Jan 2009

Froot Loop Cupcakes

This funky monkey of a recipe comes from The Breakfast Cereal Gourmet by David Hoffman from Andrews McMeel Publishing. I added a generous amount of orange zest to the original recipe in order to incorporate some real “froot” flavor into the sweet batter. The end result is a super-moist and fluffy cake with lovely golden edges. Golden Froot Cupcakes are perfect for kids and kids at heart.

  • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • Zest from one orange*
  • ¾ cup Froot Loops or Apple Jacks
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Using a mixer with a whip attachment, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and continue to cream. Gradually, add the vanilla and egg, mixing in well. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix into the butter mixture alternating with the milk in 3 batches. Add orange zest to batter.

Pour the batter into muffin pans lined with cupcake paper liners, filling them three-quarters full, and sprinkle the tops with a generous sprinkling of cereal.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes (8 to 10 minutes for mini cupcakes), until the cupcakes are puffed and firm in the center and light golden brown on the edges. Optional: Serve with a light dusting of powdered sugar.

Makes 6 full size cupcakes or 18 mini cupcakes.

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18 thoughts on “Froot Loop Cupcakes

  1. I think the lack of colors are because it says fruit loops but those are obviously apple jacks.

  2. How fun are these! I would love to make these for a child’s birthday party… the question is, how did they taste? Did the froot loops (apple jacks) stay crunchy? I’m definitely intrigued…

  3. Carson – The orange zest really makes the cupcakes’ flavor fantastic. Without the zest, the cake would taste plain sweet, which isn’t bad, just not very interesting. The cereal stayed crunchy for at least a day. Since the recipe only yields six cupcakes, they were eaten up the same day they were made.

  4. OMG I love it. My 2 year old is obessed with cereal of all types. She would love these cupcakes! I am going to have to try them!

  5. I made these over the weekend for my toddler – he loved it! He said you put cereal on the cupcake? Wow!!

    I also made an orange buttercream, and used a pipng bag to fill them in the center. Pretty good!

    Thanks for sharing!

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