King Cake Cupcakes

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1 box yellow cake mix

3 eggs, beaten

1 cup water

⅓ cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg


½  stick melted butter

⅓ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla


8 ounces room temperature reduced fat cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

sprinkles for garnish



1.    preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.   with mixer, combine box mix, nutmeg and cinnamon

3.   In separate bowl whisk eggs, water and oil

4.   while mixer is on slow speed, slowly pour in wet ingredients

5.    once incorporated, bring speed to medium-high and mix until completely smooth

6.   in muffin foil placed in muffin pan, fill each individual foil ¾ to the brim

7.   spoon on 2 tablespoons of filling center of mix directly on top raw cake mix

8.   bake in oven for 18-21 minutes, or until center is cooked



1.    bring butter, sugar and vanilla to high heat and whisk until sugar is almost dissolved (about 3 minutes)

2.   remove mixture from heat



1.    in mixer, bring cream cheese to whipped consistency

2.   on a slower speed, slowly incorporate sugar and vanilla until smooth



1.    top muffins with icing, smoothing with spatula

2.    apply sprinkles on top cupcakes, rotating cupcakes on an angle to apply sprinkles on side

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Chef Jeff Henderson | @Chefjefflive

Chef Jeff Henderson rose from humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles to become the first African-American executive chef at the Bellagio Hotel. He has gone on to become a successful TV host with a cable show on the Food Network, a nationally syndicated series called, Family Style with Chef Jeff and the host of Flip My Food. When he isn’t cooking on TV he’s a highly sought-after motivational speaker, sharing the secrets of realizing your potential at... (full profile)


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