Here’s a quick and easy cupcake recipe that will get you out of the kitchen fast – leaving you more time to get out and enjoy the nice, warm summer weather.
There’s a box of pudding in the mix, so you know these cupcakes are moist and delicious. Another wonderful feature of this recipe, is that it uses a package of cake mix…which means I am finally beginning to whittle down the large quantity of cake mixes that I purchased during our local grocery store’s “buy two get three free” sale. Yea! 🙂
On a side note: Did you know that you can make powdered sugar if you run out and need some fast? I’m almost ashamed to say that I never knew this.
To my dismay, I ran out of powdered sugar while making the chocolate frosting to top off these cupcakes. I immediately turned to the internet to see if I could find a quick solution. Low and behold, I discovered that you can take some white granulated sugar and some cornstarch, toss them in your blender, and blend until it turns into powdered sugar. There’s a more detailed description of how to do it on wikiHow if you’re interested.
I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks. 🙂
Banana Cream Cupcakes
1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 (0.9 ounce) package Jell-O Sugar-Free Fat-Free Instant Banana Cream pudding mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 24 cupcake tins, or line with 24 paper baking liners.
In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients. With an electric mixer, beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat at medium speed for 3 minutes.
Fill cupcake tins 2/3 full with batter. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.
Cool completely on wire rack. Frost with Easy Chocolate Frosting, or frosting flavor of your preference; if desired.
Makes 24 cupcakes.
Easy Chocolate Frosting
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups powdered sugar
In a large bowl, combine butter and cocoa. Beat together until well combined.
Add milk, vanilla extract and salt. Beat until it becomes smooth.
Gradually add in powdered sugar. Continue beating the mixture, until the frosting is smooth, creamy and spreadable.