Just Call Me Betty

Last week, I got on this cupcake kick.  I was inspired by some homemade cupcake pictures my friend Julie posted on facebook and wanted to try and make some of my own!  Coincidentally, it was my turn to take treats to school on Friday = perfect timing!

The first batch I made were yellow cake cookie dough cupcakes with milk chocolate frosting.  Here's my secret (passed along from Julie): use a box mix to save time and jazz it up a little.  Use store-bought frosting.  The fanciness is all in the way you decorate!

Anyway, here's what I did!

Yellow Cake Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Center
1 box yellow cake mix
1 pkg vanilla pudding
1/2 cup water (warm)
1/2 cup oil
4 large eggs
1 cup Sour Cream

Frosting: Milk Chocolate 

Pour the batter into cupcake liner about 1/4 full, top with a good teaspoonful of cookie dough, then fill liner with more batter.  Bake according to box instructions.

When cool, frost and/or decorate the cupcakes.  I used milk chocolate Pillsbury frosting.  I bought a Wilton cupcake decorating kit at Target, and also a coupler (which helps hold the tip and bag in place) from Michael's.  Here's how they turned out!

The following night, I made two more batches of cupcakes.  The first were Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, and second were Cream-Filled Devil's Food Chocolate Cupcakes with vanilla frosting.

Here are my recipes!

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes
1 box white cake mix
1 1/4 cups strawberry pop
Vegetable oil and eggs, as called for on box
4 oz. block of cream cheese, cut into 24 pieces
3 Tablespoons strawberry jam or preserves

Frosting: Cream Cheese with red food coloring

Pour batter into cupcake liners.  Place small piece of cream cheese on top and lightly press into batter.  Top with a drop of strawberry jam or preserves.  Bake according to package instructions.

For frosting, I used store-bought cream cheese frosting and added red food coloring to make pink.

Cream-Filled Devil's Food Cupcakes
{I actually used the same recipe as the yellow cupcakes above but omitted the pudding.}
1 box Devil's Food cake mix
1/2 cup water (warm)
1/2 cup oil
4 large eggs
1 cup Sour Cream

6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cup confectioners (powdered) sugar 
3/4 cup marshmallow fluff (I used cream because I couldn't find fluff at the store)
1 1/2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon heavy cream

Frosting: Vanilla

After baking cupcakes, I used my small decorating tip to fill inside of cupcakes.  It was super easy, and kind of fun!  Then I frosted with vanilla (again store-bought) frosting.

These were the only kind I tried.  I'm a sucker for chocolate and couldn't resist!  According to a lady at work, they were excellent.  And I quote: "Whoever made those chocolate cupcakes with the cream cheese frosting in the center: w-o-w.  I don't know what there is to eat in heaven, but I'm guessing those would be on the menu.  Yum-o."

Yep, those were MY cupcakes!

I'm going to make some more this week for my student teacher's last day!  I'm going to be even more creative and {hopefully} make them teacher-y.  Maybe I'll add some sprinkles, as well!  I'll post pics of the results!

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