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It’s time for a Big Gulp #PDR … cupcake

2011 April 5
by Emily Hill

Big Gulp PDR CupcakesI am not a cupcake (or cake) expert like my friend Ryley but I do enjoy making fun cupcakes once in a while. I’ve done shark cupcakes, tombstone cupcakes and cookie dough-filled cupcakes for my friend Evonne‘s baby shower. I recently even made cake pop-topped cupcakes where the cake pops were in the form of a onesie, but you’ll have to wait a few more days for that post. (In the meantime I don’t recommend attempting onesie cake pop-topped cupcakes. It is not for the faint of heart, trust me.)

When one of my favorite Twitter friends, @Paco_Belle, had a birthday, another fave Twitter friend, @Bittermormon the Great, suggested we bring a cake to the little Smashburger event we were all attending together. I was game and found the perfect cupcake inspired by this post. I handed off the job of the custom #PDR labels to @Bittermormon and searched for a fun, new cupcake recipe to try…and found the Cream Filled Cupcakes on Allrecipes.com. I altered the recipe a titch, topped them with Caroline’s Chocolate Fudge Frosting (also on Allrecipes.com) and added a couple embellishments to make those Big Gulp cupcakes look like they were fresh from the soda fountain. Oh, and they taste a lot like Hostess CupCakes…only better because these were made by hand AND with love!

Oh, and the #PDR thing? It’s my favorite hashtag on Twitter. It stands for Proper Drink Run—something everyone should do at least once a day. My favorite is a Sonic Route 44 diet vanilla Coke with extra pebble ice…just in case you’re in the neighborhood.

And now for the cupcakes!


Big Gulp #PDR Cupcakes
Cupcakes
1 box Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate Fudge cake mix*
Ingredients listed on box to make 24 cupcakes
* Or use your favorite homemade chocolate cupcake recipe. I had a crazy busy week and had to whip these together really quickly.

Filling
1/2 cup butter
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 pinch salt
3 T milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting
1/2 cup butter
3 (1-oz) squares unsweetened chocolate
1 lb confectioners’ sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk


Extras

  • White sugar crystal sprinkles
  • Chocolate-covered peppermint candy sticks
  • Frosted plastic cups, trimmed so they don’t come higher than the cupcake liner
  • Custom labels (create your own or look for the link at the end of this post)

Prepare cupcakes according to package directions (or your own recipe) and let cool completely. In a large bowl, beat butter until smooth. Blend in confectioners’ sugar and salt. Gradually beat in the milk and vanilla until light and fluffy. Fill a pastry bag with a small tip OR use my trick of a Ziploc storage bag with its corner snipped off.

Using a sharp paring knife (my fave is the one from Pampered Chef), cut a small cone out of the top of each cupcake. (Baking Bites has a great how-to post on filling cupcakes this way.) Fill the cupcakes…

cream filled cupcakes

cream filled cupcakes


…and top with the reserved cupcake cones. (Trim the cone down a bit so it will fit perfectly on top of the filling.) They taste even better if you have two cute helpers in the kitchen.

cream filled cupcakes

cream filled cupcakes


For the frosting, melt chocolate and butter in the microwave or in the top of a double boiler. In a large bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and 1/2 cup milk. Blend in the melted chocolate mixture. Add remaining milk, a little at a time, until desired consistency is achieved. Let stand until spreadable (frosting will thicken as it cools).

Once your chocolate fudge frosting is at the desired consistency, frost the filled cupcakes and top with the white sugar crystal sprinkles (i.e. pebble ice). Trim the chocolate-covered peppermint sticks and slip into the cupcakes.

cream filled cupcakes

Place the labels onto the cups and gently place each cupcake into the plastic cups. Voilà! Big Gulp cupcakes!

Big Gulp PDR Cupcakes
Note: We didn’t trim the cups down far enough, but even if you didn’t trim them, you could always fill the bottom with that brown shredded crinkly packing material.

You’re more than welcome to create your own Big Gulp (or Big Quench or Slurpee) label, but if you’re a #PDR fan, you can download the @ProperDrinkRun signature label by clicking HERE. (Thank you, @Bittermormon. You really are great.)

Have fun!

25 Responses Post a comment
  1. April 5, 2011

    why don’t i live closer to you

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    Emily Reply:

    I don’t know. I keep trying to convince you to move here. Maybe I need to turn the entire ward against you, TP your house and bring Oopsie Daisy boutique to this side of the valley…

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  2. April 5, 2011

    They look GREAT!!!

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    Emily Reply:

    Thanks, Susie! They tasted good too–just like a Hostess Cupcake!

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  3. April 5, 2011

    This is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen! Awesome post, awesome cupcakes and awesome friends. I love you guys!

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    Emily Reply:

    Anything for you, babe.

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  4. April 5, 2011

    You are awesome! BTW, my birthday is in May. Hint, hint.

    Also, did you see my Snuggie pic of the week?
    Kristina P.´s latest ~ Falling For DiscountsMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    May it is, though I’m not sure my skills extend to The Hoff cupcakes, but maybe I could do a Knight Rider-themed KITT car? And LOVE the pic! Yay!

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  5. April 5, 2011

    Those just might be the coolest cupcakes ever…

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    Emily Reply:

    Thanks, Nicole!

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  6. Barbie permalink
    April 5, 2011

    Yum!

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    Emily Reply:

    Definitely delicious!

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  7. April 5, 2011

    If those aren’t the cutest things! Love them.
    debbie´s latest ~ The Only Way I Differ From A 50s Sitcom MomMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    Thanks! I’m thinking it’s another way you could totally impress and win over your teenagers and their friends. ;)

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  8. April 6, 2011

    These are awesome, and if I make them, I’ll eat them and hate myself. Next time you do these, save me one.
    annie valentine´s latest ~ We bought the farmMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    I totally will. If I don’t eat them all first.

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  9. April 11, 2011

    wow. I don’t know how I missed these, but they are INCREDIBLE!! YOU are incredible! Wow!!

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    Emily Reply:

    I’m not, but thank you for thinking so! :)

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    Quinn Reply:

    YOU ARE and: of course I think so. ;)

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  10. April 12, 2011

    I need to figure out who I can get to make these for me rightnow! Oh YUM!

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    Emily Reply:

    Well, I would except I don’t think they’d arrive in one piece!

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  11. Alana permalink
    December 30, 2012

    I’ve found the quickest way to carve out a hole for filling is to use an apple corer. Just gently twist it back and forth until it’s almost all the way through and then give it one or two full 360 degree twists; the center should pop right out. I’ve never used the part I removed to make a “cap” for my cupcakes (they’re just WAY too yummy to eat…and quality control, right?), but the frosting covers the hole anyway. I did this with a lemon cupcake with a lemon curd filling. Delish.

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    I’m definitely going to have to try this. Thank you!

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