Tonight I made 4 different cupcakes out of one box mix. I like using box mixes whenever possible because they’re so quick and easy. Plus they are really easy to spruce up! I mixed up a vanilla cupcake box mix as directed then I split it equally into 4 different bowls.
Cinnamon with sweet cream icing. I mixed about 1.5 tsp cinnamon into the mix. I filled the cups up almost all the way to the top and baked them as directed. When the cooled I sliced the top off the cupcake and cut a heart shape into the top. I iced the cupcakes (with the tops cut off) with a sweet cream icing and placed the top of the cupcake over the icing. Finally sprinkle with a little extra cinnamon and enjoy!
Lemon Raspberry. I added the zest of one lemon into the vanilla cake batter and then added a dollop of raspberry pie filling into the middle of the batter. Finally bake as directed and you are good to go! These were so easy and so good! I love the citrus and raspberry flavors together.
Cookie Filled Vanilla Cupcakes. I added just a little extra vanilla to this cupcake for a strong vanilla flavor. I filled the cupcake tins about half full with the batter and then mixed up some cookie dough (Mix 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, set aside; Cream 1/2 cup softened butter, 1/4 cup white sugar, and 1/2 cup brown sugar; Add 1 egg and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and mix until smooth; Mix in the flour mixture just until combined; and fold in 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips). I scooped a spoonful of cookie dough on top of the cake batter and pushed it down to the batter came up around the cookie dough. Bake as directed and ice with chocolate icing (I used the kind out of the tub…shhh!).
Finally, I just put the extra cookie dough into the cupcake tins and baked them just as is. I topped them with a little vanilla icing and drizzled with melted chocolate chips. They turned out delicious! The cupcake was a really dense almost muffin like consistency. I ate about half of them without any icing at all.