Hi everyone! I’m Rachel from Rachel Cooks.
I’m so excited/honored/nervous/thrilled/intimidated to be filling in for Amanda today. I mean…how insanely talented is she? And she does it all with five kids. Whaaaaaaa? I can barely hold things together and I only have two children.
Anyways, my blog is all about family friendly cooking. I focus on easy to prepare meals that the whole family will love. Because not everyone is a super mom like Amanda.
I feature everything from dinners for the slow cooker to salads, snacks and desserts. I’m also all about balance. I’m not a vegan (how do people live without cheese?). I’m not gluten-free. I don’t buy ALL organic and local (gasp!). But, I do my best.Don’t we all?
I try to use mostly whole grains but come on…what’s a cupcake with whole wheat flour going to taste like? I try to not use too much butter…but…umm…hello! I NEED butter for my popcorn.
You get the point. I enjoy food — all of it. Especially the fun hidden surprise in these cupcakes. My 2-year-old daughter loved these as well, but whats not to love about cupcakes, buttercream and M&Ms? If you serve them at a party, all your guests will be so surprised when the bite into these.
When thinking of Amanda and what I wanted to share on her site, I immediately thought of her “surprise inside” cakes (and her upcoming book) which are amazing, gorgeous and so creative. I was inspired by her creativity and pushed to come up with my own “surprise inside” creation. These vanilla cupcakes are a cinch to make (if I can do it, you can do it!) and they are so, so fun!
Vanilla Cupcakes (with a surprise inside!)
(Every recipe I share on my site is followed by “Verdict, Husband’s take, Changes I would make, and Difficulty” to give you a little more information about the recipe, I’ll do the same here!)
Verdict: Simple to make and fun to eat! Win-win.
Husband’s take: He loved these! Again, whats not to love?
Changes I would make: None are necessary but you could experiment with different types of candy in there cupcakes. Also, if you’re new to baking you could definitely use a boxed mix and premade frosting if you wanted to really throw these together quickly.
Thanks for having me, Amanda…and thanks for inspiring me to create this fun recipe!
Isnt Rachel amazing? She is an inspiration to me and so many others. Thank you so much sweety! This recipe is so fun!