Strawberries & Chocolate Cupcakes

I’d been doing some volunteer work and on my last day, I decided to make cupcakes for everyone. It was like, a mini-lunch-party thing.

And since I had both strawberry cake mix and chocolate cake mix, I figured it would be a nice combination instead of just plain-chocolate and plain-strawberry.

Since it’s from a cake mix, these are extremely easy to make!

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Also, ziploc bags are a genius invention. I’m sure lots of you already know this cool trick but I really, really, really like it because well . . . it slashes the AJ kitchen mess in half. (Yay me!) It also keeps my cupcake pans looking cleaner when they get out of the oven. (no spilling cake mix on the sides! Yay again!)

All I do is fill my cake mix into a ziploc bag. One for strawberry, one for chocolate. Snip off a small piece at one of the ends of the bag. And fill up the cupcake cups! Sooo easy.

Normally, when I’m just making one flavor of cupcakes, I don’t bother to do this but when it’s two or three flavors together, it makes everything simpler.

For the icing, I used a basic vanilla buttercream:

  • 6 tbsp softened butter
  • 1 tbsp milk (sometimes I use heavy cream too)
  • a few drops of vanilla extract
  • Icing sugar (I just add and mix until it reaches the consistency I want)

I didn’t add color to it this time (I liked the way it looked without color, and it looked pretty on the cupcakes). To do the icing, I used the extremely popular Wilton 1M. It’s a very cute swirl!

For the toppings, I just used some red and green sugar sprinkles, and chocolate sprinkles.

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And . . . all done!




Ice cream Cake Smoothie

I first have to say: if you’re looking for something more along the lines of very healthy, then back away slowly. Not that I don’t like healthy! I do, very much. I just wanted a little break on this particular day.

If however, you’re up for splurging on a some sweet yummyness, then do keep reading!


I bake a lot of things, and not always from scratch, so I usually have a lot of cake mix lounging around my kitchen.
Yesterday, I had a craving for something sweet and drinkable. So I made this . . .

I used vanilla because, well . . . It was the only flavor of ice cream in my freezer. Honestly, I’m not even a big fan of vanilla. But when you don’t want to go to the store, you really leave yourself with no other option but to use it anyways.

The Recipe:

5 tbsp Ice Cream (whichever flavor you like)
1 cup Strawberry Cake Mix (also, whatever kind you like)
1 cup Water
Ice (add a little at a time, and keep tasting)
Sprinkles & Chocolate Powder (optional)

All you have to do is add the ice cream, cake mix, and water to the blender. Gradually add ice. Keep tasting! Stop whenever you reach the taste you like.
After you pour it into a glass, add sprinkles or chocolate powder on top if you like! (and a straw too!)

This makes enough for about 2 or 3 people.


Now, as important as it is to follow exact quantities for some recipes, in others it’s not.
For this, I say mix around until you achieve the taste you want.

My brother was little horrified at first when he heard that there was cake mix inside. But then he tasted, and got over it.


Happy drinking!