Holiday Surprise Cupcakes

A few weeks ago I saw square cupcake pans at Marshalls (something like this) and had a vision…


Adorable “presents” for my friends for our potluck dinner last night. My piping skills might not be perfect yet, but I’m blaming the runny frosting on this one (our heat seems to be messed up and the apartment has been almost 80 degrees the past few days). I wasn’t going to even attempt piping bows on a weekday, so I used Pull-and-Peel Twizzlers. Again no one noticed the messiness and the cupcakes disappeared very quickly. (Do you still call them cupcakes if they’re square? And aren’t actually served in a cup? Maybe just mini-cakes, who knows)


I used spice cake mix to be seasonal and cream cheese frosting because it’s my favorite, and filled them with a special surprise. My plan was to bite into them and see the “gift” wrapped inside — cream cheese frosting mixed with nutella and heath bar bits — but unfortunately this combination of ingredients is a color extremely similar to spice cake, so the filling wasn’t quite visible. I’m definitely going to use that frosting on some other cupcakes very soon.


The combination of spice cake and cream cheese frosting was amazing as always, and they got lots of “awwwww’s” when i served them.

Happy holidays and baking!

Spice Cake Present Cupcakes

1 box spice cake mix
1 can cream cheese frosting
1 bag Pull-and-Peel Twizzlers
4 tbsp Nutella
1/4 cup Heath bar bits

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Prepare spice cake mix according to instructions and fill greased square cupcake pan cavities 3/4 of the way full
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean.
- While cake is baking, prepare filling by mixing 1/4 of the can of frosting with the Nutella and heath bar
- When cooled, cut holes in half of the cupcakes, reserving a cover for the hole
- Stack cupcakes with holes on top of intact cupcakes
- Fill holes with Nutella-cream cheese frosting goodness (use a knife, not a piping bar or your tip will get clogged, trust me) and cover
- Frost and decorate as you wish!

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5 Responses to “Holiday Surprise Cupcakes”

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    kcrosson — December 17, 2009 @ 1:55 am

    cream cheese frosting this, cream cheese frosting that. this blog has a huge vegan following and I think you should cook accordingly.

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    Anonymous — November 24, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    You have a huge non-vegan following as well.

    Keep the cream cheese :)

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    elanalauren — December 12, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

    i was just reading this and love this idea for the holidays- do you think it would work with rice crispy treats as the base??

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    Erica — December 14, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    Elana – I think rice crispy treats would be great!

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