A Southern Grace: fa la la #SingWithPost #CerealAnytime

December 5, 2016

fa la la #SingWithPost #CerealAnytime

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I wish I was a better singer. I can carry a tune, but my voice is weak and I have zero confidence.


That doesn't stop me from putting on a concert in the shower, though, and I love singing Christmas carols...as long as no one can actually hear me.

Even as a grown woman, I'm looking forward to the new SING movie coming to theaters soon. Adorable anthropomorphic animals with voices I recognize plus SO much music--that's my kind of movie these days. Select Post products have new packaging that incorporates the SING movie. Through information on those cereal boxes, consumers can enter the SING National Sweepstakes for a chance to win $100,000 or free movie tickets! To enter sweepstakes, you just enter codes that are printed inside the specially-marked boxes into the sweepstakes website. If you think the SING© movie would be a hit with your family, be sure to check it out!


I'm a fan of Post cereals from way back, specifically Honey Bunches of Oats. There are so many varieties, and there's sure to be one for even the pickiest eater! Go ahead and discover a winning breakfast with Post cereals--it's not only eaten for breakfast, but is a great solution for all occasions, including dessert!


That's what I've made. Dessert. Fluffy cupcakes stuffed with a sweet strawberry filling and topped with a creamy frosting made with Honey Bunches of Oats Strawberry cereal milk! That sweet, nutty milk is also present in the cupcakes, but it really shines in the swirls of frosting on top. It does take on the slightest hint of pink from the strawberries in the cereal, and I think that makes these cupcakes all the more outstanding--a natural colorant, huzzah!


I love the way the filling oozes out when you take a bite, and I appreciate the contrast of the crunchy cereal on top with the fluffy cake, soft strawberries, and smooth frosting. This is kind of an impressive batch of cupcakes, and I'm pretty proud of them...I daresay they make me want to sing!


I was able to get all of my ingredients at Walmart, and if strawberries aren't what you like in your breakfast cereal, there are oodles of other options, including almonds and the original honey roasted flakes and clusters.

Find more inspiration on the Post Pinterest page! You'll find everything from sweet to savory, and from breakfast to dinner to dessert.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Filling and Cereal Milk Frosting
(printable recipe)
Makes 15
Ingredients:
Cereal milk:
  • 1 cup Honey Bunches of Oats Strawberry, crushed, plus more for garnish
  • 1-3/4 cup milk
Turn that frown upside down!
Cupcakes:
  • 1-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup cereal milk plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice, left to sit for a bit
  • 1 (21 ounce) can strawberry pie filling (you won't use it all!)
Frosting:
  • 5 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3-4 tablespoons cereal milk
Directions:
First, make the cereal milk. Add the crushed cereal to a bowl and pour the milk over it; let steep at room temperature for 20 minutes.
Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, collecting the milk in another bowl. Using a spatula or your hand, wring the milk out of the cereal but do not force the mushy cereal through the sieve. You should have a little over a cup, though you need less than 3/4 cup for this recipe. (Feel free to drink the rest!)

To make the cupcakes, first preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line two muffin pans with 15 cupcake liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat 2 eggs with the whisk attachment on medium speed for 15-20 seconds.
Add the sugar and continue to beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds more.
Add the vanilla and oil and beat on medium speed for one minute, until well combined.
Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add about a third of the flour mixture, mixing until incorporated.
Add half of the curdled cereal milk and mix until incorporated.
Repeat with another third of the flour and the remaining cereal milk, then finish with the rest of the flour mixture.
Beat until just combined and smooth, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl as needed. The batter will be thin.
Pour or scoop batter into the prepared pans. Fill liners to about 1/2 full (do not over-fill).
Bake 12-14 minutes, turning the pan halfway through, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let them cool in the pan for a couple of minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting, beat the powdered sugar and butter together in a mixer with a paddle attachment on medium-low speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed.
Turn the mixer down to a slower speed, and add 2 tablespoons cereal milk into the butter mixture a little bit at a time. Once all the milk has been incorporated, turn the mixer up to high speed.
Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes. The longer the frosting is beaten, the fluffier and lighter and more luscious it becomes.

To assemble the cupcakes, carve out a cone-shaped hole in the delicate white cupcakes and spoon about a tablespoon of strawberry pie filling inside.
Apply the frosting generously to the cupcakes, then sprinkle the tops with crushed cereal.
Give the components a few minutes to get friendly, and devour.

12 comments:

Kate @ framed Cooks said...

First of all, SAME in terms of shower-singing. Second, cereal milk!! I love it! These are getting PINNED.

Angie Schneider said...

You haven't baked cupcakes in a while, Grace. These look so beautiful!

Pam said...

I am completely tone deaf but still sing my heart out. These cupcakes look amazing! Love the strawberry pie filling in there.

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Brilliant idea Grace, these little beauties look delicious!!

Adina said...

Such pretty cupcakes and I love the texture of that crumbs, seems to be so moist.

Katerina said...

They look absolutely delicious and so perfect now that Christmas is on the way!

Gingi Freeman said...

This reminds me of VoodDoo Donuts in Portland Oregon! They put cereal on donuts and it is soooooooo good! Great post, thanks for sharing! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

Velva said...

I can't sing to save my life but, I love doing it! You used cereal in a clever way. Like it!!!

Velva

Inger @ Art of Natural Living said...

I'm even afraid to sing in the shower! Cute cupcake topping!

Barbara said...

Used to be in a glee club...that's as far as I go. :)
Love the cupcake liners....
Only cereal I eat is cheerios, when I go on one of my odd diet plans. (Actually Works.) But, I think the crunch on top of your cupcakes looks great and the cupcakes so nice and tender. Good combo.

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Cupcakes with cereal milk? And that frosting? You have out done yourself. I live 20 miles from the nearest town, and I want to go for a drive so I can get cereal now!

Marcelle @ A Little Fish in the Kitchen said...

Grace, I've used corn flakes on oven-fried chicken and made Rice Crispy Treats, but these cupcakes super creative and they sound terrific!! :)