Pop Tart Cupcakes have strawberry jam, sprinkles, and pop tarts in the frosting. Nothing could be better!
When it comes to making cupcakes, no ingredient is out of the question, except vegetables (well, except carrots and zucchinis; they’re exempt from the rule). I’ve made a few out of the ordinary cupcakes including my oatmeal cream pie cupcakes and cupcakes with my Circus Animal frosting.
I purchased a box of Pop Tarts for the sole purpose of using them in a dessert. Secretly, I knew it would be SO hard not to eat them all before they made it into these cupcakes.
I remember eating Pop Tarts for breakfast growing up; I preferred them heated in the toaster oven myself.
Just thinking about it now has my mouth watering. So naturally I snuck a few bites of the strawberry Pop Tarts before I tossed them into the mixer.
For the cupcake, I decided to stick with a traditional vanilla cupcake mix, to which I added a hint of vanilla extract and some sour cream. I love to use sour cream in my cake mixes because it helps give them that extra moist texture.
People always ask what my secret is to keeping the cupcakes soft. The answer is always to use sour cream.
I can’t take credit for this though; I learned this through making various recipes from the book, The Cake Mix Doctor.
I’ve also filled these cupcakes with a little bit of strawberry jam for the perfect Pop Tart effect. It adds a little bit of sweetness to the vanilla cupcake and is a nice little surprise for when you bite into it.
These cupcakes are really all about the frosting because the frosting is loaded with Pop Tarts. Booyah! The frosting is a bit sweet, but once it’s added to the cupcake, the combination is unreal.
In the frosting you’ll find a hint of strawberry jam as well to amplify the Pop Tart effect. To decorate them, top them with another piece of Pop Tart and some sprinkles.
Sprinkles make everything better.
Everyone I told about these strawberry pop tart cupcakes got a confused look on their face, but once they tried them, they were instantly going in for a second bite.
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