As a stay-at-home mom living in a small rural town that I did NOT grow up in, I know all about how hard it can be to find friends.
So several years ago, when I started taking cake decorating classes in the bigger city an hour away, I was hopeful.
And when I met a woman who was also a stay-at-home mom and lived in a small town not too far from mine, I thought maybe I had finally found a friend.
Never mind that my oddball radar was going off like crazy. I had convinced myself that I was too picky and judgmental, and needed to keep an open mind or be cold, lonely, and friendless for all of my born days.
So I ignored the warnings, and asked if she wanted to come over one afternoon to hang out and work on some of our cake decorating homework.
On the designated day, I got up, dressed in clothes that didn’t include fleece pants or slippers, and made sure my house was clean.
Then the bell rang.
It was her.
And when I opened the door, she immediately (and loudly) announced that she was hungry.
As I ushered her in, I kept thinking to myself how weird this was. Why didn’t she eat before she left? What woman announces that she is hungry as soon as someone she BARELY KNOWS answers the door?
Isn’t that sort of rude?
But I ignored it. Again, maybe I was being judgmental. So I kindly asked her if she would like me to put together some cheese and crackers, or a bowl of chips and dip.
And this woman replied, “got any cereal?”
GOT. ANY. CEREAL.
Once again, I pushed my sarcastic remarks and funny looks aside, and opened my pantry, at which point she proceeded to act as though she were making a life changing decision.
I mean…I do keep a nice variety if I do say so myself. But still.
After a great deal of debate and mental anguish, she decided on Rice Chex.
So I poured her a bowl, (the whole time trying to decide how obvious it would be if I grabbed my phone and started texting my husband about her) and handed it to her with a spoon.
She proceeded to sit and slurp her cereal.
And I couldn’t take it any longer.
And oooohhhh….she deserved it. It was such an uncomfortable moment…me sitting there looking at this woman that I barely knew, loudly slurping up cereal like she didn’t have a care in the world.
It was weird.
See why I’m a hermit? Antisocial? People have MADE me this way, y’all…..I am but a victim.
Needless to say, the friendship slowly fizzled out. And I learned to always listen to my oddball radar.
This story has nothing to do with these cupcakes. Except that they are both cereal-related. I tried to think of a fancy transition, but nothing came to mind.
Cap’n Crunch is one of my all time favorite cereals, so it was fairly obvious that I needed to turn it into a cupcake. Plus, if a cupcake has cereal in it, that pretty much means that you can eat it for breakfast.
Duh. So obvi.
(click here for printable recipe)
1 box Duncan Hines Classic Yellow cake mix
1 cup buttermilk
4 large eggs
1/3 cup oil
4 cups Cap’n Crunch cereal, plus more for garnish
Preheat oven to 350. Line 24 muffin tins with baking cups and set aside.
Using a food processor or a large Ziploc bag and rolling pin, crush 2 cups of the cereal very finely (to a cornmeal consistency). In the bowl of a mixer, add the cake mix, crushed cereal, buttermilk, eggs, and oil. Beat on low speed about one minute, stopping to scrape down sides of the bowl. Increase speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more. Fold other 2 cups on uncrushed cereal into the batter.
Fill liners 2/3 full and bake for 12-15 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Allow to cool on cooling racks.
To Make Frosting:
2 sticks butter, at room temperature (I used salted)
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup milk
4 cups powdered sugar
7 oz jar marshmallow creme
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the 2 sticks of butter, peanut butter, milk, and vanilla on medium low speed until well blended.
Slowly add powdered sugar and beat on low until just barely blended. Increase speed until medium and beat for about 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Fold in Marshmallow Creme, not fully combining to allow for a swirl of marshmallow throughout.
Frost cupcakes generously and add a sprinkle of cereal to the top.
Even if you don’t like Cap’n Crunch, you really need to find a use for this frosting. For serious.
Okay, so…….two things you learned today #1 Peanut butter frosting with marshmallow swirl is awesome #2 Never slurp cereal at the house of someone you barely know–it is weird and you will be judged harshly and possibly blogged about at a later time.
Pretty sure my work here is done.
Have a happy Wednesday, hope you’re all safe, warm, and cozy!!