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You won’t be able to resist these Pop Tart Cupcakes! The vanilla cupcake is filled with strawberry jam and topped with a Strawberry Pop Tart frosting.
I have a slight obsession with outrageous cupcakes, but I think you know that already. It all started with adding things such as cookies, and then I took it a little further with my Seven Layer Bar Frosting (don’t miss that one). Then I moved on to cupcakes stuffed with things like Rice Krispie Treat Frosting and Oatmeal Cream Pies. So it should come as no surprise that I made these Pop Tart Cupcakes for you today.
You guys had to have seen this coming right? After I shared those Frosted Strawberry Pop Tart cookies last week, I couldn’t just stop there.
Here’s the deal. I am not afraid of a little cake mix here and there. While I do enjoy baking from scratch, I can’t deny the convenience of a cake mix. Plus, I do love that you can take a cake mix and tweak it for your liking. That is exactly what I did with these cupcakes.
This recipe starts with a vanilla cake mix to which I’ve added some sour cream (for moisture), a hint of vanilla extract and a strawberry jam filling. Everyone always asks me what my secret is for my cupcakes. It’s always the same answer: sour cream! I use a light sour cream as opposed to full fat. This is a personal preference.
The frosting is really where it’s at. Don’t be intimated by the amount of butter or powdered sugar (this recipe is NOT diet-friendly). Since I used a cookie scoop to pile on the frosting, you really do need quite a bit of it to spread across all your cupcakes.
I’ve gone ahead and added crushed pop tarts (yes I did!) and a little bit of strawberry jam to the frosting. The strawberry jam helps eliminate that over powering sugar flavor but adds a subtle strawberry tone. This frosting is all about the Pop Tarts, and you’ll be pleased to find that every bite is stuffed with plenty of them. As I previously mentioned, I used a cookie scoop to plop the frosting on top of the cupcake. It is much easier than trying to pipe it. Since there are small pieces of the Pop Tarts in the frosting, it gets stuck in the piping tip, so don’t waste your time with that.
One last question, should I be making these in a brown sugar version? I am thinking so.
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This recipe for these Pop Tart Cupcakes originally appeared on Food Fanatic.
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