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If there was one thing we always wanted on our cupcakes, it was another cupcake.

Cupcakes on Cupcakes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup cocoa

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/2 cup strong, hot coffee (1 teaspoon espresso powder + 1/2 cup boiling water)

  • For the frosting:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature

  • 3 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2-3 tablespoons milk

  • Pink food coloring

  • 1 package mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

  • Nonpareil sprinkles (ball sprinkles)

  • Long jimmies (long sprinkles)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place cupcake liners in muffin tin.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  3. Add milk, vegetable oil, egg, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully add hot coffee to the cake batter.

  4. Evenly distribute cake batter among liners. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  5. Prepare the frosting. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla extract, and add enough milk to reach desired consistency. Color 1/4 cup frosting pink, and leave the remaining frosting white.

  6. Pipe a small amount of pink frosting on peanut butter cups. Add sprinkles.

  7. Pipe frosting onto cooled chocolate cupcakes, then add sprinkles. Top with mini cupcakes.

Cupcakes on Cupcakes




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- Why have stacks on stacks when you could have cupcakes on cupcakes? Today I'm gonna show you how to turn a mini Reese's peanut butter cup into a little mini cupcake. Let's get started. All right, so first off we're gonna make our frosting. In this large bowl right here I've got two sticks of softened butter. We're just gonna get this creamed. All right, this is looking ready for some sugar. So I've got some powdered sugar right here, we're gonna add some in, just about a third of it. So let's mix. All right, now let's do some more sugar. I think we can add in the rest. All right, butter and sugar, ready to go. Let's add in some vanilla. And to thin it out just a touch, we'll add in just a touch of milk. All right, frosting is all set to go, and we're gonna color some of it pink. This is gonna be for our little mini cupcakes. And I'm gonna leave the rest of it white for our regular cupcakes. Don't need too much here, that should do it. And some pink gel food coloring. Then I'll mix this in. All right, this is looking good. So I'm gonna put this into a little mini piping bag. And all right, perfect, I'll set this aside for later. Now let's get back to the regular frosting. I've got one more piping bag here, this is just a large piping bag that's been fitted with a large, round tip. If you don't have this, you could also use a Ziploc bag. All right, looking good, shake down, so give it a little massage to get out those air bubbles. Let's get frosting, so here I have got a dozen chocolate cupcakes. You can use your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe or you could use store bought ones. So we're just gonna grab our cupcake, add a really easy swirl on the top. Then I pop 'em back, and repeat for the rest. All right, now it's time for some sprinkles. So here I have got some rainbow colored jimmies, just gonna sprinkle these on top, just for a little color. Let's put these aside, and let's talk about our mini cupcakes now. So here I have some little mini Reese's peanut butter cups. I'm gonna grab my pink frosting over here, and add a little swirl on top. Got some little sprinkles here, and that is adorable. All right, let's make some more. I like using the non pearls here, kind of gives it some variety, we've got the long ones on top, and now some little round ones. All right, cupcakes are assembled, let's pop 'em on top. And that's it, that's all there is to it to make your cupcakes on cupcakes. Enjoy.