Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes

Sweet, sugary cereal. Kids cereals are still my go to. Well, I'm not a big cereal fan for the most part; it's not that it isn't delightful, I'm just always hungry again 30 minutes later. Even with all the high fiber adult stuff. Cereal is not a meal! It's a side dish. I figure I'll keep it real at breakfast and eat eggs as the main course. Come to think of it, I don't have enough breakfast recipes shared on here...

Back to the main story of the night. Cinnamon Toast Crunch is one of the most famous and best kids cereals in existence. If I am going to have cereal, I will go for a bowl of milk with these tiny cinnamon cookies in it. Sure, Lucky Charms are good. Everyone loves marshmallows. Golden Grahams aren't bad, either. But something about cinnamon and sugar together go well in the mornings. Cinnamon buns are a great example. Do you know anyone that hates cinnamon buns?


During my cupcake baking fiasco recently, I was determined to create a selection of cupcakes for my friend's bridal shower. A cupcake, buffet, if you will. Sound like paradise yet?

In my scouring of both my mind and the grocery store, I picked up some Cinnamon Toast Crunch, undecided on where I'd go with it.

To make the cupcakes, I used my Yellow Cake recipe and added in a good amount of cinnamon. It's cinnamon and sugar that make the Cinnamon Toast Crunch great, and that wasn't challenging to emulate.



The key was the frosting and toppings, though. I made the basic buttercream, adding some vanilla extract and a dash of cinnamon.



And when I went to frost them, I crushed up some cereal and sprinkled it on top. I then placed a piece of Cinnamon Toast Crunch on each.



Can we just talk about how cute these are? Because they are really CUTE! Out of all the cupcakes I made, these were my favorite. They were a great representation of the cereal, and were nice and moist in the middle. I was proud to show these bad boys off, and can't wait until the next party so I can make them again. A few slight adjustments to a basic recipe went a long way.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes Recipe

For the cake:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/3 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon
eggs

For the frosting:
1/2 cup butter
3 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons 2% or whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1-2 tablespoons Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Instructions:

To make the cake, heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt and mix. Add in milk, vegetable oil, butter, vanilla, and cinnamon and beat using a hand or stand mixer for 2 minutes. Add eggs and beat for 3 minutes. Pour into cake pans sprayed with nonstick baking spray and bake for 20-25 minutes, until you can poke the center of the cake with a toothpick and it comes out clean.

To make the frosting, beat butter using a mixer for 3-5 minutes in a large mixing bowl, until it is light and fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon, beating between each new addition. Mix until the frosting reaches desired consistency.

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