You guys, these cupcakes are the jam! Ready.Set.Cupcake! is an all-natural, gourmet, no-mix cake batter that you can buy at Whole Foods. Unfortunately, they are only available at Whole Foods in Florida right now, but hopefully they will be coming to a Whole Foods near you soon.
When they say ‘no mess’ they mean it. I didn’t wash one single dish after making these cupcakes and it wasn’t because I was lazy and leaving the dishes for Dave. There were seriously ZERO dishes to wash. The cupcake batter and the frosting both come in pastry bags so you don’t have to mix anything. You literally just cut, squeeze and bake (& they even tell you exactly where to cut the bag, if you aren’t familiar with how pastry bags work).
Marley, my sous-chef, was amazed at the innovation. The frosting bag also comes with a pastry tip so you can make your cupcakes look all fancy, like they came from a bakery. Genius.
I really could have stopped after the cupcakes came out of the oven and called it a day because they were so delicious on their own. This is going to come as a shock to some of you, but I have a confession to make. You probably want to sit down for this. I haven’t been feeling the desserts lately. In fact, those cupcakes I blogged about earlier in the week….yeah….some of those actually ended up in the trash. I’m ashamed to say this….but they were just too sweet. I know. I know. I’m not sure what the world is coming to. I don’t even know who I am anymore. But these cupcakes were perfect. They weren’t over-the-top sweet.
I was actually planning on trying 1 and then giving the rest away since my sweet tooth is on a hiatus, but that changed the second these came out of the oven. I ate 2 frosting-less cupcakes and I don’t even regret burning 3 of my fingers and my tongue. They tasted light and airy, almost like a muffin, which got me thinking….you can add whatever you want to the batter at the top of the pastry bag and make very flavorful muffins. You could add chocolate chips, lemon zest, blueberries, etc. Then you could make a glaze, which would require some dishes, but you could make the muffins taste like a donut of sorts. Seriously – I’m so fixated on this muffin idea I considered driving all the way out to Whole Foods, which is 30 minutes from my house, to buy another mix. But then I realized that was crazy. I could send Dave to do that later when he runs out in search of my girl scout cookies. Just kidding. Kind of.
After the cupcakes cooled, I busted out the frosting.
The buttercream frosting was good, but honestly I preferred the cupcakes plain. I think if my sweet tooth was in full swing, I would have sucked the frosting straight from the pastry bag though. It was definitely sweet and if I make these again I would add some vanilla bean flavoring to the frosting bag to give it a little more vanilla flavor. OR…perhaps a root beer extract and it would be like a root beer float cupcake?? My sweet tooth is trapped deep inside me, but clearly it is screaming to be released.
I really think this product would be great for occasions when you need a tasty dessert whipped up in a flash. You could easily adapt the recipe to make it your own by adding fun toppings (crushed Oreos, Reese’s, Heath bar, sprinkles, graham cracker crumbs, fresh fruit, etc). If you live in Florida and you’re able to get your hands on a Ready.Set.Cupcake! mix, I highly recommend it!
Thanks again to the people at Ready.Set.Cupcake! for sending me these great products to try! I can’t wait to have some fun with the chocolate batter!