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These golden cinnamon cupcakes are intoxicating with bursts of vanilla and cinnamon. Crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal sprinkles the top of each cupcake after a vibrant sky blue swirl of simple vanilla buttercream.

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Cinnamon Toast Cupcakes

Cinnamon Toast Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Who says you can't have dessert for breakfast?

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, crushed
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup milk, room temperature
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 stick butter at room temperature (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted (see notes)
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream at room temperature (see notes)
  • Sky blue food gel coloring.

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together your flour, sugar, baking powder, & cinnamon.
  3. Add butter and milk and with a hand mixer on a low speed to incorporate into dry ingredients until just combined.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla.
  5. Switch to a medium speed and mix until combined and batter is smooth.
  6. Fill cupcake liners until each is half full.
  7. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes or until your cake tester comes out clean.
  8. Once baked, allow cupcakes to cool for 5 - 10 minutes while you work on the buttercream.

Vanilla Buttercream

  1. If not already done prior, sift 4 cups of powdered sugar. When finished, measure out 4 cups of sifted powdered sugar and put away what’s left.
  2. Beat butter and shortening together until both are well combined, light, and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  4. Place your stand mixer, or hand mixer, on the lowest possible setting. Begin to slowly and gradually add in your powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. (see notes)
  5. Add in heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, while beating buttercream at a medium speed until light & fluffy. (see notes)
  6. Add a few drops of sky blue food gel color and whip on a high speed for a good minute until color is fully incorporated.

Assembling

  1. Top each cupcake with blue vanilla buttercream.
  2. Sprinkle on crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
  3. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Recipe Ingredients: The ingredients have been sorted by the instructions - cake, buttercream, decorations.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Be sure to allow your dairy ingredients to reach room temperature. Room temperature ingredients not only combine more effortlessly (no over-mixing needed) but they also trap air so much better. This trap air will expand and produce a fluffy texture during your baking process.
  • Prepared Pan: There will always be the "next best way to prepare your pan" article. Simply put however, the most effective way i find in my kitchen is a light rub of shortening around the sides, parchment paper on the bottom of the pan, & a very light dusting of flour (cocoa powder for chocolate baked goods) all throughout.
  • If you’d prefer to skip the shortening, simply swap it out with 1 additional stick of room temperature butter.
  • If you’d prefer a more white, stiffer, buttercream then simply omit the butter & replace with 1 additional cup of shortening. Also be sure to swap out the vanilla extract for clear vanilla extract.
  • Make sure you sift your powdered sugar. This will help the sugar mix into the butter & shortening smoothly.
  • When all your powdered sugar has been added in, the buttercream will appear dry. Don’t raise the alarms. When adding in your milk or heavy cream, your buttercream will start to have the fluffy texture it‘s known for.
  • Keep in mind that your heavy cream should be added in 1 tablespoon at a time. I do this way to make sure I am not drowning my buttercream to the point of a soupy mess.
  • Also worth mentioning, if desired, you can easily swap out the heavy cream for equal parts of your preferred milk such as whole milk or buttermilk.

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Posted by Man Cake on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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