Bird’s Nest Peepcakes

April 24, 2011 at 7:28 PM | Posted in cupcakes | 12 Comments
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Happy Easter to all my cupcake freaks!

Now I know what you’re thinking!
“How the heck can you be eating cupcakes when you JUST told us that you started Weight Watchers?”
Am I right? I knew it. I must have been a mind reader in a former life.

But these aren’t just any cupcakes. These are WW approved cupcakes! But before I give you the recipe, if you are anti-cake mix, you best just move onto another blog right now b/c there’s cake mix involved.

Hey… Wait! Come back! Gimme a chance. It’s bound to be delicious…


Bird’s Nest Peepcakes
Recipe adapted from Dinner With Danielle

Makes 24 cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

1-18.25oz of cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Milk Chocolate)
1-12oz can of diet soda (I used diet A&W cream soda)
1 large egg or 2 egg whites* (I used 1/3 cup egg white substitute)
12 chick peeps
36 Robin’s egg whoppers
favorite butterceam recipe or 1 can of pre-made frosting
1 cup shredded coconut, toasted**

* You can omit the egg(s) if you want and it should still work but I decided to keep the egg(s) to have a fluffier “cake”
** I toast coconut in a skillet over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until brown, about 5 minutes.

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350F. Line cupcake pan with liners.

In a stand mixer, fitted with a flat beater (or a large bowl with hand mixer), combine the cake mix, egg(s) and diet soda. Mix until all ingredients are well combined, about 2 minutes.

Fill cupcake liners about 1/2-2/3 full. Bake for about 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.

Using a Wilton 1M (or your favorite star or round tip), pipe a small mound of frosting on each cupcake. It doesn’t have to look perfect since you’ll be covering it with coconut.

Style 1. Top with chick peep and add toasted coconut around the chick peep.
Style 2. Coat cupcake with toasted cupcake. Add 3 Robin’s egg whoppers on top.

ENJOY!

Husband rating: A+
He said he couldn’t even tell tastewise I’d done anything different to the “cake” recipe.

Wifey rating: A+
I’m really surprised at how yummy the diet soda cake mix turned out. Obviously b/c there’s frosting and candy on it, the whole cupcake isn’t WW friendly. But I was making it for our family Easter party so I didn’t wanna make it too “diet-y” for them. Don’t worry! I scrapped off most of the frosting (blasphemy!) so it wasn’t too bad for me. Next time I make this I’ll probably do a fat free whipped cream instead of frosting to make it really WW friendly. Check out Danielle’s blog for tons of other flavor combinations! I wanna try the white cake+diet orange soda next. I”m told it’s suppose to taste like a creamsicle! Yum.

Other rating: A+
All our family and friends LOVED the cupcake. When I told them it was made with diet soda they were totally surprised. Even my 15 month old twin nieces loved them. I have proof.

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12 Comments

  1. Good luck with WW. Cake mix does already have sugar in it, so diet soda is going to be mostly a flavor thing.

  2. Oh yeah. I know cake mix already has sugar. WW works on a point system so substituting the diet soda for the water, oil and whole eggs is lower in points. Thanks for the good luck!

  3. I’ve done the diet soda trick, but never with a can of chickpeas too! Very interesting!

  4. These are very cute. I did something similar for Easter.

  5. Along with being totally cute, I love that you did the diet soda cake mix recipe! It’s so easy, and I too cannot taste a difference!

  6. These are so cute!

  7. How many points for just the cupcake w/out the frosting? Is that the NEW pointsPlus system?

  8. It will vary depending on what cake mix you use. I used Betty Crocker Milk Chocolate and using the nutritional information on the box and the egg white substitute, the cupcake no frosting is 3 PP+. If you don’t use the egg white it will be less points. HTH

  9. I know that you don’t know me but I have been checking out your blog for cupcake ideas…I did the Coke ones and did a twist on Malibu rum and Coke. They were fantastic. I also did Peep cupcakes!!! Thanks for posting some of your recipes! I am a beginner baker!

    http://angelaclayton.wordpress.com/

  10. So glad you enjoyed the recipes. I ♥ when readers come back with their reviews (esp the yummy ones)! Have fun baking.

  11. I would eat peeps any time of year especially with cupcakes. I’m reading this and its August 2. I wonder where I could find PEEPS!

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