A is for Apple, J is for Jacks...
For as long as I can remember, Apple Jacks have been my very favorite cereal. It was mom who suggested the CEREAL challenge and not for one moment did I even consider a different cereal. But I didn't just sprinkle some cereal on top of a cute cupcake. I went WAYYYYY over the top.
I used my favorite Butter Cake Recipe (x2) from allrecipes.com. I added a cup of pulverized applejacks "flour", about 2 cups of cereal run through the food processor. Then for the milk called for in the recipe, I soaks AJ's in the milk for an hour to get all the sugary pink goodness. Apple Jacks infused milk if you will. I then drained the milk out to use in the recipe. I also used about a cup and a half of smooshed apple pie filling and a tbs. of cinnamon. Finally, I folded what was left of the box of cereal into the batter just before I put the cupcakes in the liners.
After the cupcakes were cool, I injected each one with a filling of heavy whipping cream, vanilla and an envelope of Dream Whip. This was to represent the 'milk' that goes with the cereal.
To frost this baby, I used my favorite fake and naughty buttercream and added pink food color, cinnamon, and red sugar crystals; so it would be the look and color of the milk after eating a bowl of the cereal. (If you decide to try this frosting, substitute the regular milk with evaporated milk and the shortening for butter flavored shortening.)
Last, but certainly not least, I topped each cupcake with Apple Jacks Treats. The identical recipe for Rice Crispy Treats with AJs substituted for the RCs. I cut them out with a round biscuit cutter and stuck one into the top of each cupcake.
If you are following along at home...for my 24 cupcakes, there were TWO COMPLETE BOXES OF APPLEJACKS used to create these pink little buggers.
That is the fun of the Iron Cupcake Milwaukee challenges, as well as the Iron Cupcake Earth challenges, for that matter. It gives you the opportunity to challenge your norm and have a good time. This cupcake was delicious and it tasted exactly like a bowl of the cereal; but even if it had not...it was worth the journey!