free instant banana pudding mix
2 ripened medium bananas, mashed
2 cups Fruity Pebbles cereal, divided
Cream Cheese Icing (recipe and ingredients follow)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with 24 paper liners. In a large bowl, prepare the cake mix according to package directions. Stir the pudding mix and mashed bananas into the cake batter to combine. Lastly, add one and a half cups of the cereal into the batter, gently folding in the cereal.
2. Evenly distribute the batter among the muffin cups, filling about 2/3 full. Bake for approx. 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out mostly clean. Cool completely while you prepare the icing.

Cream Cheese Icing

1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp milk
About 5-6 cups powdered sugar
Remaining Fruity Pebbles cereal

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until creamy, about a minute. Gradually begin adding powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until light and fluffy. If frosting becomes too stiff, add the milk; otherwise, omit it.
2. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes, and liberally sprinkle the frosted cakes with the remaining cereal pieces. These cupcakes are best served the same day; otherwise, you can store leftovers airtight for an additional day, but the cereal on top gets kinda soggy.

The banana cupcakes are so fluffy and light and have a fun, unexpected twist from the cereal stirred into the batter. So fun!!

Plus, FYI, witches are always brewing stuff, so you know these cupcakes must be like, the best evah. Acura-man doesn’t know what he’s missing!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

xo, Hayley


  1. You take the most beautiful pictures of your creations! These cupcakes looks so tantalizing!

  2. Okay, so I sooooooooooo want to see a picture of you in this tunic. Awesome.

    And, agh! Look at that picture of the milk pouring down into the cereal! I’m lovin’ it. I haven’t had Fruity Pebbles in forever, but I think it’s time to introduce Doodle to their yumminess…

    • I looove Fruity Pebbles! The only problem with them is A) I eat like, five bowls of them before I’m somewhat “full” and B) we need about six boxes since my dad and I inhale them. But they rock!

  3. I looove that tunic! Gorgeous and I wish I could pull it off! Can we go shopping together? I need to be more fashionable. And I want a cupcake too. I’m bossy today, jeez.

  4. 1) Love the tunic. Now I want one, so thanks for that.
    2) love the pic of the milk pouring onto the cereal. It’s a beaut.
    3) Super cute plate you have the cupcake on, love it!
    4) don’t say “get witchy” anymore. It reminds me of an interview I saw of Charles Manson where he said “let’s get witchy”. Totally gives me the willies.
    5) love all the fun colors in these cupcakes. What a great idea to use fruity pebbles!
    6) I’m done now

    • Let’s be tunic twinsies! And I promise not to say “get witchy” anymore. Well, besides that last time. Now I promise not to say it anymore. It’ll just be known as THAT THING we can’t say anymore and we can say that in front of people and they’ll immediately be intrigued by our taboo phrases we can’t say ever and we can just be like “oh, you know, it’s just THAT THING we can’t say… no biggie or anything… or IS IT?” and they’ll be like, begging to be in the know.

      Or not 🙂

  5. I love that tunic!! What a steal. And how freaking cute are these cupcakes? Fruity pebbles are such a fun, colorful cereal – I never would’ve thought to add them to a cupcake AND pair them with banana! I bet they would be yummy in rice krispie treats too!

  6. love the tunic & the cupcakes! I got married…in a hot pink and purple trim Betsey J dress 11 years ago in Vegas!

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