Bird’s Nest PeepcakesApril 24, 2011 at 7:28 PM | Posted in cupcakes | 12 Comments
Tags: Easter, peeps
Happy Easter to all my cupcake freaks!
Now I know what you’re thinking!
“How the heck can you be eating cupcakes when you JUST told us that you started Weight Watchers?”
Am I right? I knew it. I must have been a mind reader in a former life.
But these aren’t just any cupcakes. These are WW approved cupcakes! But before I give you the recipe, if you are anti-cake mix, you best just move onto another blog right now b/c there’s cake mix involved.
Hey… Wait! Come back! Gimme a chance. It’s bound to be delicious…
Bird’s Nest Peepcakes
Recipe adapted from Dinner With Danielle
Makes 24 cupcakes
1-18.25oz of cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Milk Chocolate)
1-12oz can of diet soda (I used diet A&W cream soda)
1 large egg or 2 egg whites* (I used 1/3 cup egg white substitute)
12 chick peeps
36 Robin’s egg whoppers
favorite butterceam recipe or 1 can of pre-made frosting
1 cup shredded coconut, toasted**
* You can omit the egg(s) if you want and it should still work but I decided to keep the egg(s) to have a fluffier “cake”
** I toast coconut in a skillet over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until brown, about 5 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350F. Line cupcake pan with liners.
In a stand mixer, fitted with a flat beater (or a large bowl with hand mixer), combine the cake mix, egg(s) and diet soda. Mix until all ingredients are well combined, about 2 minutes.
Fill cupcake liners about 1/2-2/3 full. Bake for about 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.
Using a Wilton 1M (or your favorite star or round tip), pipe a small mound of frosting on each cupcake. It doesn’t have to look perfect since you’ll be covering it with coconut.
Style 1. Top with chick peep and add toasted coconut around the chick peep.
Style 2. Coat cupcake with toasted cupcake. Add 3 Robin’s egg whoppers on top.
Husband rating: A+
He said he couldn’t even tell tastewise I’d done anything different to the “cake” recipe.
Wifey rating: A+
I’m really surprised at how yummy the diet soda cake mix turned out. Obviously b/c there’s frosting and candy on it, the whole cupcake isn’t WW friendly. But I was making it for our family Easter party so I didn’t wanna make it too “diet-y” for them. Don’t worry! I scrapped off most of the frosting (blasphemy!) so it wasn’t too bad for me. Next time I make this I’ll probably do a fat free whipped cream instead of frosting to make it really WW friendly. Check out Danielle’s blog for tons of other flavor combinations! I wanna try the white cake+diet orange soda next. I”m told it’s suppose to taste like a creamsicle! Yum.
Other rating: A+
All our family and friends LOVED the cupcake. When I told them it was made with diet soda they were totally surprised. Even my 15 month old twin nieces loved them. I have proof.
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