Cupcake Pie

cupcakepieSince you’re a human (or am I wrong for assuming you’re a human?), you have probably had those days where everything is going wrong and you’re a total klutz and a potential hazard to the community or yourself.

And I am here today to convince anyone bosses, HR folk, or right-minded people that those days need to be a legit excuse for sending an employee home.

Because on days where you leave the house with your sweater inside out, you run around the Kwik E Mart screaming “WHERE ARE MY KEYS?!” when they’re in your hand, and when you fall up the stairs at work in front of a cute guy and fall off of the toilet in the bathroom stall, your productivity level is probably in the negatives.  And you’re probably better off going home, taking a Xanax, and sequestering yourself in a dark room until you’re no longer a walking posterchild of humiliation.

Also, the above-mentioned things actually happened to me this week.  Iiiinnn one day.

Like, who falls up the stairs?  A klutz, that’s who.  And who falls up the stairs while making eyes with a cute guy?  A dork named Hayley… who would later fall off of a toilet.  Don’t even ask.  I don’t even want to know what that says about me as a person.

And then I sat there at work like, am I really okay to be here? as I struggled to remember my name, much less process paperwork.  And it was then that I wished so badly that I could walk up to my supervisor, kindly sit her down and say:

“Look.  I know I’m not vomiting out of every orifice, I don’t have a sick kid at home and I only wish I had a doctor’s appointment, but today is just not in my favor.  The universe tried telling me that when I put on my sweater incorrectly and gently reminded me after making an ass out of myself in the Stop N Rob.  And then it was like ‘dude, you’re really pushing your luck here; how dense do you have to be?’ when I drove up to work and showed me what an idiot I really am when I faceplanted on a staircase in front of a hottie.  And then I almost had to claim workers comp when I literally slid my ass off of a toilet in the employee bathroom.  So I’m pretty much telling you right now that I need to go home, clear my thoughts, not sit on any more toilets, and take a personal day.  Maybe put on a straitjacket.  I promise I’ll be back tomorrow all happy and shiny and new, so long as I don’t have any more bathroom injuries.”

And then she’d be like “dude, yeah, okay.  We totally don’t want to fill out any injury reports so please go home and come back when you remember your name.”


In the meantime while we’re waiting for times to change, I’ll just bury my face in unrelentingly sweet Cupcake Pie. 

DSC_0030AAfter you unbutton your straitjacket, you should too.


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Cupcake Pie
Recipe type: Pie
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Serves: 8
Duuuuuuude. It's literally a pie filled with cupcakes. I mean, right!? Yes.
  • About 16 miniature frosted cupcakes, wrappers removed
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • Chocolate icing, for drizzling (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9" pie plate with cooking spray. Gently unroll the pie crust to fit into the pan. Crimp the edges; set aside.
  2. Cut each miniature cupcake in half and place the cupcake halves into the pie cavity, filling it up pretty much to the top.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla and vinegar until blended; pour the mixture evenly over the cupcakes.
  4. Bake for approx. 30-35 minutes or until the center is just about set and the tops have lightly browned. Cool completely.
  5. If you'd like, drizzle the top with chocolate icing and sprinkle with more jimmies. Store airtight at room temperature. Feel free to sub any flavor of cupcakes!

DSC_0024AThis pie is literally made of cupcakes!  I don’t quite know where this idea came from except that it was a good one 🙂 and because who doesn’t love a cupcake!?  The butter/egg mixture is called chess filling and it helps bind those little cakey bits together, lending a sweet, rich flavor and body to the pie.  The cake itself absorbs all that sugary, buttery goodness and imparts a cake batter flavor that’s simply irresistible and nostalgic.  And the best part of this pie happens to be the icing which melts and caramelizes into little crunchy pockets that are seriously mind-blowing.  Since we’re big vanilla fans in our house, I used vanilla storebought cupcakes for this, but many stores like Walmart and Target sell mini cupcakes in a variety of flavors like red velvet, s’mores, snickerdoodle, cookies n cream, and more.  Feel free to experiment based on your mood or flavor preferences!  Or try using a premade graham or chocolate cookie crust to change up the base.  The possibilities are endless but always delicious!

Have a delicious day!  Keep your bathroom injuries to a minimum, k?

xo, Hayley



  1. I’ve TOTALLY fallen up the stairs. And the other day at the zoo while I was blatantly ignoring my child to talk to another parent, he fell off a stroller …. That was perfectly still …. Right in front of a SUPER hot EMT worker. This pie is amazing!! I want to take it out on a really romantic date and then have my way with it.

  2. Incredible dessert concept! LOVE this cupcake pie situation you’ve got going on and I want some for breakfast. You just amaze me, Hayley. And, sorry you fell smack in front of the cute guy. (Believe me, I’ve done worse in front of a cute guy! Not pretty.) Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous Labor Day holiday weekend!

  3. Omg girl! This pie! Will you mail me some? 😉

  4. Sometimes, you just have those days where you have to say, “Ok, universe, you win. I’m done for the day.” And, go and gorge yourself on cupcake pie! I mean, how genius is this!? You are a sweets mastermind, Hayley 🙂

  5. I’ll be honest if I were to rank desserts, pie would be my least favorite, HOWEVER, a pie made of cupcakes skyrockets to the top! Damn good Hayley!

  6. Ohhhh Hayley you poor thing! As usual my klutzy self relates. And, as usual, you have me in awe of your culinary genius and very very hungry. CUPCAKE PIIIIIE

  7. My two favorite desserts in one, genius! I fall up the stairs all the time, it’s so weird. Maybe I just need a cupcake pie to help with that.

  8. Yes!! Yes!! Yess! Genius and just wow! Cupcake pie! Package that thing up and send it my way!

  9. I’t’s like 2 beautiful people (pie and cupcake) had a baby and out come a cupcake pie that is even more beautiful!

  10. Hmmmm, reckon I could sub the cake for iced doughnuts????

  11. I’ve totally fallen up the stairs! You are not alone, my friend 🙂
    You are the queen off stuffing yummy things in other yummy things making them outrageously yummy!!! A cupcake pie. Genius!

  12. I am WAY more likely to fall up the stairs than down them. But, fall off a toilet? I mean, how does that even happen?

    I want this pie. You always have the most creative recipe!

  13. OMG. Just… OMG. This has to happen, like, now.

  14. I am the biggest klutz ever!! I constantly fall up the stairs!! At work (restaurant) I will be holding dirty plates or just walking with nothing in my hands and will run into the wall or posts or other people and then my customers look at my like I am crazy so I say ” Don’t mind me I just run into everything” (meanwhile I run into something else whilst saying this) and then they just look at me like you idiot!! They defo wouldn’t think you’re an idiot though with this cupcake pie. OH EM GIZZLE I neeeed this now!!

  15. Most definitely a good idea! I hope your days are better now. Crazy how those totally off whack ones sneak up on you. The little devils!

  16. Cupcakes and pie?! Yes, please!

  17. Wow, this looks to die for! I can’t wait to try it!

  18. This post spoke to my inner klutz that likes to shows itself at the worst times possible. These pie though would make any awful day bearable!

  19. I’ve never fallen off a toilet, but I fall up the stairs all the darn time. 🙂 I want this pie!!

  20. Who am I to judge? Maybe it was a crooked toilet. 😉 But I do agree, sometimes you are just not emotionally with-it to be around other people. I have that happen all too often, actually, which is why I keep a jar of Nutella around constantly. But cupcake pie could definitely solve those problems, too. 😀

  21. Cupcakes baked into a pie? Love it.

  22. This is so creative! Perfect for a birthday celebration!

  23. Woah!! Love love love! Such a creative idea!

  24. I am so going to try this! I am interested in knowing the effects of the vinegar. I have not heard of this as a part of a sweets baking recipe.

  25. But as an acid, vinegar is often included in cake and cookie batters to react with baking soda and start the chemical reaction needed to produce carbon dioxide and give those batters a lift as they bake.

  26. Hi there. I have a few questions before I make this;
    Do you use shortcrust pastry.?
    Do you blind bake (pre bake) the shell?

    This recipe looks great!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Jen! Nope, you do not need to blind bake the pie crust — any refrigerated pie crust will work just fine. If you’d rather, you could always use a cookie or graham crust as well!

  27. Do you cut the muffins in half vertically or horizontally, or does it not matter? Thank you!

  28. I made this to bring to a relatives house for Easter dessert . It looked nothing like the picture. I followed the directions to the letter. It was a disaster no one ate it. I was not appealing and it didn’t taste good.. Big Flop!

  29. How much is one stick of butter?

  30. This is a beautifully genius idea! I totally have days like that ALL the time. I sometimes wonder how I get through some days. lol

  31. Hi! I’m sure you don’t still look at the comments here since this was posted so long ago, but I’m wondering if this is meant to be eaten warm or cold.


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