Cupcakes are THE ideal comfort food: they’re easy to eat, often delicious and available in all shapes, sizes and flavors. Plus, they are often cute, which makes them social media-worthy (especially when you want to post photos of your comfort food). It’s no wonder people love cupcakes: they’re cute, convenient and cruelly delicious.

But the best parts about cupcakes don’t stop there. Did you know that you can merge your best worlds in food by making a cupcake version of your favorite comfort foods? 

You can make comfort food out of your favorite comfort food by turning these foods (or drinks) into cupcakes.

Here are some of our favorite comfort foods-turned-cupcakes recipes (spoiler: it’s hot chocolate and PB&J sandwich!)

Hot Chocolate With Marshmallow Frosting Cupcakes

2-tiered cupcakes
Photo by Katherine Chase on Unsplash

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ cup of water
  • ¼ tsp. of cayenne pepper
  • ¾ cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup of cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tbsp of butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract

For the frosting:

  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 oz marshmallow fluff
  • 4 oz butter
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Next, line your muffin tin or baking pan with parchment or baking paper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the cayenne pepper, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a second bowl, mix the cocoa powder and hot water.
  4. In a third bowl, blend the sugar and butter together with a hand mixer. Mix until fluffy and light. Next, add vanilla extract, vegetable oil and egg. Mix until combined.
  5. Add ½ of the cocoa mixture, 1/3 of the flour mixture and all the remainders of both mixtures. Blend until smooth.
  6. Fill the cupcake liners by spooning batter about 2/3 of the way.
  7. Bake the cakes for 16 to 18 minutes. Your cupcakes are done once you insert a toothpick or knife in the center and it comes out clean.
  8. After 10 minutes, remove the cupcakes from the tin and let them cool.

For the frosting, use a hand mixer to beat the butter, powdered sugar, cinnamon and cayenne pepper together until fluffy and light. Mix the vanilla and fluff together before you pour the mixture into a piping bag.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

Four Cupcakes Photography
Photo by Julias Torten und Törtchen from Pexels

Ingredients

  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 and ¼ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/3 cup tsp. of granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 18 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp whole milk
  • ¾ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of jam of your choice

For frosting

  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp whole milk
  • 1 and ½ cup of powdered sugar
  • ½ cup of creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup of unsalted butter, room temperature

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Next, line your muffin tin or baking pan with parchment or baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together. Next, add the butter and mix everything at medium-low speed.
  3. Fold in the peanut butter first before adding the eggs one at a time. Beat the mixture until fully incorporated.
  4. Mix in the vanilla, milk and yogurt using a spatula. Once everything is fully incorporated, blend the mixture with a hand mixer at a medium-high speed.
  5. Fill the cupcake tins about two-thirds of the way.
  6. Bake your PB&J cupcake for 14 to 16 minutes. After baking the cupcakes, cool them down for 10 minutes before cutting a small well on the top of each cake. Fill the well with your favorite jam.

To make the frosting, combine peanut butter and butter in a large bowl. Use a mixer to beat both until well-combined and creamy.

With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the powdered sugar until combined with the mixture. Make sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl so that all the ingredients are combined. Finish the icing mixture by adding salt and vanilla extract. Frost the cupcakes using whatever method you want.

Comfort food turned into cupcakes is a meta love story with the food we all want to have. Enjoy your cupcake by baking comfort food cupcakes today.

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