cupcakes make a party

My father’s funeral service went pretty well, and it was kind of fun to see everyone, despite the rather somber circumstance. The outpouring of support has been pretty incredible and quite unexpected, and we are grateful.
I inherited my sweet tooth from my father, so I think it’s appropriate if I now turn to the subject of cupcakes.

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My friend’s daughter Lillie turned 11 last week, so we celebrated one night with cupcakes. She requested the Cookie Dough Cupcakes from the Cupcakes from the Cake Mix Doctor cookbook, so that’s what I made. They have chocolate buttercream frosting, and I have to say they were really quite tasty and easy to make.
Read on for the recipe!

Cookie Dough Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
from Cupcakes from the Cake Mix Doctor by Anne Byrn
makes 24
paper liners for the cupcake pans
1 package plain yellow cake mix
1 package vanilla instant pudding mix
1 cup whole milk
1 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 package frozen cookie dough (I used the mini Pillsbury dough from the dairy section then threw them in the freezer)
Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare the cupcake tins by inserting the liners.
Dump the cake mix, pudding mix, whole milk, veggie oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat a few minutes until well blended. Scoop batter into the cupcake tins (I used an ice cream scoop. The recipe says to put in 1/4 cup to fill 2/3 full, but I tend to overfill mine because I don’t have enough cupcake tins). Cut the frozen cookie dough to make 24 pieces. Place a piece on top of each cupcake. Place pans in oven.
Bake about 23-27 minutes, or until the cupcakes spring back when lightly prodded. Cool in pans on racks for 5 minutes then remove from the pans and continue to cool for about 15 minutes before frosting.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
1 stick butter, room temp
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted (I didn’t sift)
3-5 tablespoons milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Blend the butter and cocoa powder in a large bowl using an electric mixer on low. When the mixture is combined, add the powdered sugar, about 3 tablespoons of milk, and the vanilla. Blend on low for about a minute then increase the speed and beat until light and fluffy.

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8 Responses to cupcakes make a party

  1. i’m glad everything w/ your dad’s burial went ok. again, i’m sorry about your dad. 🙁
    thanks for this cupcake recipe. it sounds sooo good and i can’t wait to try it 🙂

  2. Susan says:

    I’m so sorry about your dad! I haven’t been by for awhile so I just saw the news and was shocked! It’s good that he didn’t suffer, but it’s always hard to deal with. I hope you’re all ok!

  3. Those look really good! Too bad you’ve provided us with the recipe, I must just have to make that, and I don’t need the calories!

  4. earthchick says:

    I’m so glad the service went well, and that you are feeling such support during this time.
    And I also have to say a huge thanks for introducing me to the Cake Doctor’s cupcake book a few months ago (when you posted about the Brooklyn Blackout cupcakes). Oh, man, am I making tasty treats these days. And I seem to be making them for every possible occasion. My waistline doesn’t thank you – but my family, friends, and coworkers certainly do!

  5. sara says:

    Glad to hear the services went well.
    Thanks for the cupcake recipe…I’ve been looking for a simple chocolate butter cream recipe.
    As for the quilt in your previous post it reminds of the brick quilt pattern from Amy Butler. I think it’s available as a free PDF on her website. It’s a little different but I think you could easily adjust it to make it look like that quilt.

  6. Emily says:

    Yum yum yum!!! I need to try those.

  7. Celia says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss, Mariko. I hope the Buddhist ceremony was comforting. When my sister-in-law died four years ago, the Buddhist priest was really helpful to our whole family. It sounds like your dad lived a long and full life. I send you sincere sympathy for your loss.

  8. Janet says:

    Mariko, you don’t know me, but I do read your blog frequently and feel like I know you a little because of this and through Megan (I’m one of her wicked step-sisters. for real.) I am very sorry to log on after some time and read of your loss. I am impressed with the grace and humor of you and your family (but not surprised). blessings

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