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White Wedding Cupcakes (a white mix cake-over!)

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These wedding cupcakes are made with a mix- but a “made-over” mix. They are the most dense, moist and delicious cupcakes ever- you’d never guess they aren’t 100% made from scratch!

Have you ever heard of a “cake-over”? It’s when a cake mix has a make-over into a recipe that tastes completely made from scratch. I’ve tried lots of these, and I actually love them- but I’d never found one for plain white cake that I liked. I was invited to bake wedding cupcakes for my friend Shanell this summer and I decided I’d better figure out a fix before then!

Here’s my secret: white chocolate pudding. I use this flavor all the time in other recipes, and it is AMAZING. I also have used pudding mix in cake-overs before, and this pudding is WHITE- so it doesn’t change the color of your cake!

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Shanell’s colors are teal and purple, so I practiced my decorating on these. Aren’t they fun??

Here is how we made these dense, delicious cupcakes: (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed white cake mix (I like Duncan Hines mixes the best- personal preference!)
  • One (3.3 oz) package of Jell-O brand white chocolate pudding
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup of oil
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 sticks (one cup) of salted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 sticks (one cup) of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons of clear vanilla flavoring
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • Food coloring gels, and sprinkles as desired.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Combine cake mix, pudding, milk, oil, and egg whites in a mixing bowl and beat on high for 2 minutes. 
  • Evenly divide into 24 cupcake liners placed in tins and bake for about 18-20 minutes at 350F degrees.
  • Cool completely.
  • Make frosting by combining butters, vanilla and powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  • Beat on high until light and fluffy (3-4 minutes)
  • Add coloring if desired (if you want pure white frosting you’ll need to add white food coloring to off-set the yellow tinge given by the butter), and mix well. 
  • Place a decorating tip in the corner of a large zip-top bag, fill with frosting, seal well, and pipe frosting on top of each cupcake. 
  • I used these cupcake toppers (aren’t they SO cute?!?) and these sprinkles.
  • Enjoy!!!

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My thoughts: These taste like a made-from-scratch recipe. A really good one! BUT they are so much easier to make! 🙂 I’m really excited to make these in large quantities this summer!!! Maybe I will add some pictures from the wedding once I am back! For now, enjoy the cake-over 😉 ~r

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We have piles of favorites in the cupcake category here…! Hard to share just a few- but here are some other recipes you might enjoy: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Root Beer Float Cupcakes!!!!Coconut Cupcakes!!Brownie Oreo Cookie CupDark Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

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Carrot Patch Cupcakes

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Delicious strawberry “carrots” buried in Oreo buttercream frosting- a perfect cupcake for Easter!

I saw these adorable strawberry carrots online the other day, and imagined them buried in the top of cupcakes for Easter. Ah- soooo fun! Plus a strawberry and chocolate combo is always a winner in my book! These are easy, fun and a perfect way to add carrots to your cupcakes- without actually using carrots 🙂

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Here is how we made these cute little treats: (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed cake mix (plus oil, water and eggs to make according to package)
  • One package of Oreo Thins, crushed into crumbs
  • 2 sticks (one cup) of salted butter at room temperature
  • 2 sticks (one cup) of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 cup of cocoa powder
  • 24 small strawberries
  • 1 package of Wilton’s Candy Melts in orange

DIRECTIONS:

  • Wash and thoroughly dry 24 strawberries.
  • Make carrots by melting Candy Melts in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until melted and smooth.
  • Lay parchment paper or wax paper on countertop.
  • Grasping a strawberry by its stem and leaves, dip it into candy melts, spooning melts as close to stem as possible.
  • Set covered strawberry on paper to harden.
  • Once all berries are covered, spoon remaining melts into a zip-top bag and seal. Clip a corner and drizzle lines over the top.

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  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Prepare cake mix as directed and divide evenly into 24 cupcake liners in tins.
  • Bake according to package and cool completely.
  • Make frosting by adding butters, powdered sugar and vanilla to a large mixing bowl and beating on high until light and fluffy (3-4 minutes). 
  • Add cocoa powder to frosting and beat on high until well- combined.
  • Use a cookie scoop, or ice cream scoop to place a scoop of frosting on top of each cupcake. 
  • Press this into a bowl of Oreo crumbs, turning the cupcake to make sure all edges are covered.

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  • Press a strawberry “carrot” into the center of each cupcake and spoon a few remaining Oreo crumbs over the bottom of the carrot, to cover it further.

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  • ENJOY!!!!  

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My thoughts: These are delicious little cupcakes! I really love this chocolate buttercream recipe- plus they are so cute! Note that chocolate covered strawberries only stay fresh for a couple of days before they start to get a little soggy/sticky. These last a little longer because they still have their stems attached- but don’t make these cupcakes WAY in advance. I hope you get a chance to try these!!!  Enjoy! ~r

Other Easter treats you might like (click on a photo to see the recipe):

Chocolate Easter Eggs with Peanut Butter FillingEasy Easter cut out cookiesEaster Cheesecake CupsJelly Bean Cookies!!!!

Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes

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Nothing says “April Fools’ Day!” like these fun spaghetti cupcakes with a yummy chocolate “meatball” on top!

“You put spaghetti on a cupcake?”

Direct quote from one of the kids I offered this cupcake to.

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I love April Fools’ Day! When I was little, my mom was always trying to fool us with food. I remember opening up my lunch at school one year and seeing green milk and a sandwich with no meat and an apple with little candy worms coming out of it. I’m sure she was laughing every year when she packed lunch on April 1.

So, I try to be original here on Easybaked. My favorite moments are when I have an idea, I google it, and NOTHING comes up. Believe it or not, that happened to me with Oreo Pops. Nobody had done them when I created my 1st batch!

THIS recipe is not an Easybaked original. It is one I saw all over the internet, and simply had to make for myself!

SO much fun- these just make me smile 🙂

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Here is how we made these little April Fools’ Day treats! (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed yellow cake mix, plus water, oil and eggs to make according to package
  • 2 sticks (one cup) of salted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 sticks (one cup) of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • Yellow food coloring
  • One can of raspberry pie filling
  • 24 Ferrero Rocher chocolates
  • 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

  • Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until melted and smooth.
  • Spoon this into a small paper or disposable plastic cup and place in the freezer for later.
  • Make cake mix according to box, and divide into 24 cupcake liners in cupcake tins.
  • Bake according to package and cool. Place them into a couple of cake pans so you can move them easily into the fridge.
  • Place butters, vanilla, and powdered sugar into a large mixing bowl and beat on high until very light and fluffy (3-4 minutes).
  • Add a TINY bit of yellow food coloring. Your frosting will already be a touch yellow from your butter, but you want it to be the pale yellow of spaghetti noodles.
  • Place frosting into a large zip-top bag and seal. Clip a corner, or if you have one, add a round decorating tip to a corner before adding frosting to the bag. You can experiment with the size. I liked nice fat noodles better than thinner ones. They were more defined.
  • Pipe random swirls of noodles on the tops of each cupcake. Be careful to not touch the tip to anything or they will smudge and look like frosting rather than noodles! 
  • Place cupcakes into the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes. You want that buttercream to harden up before you place anything on top.
  • Open can of pie filling, and unwrap chocolates.

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  • Remove cupcakes from fridge and place a chocolate into the pie filling. Gently spoon it out and set it on top of frosting “noodles”. I experimented, and it looks more realistic if you leave just a meatball on top, and don’t mess with artistically spooning sauce anywhere else- extra sauce makes it look messy, and you notice that the color isn’t exactly right. You can see how I did this wrong in the photos below:

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  • Once all cupcakes have a “meatball”, pull the cup of white chocolate out of the freezer. Tear away the paper cup- leaving a little circle of white chocolate.
  • Grate this over the top of each cupcake. This is the finishing touch- don’t skip this step 🙂 

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My thoughts: I LOVE these!!!!!!!!!  They were so much fun to make and I was so surprised at how much they really look like spaghetti! Plus they are soooo yummy! Buttercream + raspberries + chocolate = yes please!!!!!! I hope you have a chance to fool someone you love with these delicious little treats this year!!!  ~r

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Other fun April Fools’ ideas (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Fried Egg CookiesPoop cookies!Edible Jello Earthworm CupcakesHamburger Cookie!

Winter Garden Cupcakes

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Blue velvet cupcakes topped with icy white buttercream and pastel shimmery flowers. Who says you can’t have a little summer in the middle of January? 

It was my birthday last week, and I treated myself to the COOLEST kitchen gadget ever- or so I thought. Have you seen the piping tips for frosting that make whole flowers? I saw this video and I was in AWE of these! I’ve never taken cake decorating classes, or ever really attempted frosting flowers, so these little tips seemed perfect for me! I got a set of 12 on Amazon and I couldn’t wait to try them! My goal? A variety of white buttercream flowers dusted in edible pastel powders- like ice-covered flowers- on each cupcake.

The tips didn’t work. I tried a variety of frosting types and consistencies. I tried using the pastry bags included, I tried using a zip-top bag. Argh! Failure!

If the frosting was whipped (my typical buttercream- light and fluffy) it did not keep it’s shape when piped. If the frosting was a nice firm buttercream it simply didn’t pipe out of the tip at all- and squeezing harder either forced a hole in the bag or forced the tip and connecter to separate from the bag.

So, I had the cupcakes and decided to just go with what I had. Topped these with my very favorite buttercream and used a little fondant for the flowers 🙂 I think they are perfect!

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 Here’s how we made them (printable recipe here):

INGREDIENTS: (makes 24 cupcakes)

  • One blue velvet boxed cake mix- plus water, oil and eggs to make according to package. I used Duncan Hines to get this fun wintery blue color- and it was delicious!!!
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter (softened)
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons clear vanilla
  • A little white food coloring (if desired) to whiten the frosting even further
  • White fondant- I used a bit of Wilton’s boxed fondant, but you can make a little too- recipe here.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake mix according to box and bake in 24 cupcake liners. Cool.
  • Place butters, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat on high until light and whipped (this takes 3-5 minutes, and it will whiten up considerably as you beat it. If you want it whiter, add a bit of white food coloring.
  • Place into a large zip-top bag fitted with a piping tip and pipe swirls on top of each cooled cupcake.
  • To make flower decorations, roll fondant out and cut into leaf and flower shapes using small cookie cutters or fondant cutters.
  • Dust leaves with edible green dust and flowers with edible pastel dust. I use a brand called “Sterling Pearl” and it comes in a wide range of colors, and is available on Amazon or many cake supply stores.

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  • Place decorations on cupcakes and ENJOY!!

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My thoughts: I think that when your “dream” idea dies, that there isn’t really any second option that can replace it. That said- I got SO many compliments on these cupcakes. Everyone loved them. The blue velvet cake mix is really great- if you haven’t tried this one yet, it really is worth it- really great flavor!  Anyone want a set of 12 piping tips? 🙂 I hope you enjoy these wintery treats!  ~r

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We have loads of unique cupcakes here on Easybaked- like these! (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Rocky Road Cupcakes!!!!Banana Split CupcakesMalted Milkshake CupcakesPina Colada Cupcakes!

A New Year’s Collection of Top Recipes on Easybaked!!

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Happy New Year, friends! One of my favorite parts of marking the end of one year and the beginning of the next is looking back at all the things that made the previous year wonderful! One of the really fun things to look at is my statistics for this blog. A LOT of you visited us here this year!  Thank you!!!  I am always fascinated by which recipes really took off and became HUGE hits- and I’m always a tiny bit disappointed by the ones that I thought were AMAZING, that didn’t really catch anyone’s attention.

I have lots of fun recipes lined up to share with you in January, but this week- as we welcome 2017- here are the top picks from 2016.

Just click on a photo to see the recipe- and enjoy!!! ~r

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Strawberry Lemonade layer cake

Viewed 203,655 times in one month alone! The cupcake version of these is really popular too.

Classic Cheesecake with Sour Cream topping

Seriously, that cheesecake is maybe the best recipe on this blog. You have GOT to try it!!!! 🙂

Oreo pops

When this was 1st posted, there were NO other Oreo Pops on the internet- so I like to think that the Oreo Pop craze started here! We certainly have had fun creating all sorts of them for every holiday!

Bailey's Cupcakes

This recipe was from a failed audition for The Great American Baking Show, and a new friend!

Turtle Bundt

This is the most recent big hit on Easybaked- and it is really easy to make!

So, those were the top 5 in all-time views this year… but what were my favorites from 2016? These three!

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This is the star of 2016. It is SO yummy and got rave reviews every time I made it. A massive layer of cookie dough in the middle of a cake? Does it get any better than that???

Marshmallow Stuffed Oreos

2016 was also my year to turn those healthy little Oreo Thins into amazing stuffed Oreos! These marshmallow ones… oh my! We also stuffed Oreos with Key Lime Pie, Pumpkin Pie and Cookie Butter!

Cookie Monster Oreos!

These win my personal “cutest” recipe award for 2016! I loved making them and making cute little stickers to seal the bags I gifted them in too! So fun!

I’ve been asked many times what my all-time favorite recipe on Easybaked is. I’ve got SO many favorites- but if I had to pick one, it would be my Caramel Fudge Brownies. I love them because they are my mom’s famous mint brownies with my favorite caramel added in place of the mint- and they are just the BEST chocolate fix ever.

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I hope you have enjoyed this round-up of recipes!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

 

Strawberry Cream Confetti Cups!

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Nothing says “Happy New Year” like confetti!!!  These cakes, baked in cups, have confetti in every fun bite!

Confession: I am a confetti addict. I LOVE it. I don’t mind vacuuming it up for months after New Year’s Eve- at all! A few years ago we piled as much confetti as we could on my ceiling fan blades and at midnight we turned on the fan. Ah— SO much fun!!!!  You should totally try it. As a side note… on Cinco de May0 we also piled little candies on the fan and turned it on. We called it a “FAÑATA” ! 🙂 It hurt a little…but the memories!!!

Someday I want to be in Times Square on NYE…mainly for the confetti, but this year I will celebrate at my dad’s, and I have serious doubts about the level of confetti at our party…but he reads my blog, so maybe he will be inspired by my ideas! (*hint *hint dad…!)

Whether your party includes real confetti or not, these cups of cake will add some edible confetti to the celebration! Plus the strawberry and cream flavors… oh my.

Here’s how we made them: (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 12-16 cups of cake, or 24 cupcakes)

  • One boxed strawberry cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to package)
  • 2 cups (seriously- or more…) confetti sprinkles
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, softened
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of clear vanilla
  • A little white food coloring to brighten up the frosting (if desired!)
  • 12-16 (8 oz.) party cups. I got mine at Target in the dollar section, but there are all sorts on Amazon- like these. (or make these as cupcakes with polka dot cupcake liners!!)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees and place cups on cookie sheets (preferably the sort with edges, to prevent sliding!)
  • Make cake according to package.
  • Mix in a cup of confetti sprinkles, and spoon batter into cups, filling them about 1/2 full.
  • Bake according to package directions for cupcakes- but add a little extra time since they are bigger, and test with a toothpick. When it comes out clean, they are done!

*Note: I was a little uncomfortable baking in these paper cups- so I kept a constant eye on them. I’m not sure if they can burn- I suppose it depends on the cup- and I read about people who made cupcakes in Starbucks coffee cups and just did it with no problems. Please be careful though- and use your good judgement about baking in paper cups. If you have any hesitation, use cute cupcake liners instead! 😉

  • Remove from oven and allow them to cool completely.
  • Make frosting by combining butters, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat on high until very light and fluffy (about 4-5 minutes). Add white coloring if desired.
  • Scoop frosting on top of each little cake and then press the frosting into a bowl filled with confetti sprinkles to coat the top completely.

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My thoughts: These are a delicious and pretty way to say “Happy New Year!!!” I hope you love them as much as I do!!!

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Other fun New Year’s treats to make for your party! (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Confetti cookies!Ball Drop CupcakesPink Champagne Cupcakes1Raspberry Confetti Kisses

Caramel Pecan Cup of Cake!

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Take a plain cupcake and turn it into a layered work of art this Thanksgiving!

Everyone loves those beautiful layered trifle desserts. This recipe creates individual layered desserts. Aren’t they fun?? I used butter pecan cupcakes with yummy caramel sauce, pecans and homemade butter cream frosting. They were delicious! You can use this idea with literally ANY combination of flavors though! Get all the flavors of a “filled” cupcake- but SO much easier to assemble!

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Plus, you can wrap them up in cello bags with pretty fall ribbon and ties for an elegant holiday dessert!

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Can you tell that I enjoyed taking pictures of these!?!  Here is how we made them (printable recipe here):

INGREDIENTS: (Makes 24 cups of cake!)

Cake:

  • One boxed cake mix (plus oil, water and eggs to make according to package). I used Betty Crocker’s Butter Pecan cake mix. It was AMAZING!!!!!!!

Caramel sauce:

  • 32 unwrapped Kraft caramels
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

Buttercream:

  • 4 sticks of butter (softened)
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • You will also need 4-5 pecan halves per cup- and small clear Solo cups!

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake mix according to package and bake in 24 cupcake tins as directed by box (spray the pans with non-stick spray if you don’t use liners!). Cool.
  • Make caramel sauce by placing caramels, butter (1 stick) and sweetened condensed milk into a saucepan.
  • Melt over stove, stirring constantly, until caramels are entirely melted and smooth. 
  • Cool and place in a zip-top bag.
  • Make buttercream by placing 4 sticks of softened butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. 
  • Use hand mixer to beat on high for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. 
  • Place frosting in a zip-top bag that has been fitted with a decorating tip. Set aside.
  • To assemble, cut a cupcake in half. Pipe a little bit of frosting into bottom of cup and press cupcake bottom in cup.
  • Clip a corner off the bag of caramel and pipe along edge of cup on top of cupcake bottom. 

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  • Press pecans into caramel along edges
  • Pipe a little frosting between pecans (only use a little- mine had a touch too much icing in the middle- you could even skip this step and just have frosting on the bottom and top)
  • Place top of cupcake on, pipe a little more caramel on top of cupcake, and pipe a swirl of frosting on top. 
  • Add a pecan and decorate as desired. I used cute icing leaves by Wilton that I found at Michael’s.

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  • You’ll want to wrap these up or put them in an air-tight container to keep them fresh. I chose cello bags and ribbon ties- and they made me smile 🙂 These stay fresh for 3-4 days when covered.

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My thoughts: These got RAVE reviews. Personally, I thought they were a little sweet and I wished I had used less frosting (plus I ran out of frosting with 3 to go!) so use a little less than pictured (or make a little more…if you really like frosting!!) One of my friends HIGHLY recommended crumbled bacon as a layer in these 🙂 The GREAT news is that you literally can add anything you want to make these into your family’s favorite dessert!  Enjoy!!  ~r

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Other yummy pecan and/or caramel treats here on Easybaked! (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Praline Cupcakes1Turtle Bundt CakeMarshmallow Turtle Pops!Turtle Cheesecake

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