Day 87 – Trail Mix Cupcakes

26 Oct

So, I’m taking a little road trip today, and I thought, what better snack is there than trail mix?!  I love trail mix.  A justified “healthy” snack that includes chocolate?  Yes, please?!  So, what better to go with my trail mix than these Trail Mix Cupcakes (recipe below from Life in a Peanut Shell)?  I can’t think of a thing…

Chocolate-Vanilla Cupcake     Mini swirl cupcake


The cake is dense and moist. Lost most of the minis just trying to get them out of the pan.  It doesn’t have a strong flavor. You get a little white cake and a little chocolate, but neither is very aggressive. It’s just a delicate little treat.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

The frosting is relatively thick, but extremely creamy and smooth.  It’s very sweet and very chocolatey! It reminds me a lot of the chocolate frosting that used to come with Dunkaroos, for anyone who remembers those…

Trail-Mix-Cupcake     Mini-Trail-Mix

The balance without the trail mix is really nice. I’m very happy now that the cake isn’t a powerhouse, cause it would be overwhelming. The frosting is the star, but the cake is a lovely canvas for it. The trail mix actually lightens to whole combination up. It gives it a nice crunch and saltiness. This would be a good combination either way – with or without trail mix.

Notes: This recipe makes SO much batter!!! I made 24 full-size cupcakes and 24 minis and still had about half the batter left. If you’re making all the cakes, double the frosting recipe, cause it won’t be enough to frost all the cakes. But, if you’re looking for a tasty, adorable recipe that makes lots and lots of cupcakes (for a party or something), this is your cupcake!!

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 4.5
  • Ease of Making: 2 (none of the parts are terribly difficult, but you are literally making 2 full batches of cupcakes, plus a frosting)
  • TOTAL: 18


Trail Mix Cupcakes (recipe below from Life in a Peanut Shell)

For the Yellow Cake:

  • 3 cups cake flour (not self-rising), sifted
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 9 ounces (2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs plus 3 large yolks, room temperature
  • 2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Cake:

  • 3/4 cup(s) Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cup(s) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 cup(s) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 1/3 cup(s) milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla

For Dark Chocolate Fudge Buttercream:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup hot fudge topping
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For directions visit Life in a Peanut Shell.

*Tomorrow: Puppy Chow Cupcakes*

2 Responses to “Day 87 – Trail Mix Cupcakes”

  1. tastytreats13 October 26, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    How delicious!

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