I am a firm believer that cereal is an appropriate meal at any time of the day. I love cereal. It is one of the few foods that I crave when I am on the verge of starvation. I eat it all the time. I will eat it for breakfast, eat it for lunch, eat it while sitting on the kitchen counter at 3 in the morning after a night of too much drinking. I feel like I appreciate cereal more now as an adult than I ever did as a kid. The best kinds of cereal are the ones that are brightly colored and laced with sugar. The ones that come with a toy and no nutritional value whatsoever. Let’s not even talk about the chaos that ensues when you have a twin sibling, but the cereal only comes with one toy. I’m honestly surprised we survived childhood with all of our limbs still intact. If you have a sibling then you know what I’m talking about. Those cereal toys end relationships.
Now, you can’t talk about cereal without also talking about it’s counterpart- milk. There are two kinds of people in this world, people who drink the leftover cereal milk, and people that are horrible and wasteful and just dump the milk out. Hi, I am a horrible, wasteful person. I have never been a fan of drinking the leftover milk. I’m not a huge fan of milk in general, so the thought of drinking that discolored slightly warm milk leftover in the bowl always turned my stomach a bit. However, I do appreciate and understand that some peoples love for that discolored and slightly warm milk is very strong and deep. So, I decided to incorporate both the cereal and the leftover milk into my recipe.
I knew that I wanted to try and create something with cereal as the main focus, and for some reason, other than the obvious fact that they are delicious, Fruity Pebbles were calling to me. They are colorful, and sweet, and amazing and I set out on a quest to incorporate the little pebbles of joy into a cupcake. And it worked. Lord have mercy, it worked. So, grab a seat and your favorite cereal bowl (we all have one) and let’s get into this.
For these cupcakes I decided to use a cake recipe that uses a box white cake mix that is doctored a bit. It is simple and easy and the cupcakes taste really good. After I prepared the cake batter (the recipe can be found below), I added a bit of cereal because I really wanted the flavor of the Fruity Pebbles to be present in the cupcakes. I put 1 1/3 C of cereal into a plastic baggy and smashed the crap out of it. It really is a great stress reliever. Smash it until it is in very small pieces, and then fold the cereal particles into the batter. Fill your cupcake liners with the batter and then bake away! I will warn you that adding the cereal to the batter tends to dry out the cupcakes a bit, so be very careful not to over-bake them or they will stick to the liners when you try to unwrap them.
While the cupcakes are baking you can prepare the cereal milk that will be used for the frosting. It is so easy, and exactly what you think it is. Put some cereal into a bowl with some milk and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Make sure that the cereal is all submerged. You can add more or less cereal to the milk depending on how rich you want the flavor to be. I used ½ C of milk and ½ C of fruity pebbles. After the milk has the flavor that you want, strain the cereal out of it and throw it out. Or eat it if you’re into soggy cereal. I won’t stop you from living your life. Now you are all set to prepare your frosting and start decorating! I used some of the cereal to garnish the cupcakes after I frosted them, and I found that it really helped to add that extra flavor that they needed. These cupcakes were a huge hit! Even the people that had no idea what the hell I was talking about when I uttered the words “Fruity Pebbles” (which is unbelievable in itself) thought that they were delicious. I hope you enjoy! And I hope it inspires you to eat more cereal. Cereal is good for the soul.