My daughter and I went to the post office last night to mail out some cookies. (Yay for fun cookie swaps btw) Do you know what we noticed? Not very many people decorate their houses for Christmas anymore. On our street there are only 6 houses with out door lights twinkling on their porches.
That may sound like quite a few, until you know that there are at least 50 homes on the 2 blocks of our street. And we didn’t see very many throughout town as were were driving. Why are so many people Scrooge McMuffins when it comes to decorating with outdoor lights? When I was little I can remember house after house decked out for the holidays. (and I’m not that old)
Speaking of decorating, do you like cute baking supplies as much as I do? Something about adorable cupcake liners just makes the cupcakes look that much better. So of course I jumped at the chance to bake with some new cupcake liners. I loved that the pattern and color was still visible after baking cupcakes in them. Gotta love these grease proof liners!!!
Let’s talk about this cupcake recipe for a minute. A few months ago we were at a carry in dinner at church and I had one of these cupcakes. They were made by one of the sweetest ladies in our church. (Hi, Maureen!)
After eating one, I just had to have the recipe. Of course she graciously wrote it down for me and gave me permission to blog it. What I love most about these cupcakes is how easy and fast they are to put together. With all the business of the holiday month, I love having easy cake mix recipes that I can just jazz up with a few extra ingredients.
My favorite part of these cupcakes is the hidden pineapple preserve center. Now you can totally get all Martha on me and make homemade preserves, but remember I said I like fast, simple, and easy recipes during busy months.
So, I just bought a jar of the Smuckers pineapple preserves and that worked out for me. Same goes for the candied pineapple on top…feel free to make your own But they sell it in the store, so I chose to support the pineapple company and just bought it already candied. That leaves me more time to shop for gifts or put more lights on the outside of my house!
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For the Cupcakes
- 1 vanilla cake mix
- 1 - 3.4 ounce box instant vanilla pudding
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1/2 cup pineapple preserves
For the Frosting
- 2 - 8 ounce packages packages cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place 24 cupcake liners in 2 muffin tins.
- Combine the cake mix, pudding, eggs, water, and oil in a mixing bowl. Beat on low for 1 minute and then on medium for 2 minutes.
- Spoon the batter evenly into the cupcake liners and bake for 22 minutes. Let cool.
- Scoop out a small spoonful from the center of the cupcakes and fill with pineapple preserves.
- Beat the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar until all is mixed in. Let chill for 30 minutes.
- Place in decorator bag and pipe onto cupcakes covering the preserves. Top with candied pineapple, if desired.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 248Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 204mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 0gSugar: 33gProtein: 2g