When I purchased bundt cake pans from pampered chef, I was the hunt to find the best bundt cake recipe. With a few easy tweaks, hit the jackpot of all bundt cake recipes on the first try - how often does that happen? To top the jackpot... it was a basic recipe just waiting for me (and now you) to switch it up! Then... when it was time to mass produce cupcakes for McKinley's birthday party, I skipped the bundt pans and went straight to cupcake forms. I mean... is there really a difference? No. Well, other than cupcakes show off my lack of frosting skills but whatever. When the cupcakes are this good, no one will remember your frosting. I promise.
Cup Cake Ingredients:
1 package of vanilla cake mix**
1 package (3.3 oz) of cheese cake pudding mix**
1 cup sour cream
4 large eggs
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1 1/4 cup white chocolate chips**
**Now... remember when I said this was a basic recipe just waiting for us to switch it up to make it our own? Well, go crazy and swap out the flavors of the cake mix, pudding mix and the chocolate chips.
Tried and true switch up combos:
Strawberry cake, cheesecake pudding & white chocolate chips
Confetti cake, cheesecake pudding & white chocoalte chips
So... you can see, I love cheesecake. But... the possibilities are limitless!
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
3-4 cups of powder sugar (depending on your taste)
2 tsp vanilla extract
Again... this is a basic frosting recipe. When I did the switch up combo with strawberry cake, cheesecake pudding & white chocolate chips I added about a quarter cup of strawberry jam to my frosting and it was delish. Seriously, get wild and try new things!
Directions: Using a mixer on low-medium speed, mix together all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips. Stop mixing when everything has combined - you don't want to over mix. Add in your chocolate chips and stir until they are evenly mixed it.
Cook at 350 until tooth pick comes out clean. For a cake check at 25 minutes and for cupcakes check at 15. (all ovens are different, so check often - you don't want to overcook this goodness).
Ok... Bonus notes. If you're like me you investigate the pictures. Yes, there is a cupcake with heath on it and there is no mention of heath above. So, what is it you ask? It's snot cake turned into a cupcake. Still unsure, here is the low down:
1 box of chocolate cake, and all ingredients listed on the box
1 can of sweet and condensed milk
1 jar of hot fudge
16 oz. container of cool whip
A bag of Heath Bits
Cook the chocolate cake according the package - in cake form, cupcakes or whatever floats your fancy. Take it out of the oven, let it cool a bit and then jab holes all over! The perfect whole jabber is a handle of a wooden spoon! Then... slowly pour one whole can of sweet and condensed milk (yes, one whole can) into all of the holes and all over the cake/cupcakes. Next up, do the pouring all over again except use the the whole jar of warmed hot fudge. Once the cake has completely cooled, top it with cool whip and top it with heath.
Simple & Delicious! And... of course, easy to make your own. Like vanilla cake? Ok, use that. Like Caramel instead of hot fudge? Ok, use that. Like butterfinger? Ok, use that.