Dinner or Dessert?

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Is it dinner? Is it dessert? I say make it both!

I was inspired to make these cupcakes from one of my all time favorite baking books, Hello Cupcake. I have passed by these cupcakes time and time again while working on other projects. And finally the perfect occasion presented itself!

It was our friend Adam's birthday. You see, Adam is Italian and loves to cook. And hollicakes had a lightbulb moment...make spaghetti and meatballs cupcakes!

In addition, I wanted to share with you guys my take on "box mix secrets". AKA how to make box cake mixes taste like homemade! (or close to it!)

I started with these pretty basic ingredients.

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So my white cake mix said to add 1 1/4 cup of water, 3 eggs & 1/3 cup oil.

Instead I added 1 1/4 cup of vanilla almond milk, 4 eggs and 1/3 cup oil. I would never use water in a cake mix. Instead switch it out with milk, almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk. Something that will give it that extra rich yummy-ness.

The extra egg also gives it another level of rich. And you can switch out the oil for butter, but in this case I did not.

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Behold, perfect white cupcakes!

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I made a standard buttercream frosting, adding 3 drops of yellow food coloring and 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder to give it the same color as noodles!

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OMG. Look how cool that looks! It really couldn't be easier, you just pipe the frosting randomly. Swirls, loops, whatever!

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Get crazy with it! Swoop the frosting over the edges of the cupcakes too!

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Next, take your fererro rocher candies and toss them in low sugar strawberry preserves. (Why low sugar? It has the best marinana-red color.)

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Dollop the "meatballs" over your frosting "noodles"!

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Grate some white chocolate "parmesan cheese" over the top...

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And there you have it. A unique dessert for the pasta lover in your life!

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All I can say is driving to lunch with spaghetti cupcakes sitting in your lap is scary!!

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Happy Birthday Adam!

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