Things that suck about being an adult:
Bills. Mom, you never told me as a kid that bills existed. You mean to tell me that high-speed, wireless internet; cell-phone data plans and cable TV all come with hefty bills!? I thought those were free gifts from life. Obama & Romney, I get you want to lower taxes and all that jazz, but how about instilling a law where high-speed internet is free? It’s what the fore-fathers would have wanted: life, liberty, and the pursuit of all questions Googled at the click of a mouse. Or something.
Gas. As a kid, going to the gas station meant time without a parent present in the car to harass my younger siblings. Or to get Slurpees. I didn’t think gas stations were a place where you watch your soul get sucked out from your eye sockets at $4 a gallon. Every time I drive anywhere, I die a little inside.
401K. I don’t even really know what that is, so I’m going to bet I A) don’t have one, and B) am not going to cash in on it anytime soon. I hear adults talking about it all the time and it sounds kind of magical, like a bank account you didn’t know you had and then when you’re old, life rewards you with one for now having to use orthopedic shoes (so unstylish). I’d like to think you get $401,000 too, because that’d be pretty snazzy. Thanks, life.
Anti-Aging Prevention. A couple days ago I asked the woman at Clinique if she could recommend some anti-aging/retinol products for me and she looked at me all crazy-like. I’m only 21 and have nary a wrinkle, but since I’m an adult now and adults worry about wrinkles and crows-feet (feet on my face? As if), I figure I need to start worrying about this stuff, too. Pretty soon, I figure I’ll be drinking Snow White’s blood to stay youthful looking, so I better acquire a taste for it now.
Clothing jealousy. How come every time I walk into Target, I see a bunch of clothes I like from the little girls’ department? Ruffled cardigans in bright colors, a maxi skirt with safety pins on it(!!), sparkly tutu skirts… SO fun and not for adults. Meanwhile, I’ll go to the adult section and die of boredom. Tribal printed dresses? Ack. Cardigans in the most boooooooring colors… Does becoming an adult mean you need to dress so.. blah? Where are the sequins and tutus? Why do adults have to wear slacks? Slacks are awful.
Thankfully, for all the misfortunes being an adult brings, it brings some fortunate things. Like being able to eat cupcake after PayDay Cupcake because I’m an adult. Or going to Happy Hour, the world’s way of saying Sorry life gets crappy once you turn 18, here are cheap drinks. Unless you’re in Massachusetts, where I hear Happy Hours are illegal (I think people of MA need another cupcake for their suffering).
These PayDay Cupcakes are phenom. Rich butter cake is topped with a caramel frosting, rolled in honey roasted peanuts, topped with chopped PayDay bars, drizzled with caramel and sprinkled with sea salt. It’s truly a sweet+salty lover’s dream come true…
…and it tastes great with a cheap cocktail 🙂
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup water
1 tsp butter extract (can substitute vanilla)
1 box sugar free/fat free vanilla pudding mix
For Caramel Frosting:
2 sticks butter, room temperature
1/2 cup caramel syrup (the coffee-syrup kind, NOT the sundae kind)
1 tsp vanilla extract
About 5 cups powdered sugar
1-2 PayDay candy bars, roughly chopped
About 1 & 1/2 cups honey roasted peanuts
Caramel sundae sauce (for drizzling)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 18 paper liners.
2. In a large bowl, combine the cupcake ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth. Portion the batter evenly among muffin cups, filling about 3/4 cup full. Bake for approx. 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
3. For the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter, caramel syrup and vanilla until creamed, about a minute. Gradually add powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. Spoon into a piping bag attached with a large open circle tip (I used Atecco 807). Pipe icing onto cooled cupcakes.
4. Gently press the honey roasted peanuts along the perimeter of the frosted cupcakes. Top each frosted cupcake with a couple pieces of chopped PayDay bars, then drizzle with the caramel sundae syrup. Finish with a light sprinkling of sea salt.
5. These cupcakes are best served the same day. Store leftovers at room temperature, up to 1 additional day.
Don’t let the long list of ingredients intimidate you. While these cupcakes look fancy, they get a lot of help from the boxed cake mix that’s dressed up to taste ultra rich & buttery, thanks to the butter extract. And the tops are just divine. Heavenly, smooth caramel mixed with crunchy PayDay bars and the perfect sprinkle of sea salt.. the top was my favorite part!
I hope you enjoy!!