Cadbury Creme Egg stuffed Cupcakes

 

I love Cadbury Creme Eggs…. I just had to get that off my chest. Every year since I can remember my Gramma would give me one for Easter, and it has always been my favorite Easter treat!

This year I decided to have a little fun with them, and bake my favorite Easter treat into a cupcake! I don’t even remember where I came up with the idea, but one mention to my roommate and she was sold. We set a date, it even made it in to our planners that is how big of a deal these cupcakes are. SO get your appointment books ready is what I’m really trying to say, because you’ll want to pencil these in to your spring baking line-up!

 

The goods!

The mix I bought made 24 cupcakes, so we decided to do 12 with Cadbury creme eggs, and 12 with Cadbury caramel eggs. Best. Decision. Ever.

 

 

 

 

I got my game face on (if that’s what you want to call it), while she tried to act a calm, cool, and collected.

 

We mixed, mixed, mixed and then had to decide just how we were going to tell the caramel from the creme once we baked them….. don’t worry we had a solution. Halloween papers for the caramel, because caramel is fallish. And flowers for the creme, because creme is springy!

 

We decided to make some pretty big fluffy cupcakes, because they hold more icing and that is the most important part!

 

 

We let them cool and then used an icing tip to remove a bit of the center, in order to shove the Cadbury egg into the middle. Then placed the cake right back on top…

 

 

It's like nothing happened ๐Ÿ™‚

Then top with your favorite chocolate icing…. I used the Five-Minute LowFat Chocolate Frosting from The America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook in order to continue with my challenge! Which I made the night before, so we could dig in as soon as they were cooled!

 

 

 

Inside the caramel

 

 

Cadbruy Creme Egg Stuffed Cupcakes

1 Box Devil’s Food Cake Mix

2-12packs of mini cadbury eggs

 

Directions:

Prepare cupcakes according to package

When slightly cooled, remove a small bit of the top middle (I used an icing tip) and push an egg down to the center, and re-assemble. It’s ok if they look messy, there will be icing on top anyway! Keep refrigerated.

 

Five Minute LowFat Chocolate Frosting

Adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook

3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1/2 cup dutch-process cocoa

7 TBS low fat milk (I used skim)

1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, melted (chocolate chips work great!)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Mix the sugar and cocoa powder together with a whisk. Add the milk, butter, chocolate, and vanilla beat with a mixer until smooth. Keep refrigerated and top cupcakes as you eat them.

 

I recommend heating them in the microwave for 10 seconds before topping with icing and consuming, it makes for a melty egg in the center ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

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Snippets of the fitnessnfoodie life

So this semester is really starting off right. I’m not sure if it is because it is my last fully loaded semester, or the 95 other things that have slightly changed in my life in the past few weeks. I have had a much more balanced outlook. I have been spending time with friends, enjoying my food and this blog sooo much more, exercising only when I feel right, having awesome conversations, digging deep into the word and spending time in prayer, and just plan feeling good about who I am.

My running schedule has taken a tiny hit, because of the freezing cold weather, snow, and just not enough time. But I have been able to feel good about this. Basically my semester schedule allows for me to have one day on, one day off which my body seems to like ALOT. After years of pounding out miles after miles, day after day, and while doing that not fueling it properly it has taken quite the beating. Have you let your body rest lately? It might need it! I have also been focusing on working out in more ways than just running…. since the summer I have started strength training a bit more, introducing theย  DVD’s below <— amazing way to tone, gain strength, and work out in the warmth!

These women rock! They are all really great and I absolutely notice a difference! No boring workout DVD's here!

Here are my workouts for the week:

Sunday: Rest

Monday: 6 miles

Tuesday: 2o min treadmill, 20 min bike, 15 min abs

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 5.5 miles

Friday: 15 min Legs

Saturday: 15 min abs, 15 min arms, 40 min run

Not only do I have one day on, one day off with my running schedule I have one day on, one day off of classes and work as well! My mind can be free at least one day a week! Now I’m sure once classes really get rolling I will be a bit more bogged down with studying, but I’m sure that won’t leave out time for all the good eats I have been making lately! Here is the run down of some DELICIOUS meals I’ve had lately!

Leftover whole wheat blueberry pancakes with microwaved apples, a spoonful of peanut butter, and some maple syrup. AMAZING, seriously I didn't want it to end!

The boy makes these pancakes for me from time to time. They are literally the best pancakes around, I am so spoiled! We had them for dinner on Tuesday, so Friday for lunch I decided to finish them off.ย  After coming back from a morning of classes, and a freezing cold walk home I wanted something warm and comforting for lunch. I decided the pancakes were a must, but I needed a little bit more than pancakes, then the juices starting flowing and before I knew it I was digging into something amazing! Blueberry pancakes with peanut butter tastes like PB &J but like x10 better, as if that was even possible! The warm apple was a great addition as well, we all know I got my fruit servings for lunch on Friday!

Jessica's chocolate chip cupcakes paired with her vanilla bean buttercream icing... again AMAZING combo! You really can't go wrong with any of her recipes!

Lets just say Wednesday night I was in a bit of a baking/cooking frenzy! I baked cookies at the boy’s house, then came home and made that awesome pesto encrusted salmon. However I just wasn’t content for the night I wanted to make something more, and since we didn’t have any dessert at the apartment I turned to Jessica’s blog and got my head thinking. I took one of her cupcake recipes and another icing recipe and paired them together. This combination is truly amazing! And guess what I began the process at 8:30 and was back sitting on the couch at 9:30 with everything done! So moral of the story, super easy and super delicious!

Wegman's butternut squash, spinach, onions, and craisin salad with a few of my additions (chicken, pasta, and thyme) SUCH a good dinner!

The boy and I were grocery shopping and decided to grab something from wegman’s for dinner. Their prepared food is soooo good, but pretty pricey so I rarely give in. However, it was getting late and I was starving and didn’t know what I would be able to cook by the time I got home before consuming mass quantities of food before hand in turn, not being hungry for the dinner I just made. So we settled on getting a few things. I selected the squash, spinach, onion, and craisin salad because I have been craving squash like crazy lately! On the drive home I decided that I really wanted pasta and perhaps a tiny bit of meat. So when we arrived at his house he got to cooking the chicken and I the pasta. I added a little of both some thyme, salt, pepper, and basil and I had myself a super gourmet meal for $3.50! Am I the only one who does this? Gets take out and then changes it up.

I surely hope you all are having a good weekend. The boy and I are celebrating 2 years together! I really couldn’t be happier!

Have you ever bought a pre-made meal and “spiced it up” at home?