Yellow Cupcake Batter – 3 Ways

Note: This post first appeared on Squidoo.  However, I’ve since deleted my Squidoo account for a variety of reasons and I thought since school is starting up again and that usually means bake sale and school events, this article may be useful, if not delicious!

A photograph of a ring of cupcakes on a plate

Baking is in my blood! My grandfather was a baker, my dad was a baker and my mom is a cake decorator. One of the things I love to do most is bake yummy goodies from scratch, especially on rainy days. Unfortunately, this isn’t possible every time we need baked goods for an event like a bake sale or a meeting.


What do you do? You use a mix of course! And why not? They’re simple to use and taste great too. However, sometimes you want something more than a vanilla cupcake. Here’s three ways to get a little something more out of your vanilla cupcake mix without a lot of effort.


Chocolate Chip Cupcakes


A photograph of a chocolate chip cupcake with chocolate frosting


1 package vanilla cake mix 2 cups chocolate chips
  1. Prepare mix as directed

  2. Add 2 cups of chocolate chips

  3. Mix together

  4. Put mix in pans

  5. Bake as directed

Frosting Pairing: I put chocolate frosting on mine, but any frosting that you could imagine would probably be great on these.


Peanut Butter Cupcakes

A photograph of peanut butter cupcakes with chocolate frosting


1 package vanilla cake mix 1 cup peanut butter
  1. Prepare mix as directed

  2. Measure out 1 cup of peanut butter

  3. Warm peanut butter in microwave for 30 seconds

  4. Add peanut butter to mix

  5. Mix together

  6. Place mix in pans

  7. Bake as directed

Frosting Pairing: I used chocolate frosting for these


  • Spraying the measuring cups and mixing implements with cooking spray will help the peanut butter stick less

  • After adding the peanut butter to the mix, I started off using the beater to mix it in but soon found that a spoon worked better

A photograph of pumpkin cupcakes with vanilla frosting

Pumpkin Cupcakes


1 package vanilla cake mix 1 15oz can of pumpkin
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  1. Prepare mix as normal

  2. Add 1 15oz can of pumpkin

  3. Mix together

  4. Add 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice

  5. Mix into batter

  6. Scoop into pans

  7. Bake as directed

Frosting Pairing:

I put vanilla frosting on some of these and on the rest I put caramel frosting that I made from a can of vanilla frosting.

Caramel Frosting


½ can (8 oz) of vanilla frosting 15 caramel squares
1 tbsp water
  1. Place unwrapped caramel squares in a microwave safe bowl

  2. Add water

  3. Microwave for 1 minute

  4. Stir until caramels are melted

  5. Let cool

  6. Add ½ can (8 oz) of vanilla frosting

  7. Mix together

Note: I only let the caramel cool for a minute before I added it to the frosting which led to more of a glaze like (rather than frosting like consistency). I had some left over so I put it in the fridge and the next time I took it out, it had more of a frosting like consistency. So in other words, if you would like a caramel glaze let cool for 1 minute. For a caramel frosting, let caramel cool longer.


As you can see, spicing up a simple cake batter and coming up with your own creations is very simple to do!


If you try any of these recipes, I’d love to hear how they turned out!