Tasty Tuesday | Sopapilla Cupcakes

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Okay, so I know what you’re thinking…MEXICAN AGAIN?!
Well, it is Cinco de Mayo, and I’m all about celebrating, so you’ll just have to get over it.
Plus, when I tried these cupcakes a week ago, they landed a spot in my top three cupcakes of all time list (I don’t really have a list, but if I did, they’d be on it).
I sent a batch with hubs’ for his teacher friends to enjoy. Don’t worry, I kept one for myself.
So without further ado, I give you Sopapilla Cupcakes!
sopapilla cupcakes
Recipe originally posted here.
Ingredients:
Cake:
1 (16.5 ounce) package white cake mix
1 cup water
3 large egg whites
1/4 cup oil
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1 tablespoon white sugar
Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
3 cups confectioners’ sugar, or more as
needed
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons milk, or as needed
1 tablespoon honey, for drizzling
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners.
2. Mix cake mix, water, egg whites, oil, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, vanilla extract, and lemon extract together in the bowl of a stand mixer; mix on low for 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium and mix batter for 2 minutes. Fill muffin cups 2/3-full with batter.
3. Combine white sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon together in a small bowl; sprinkle over batter.
4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in a cupcake comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Cool cupcakes to room temperature.
5. Beat butter in a bowl using an electric mixer until creamy and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, 3 tablespoons honey, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; beat until just combined. Mix milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, into creamed butter mixture until desired consistency of frosting is reached. Spoon frosting into a piping bag or a plastic bag with a snipped corner; pipe onto each cupcake. Drizzle honey over each frosted cupcake. (I didn’t drizzle the honey).
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