These Pop Tart Cupcakes are impossible to resist! The vanilla cupcake is covered with Strawberry Pop Tart icing and filled with strawberry jam.

I have a minor fixation with extravagant cupcakes, but I’m sure you already knew that. It all began with the addition of cookies, and then I took it a step further with my Seven Layer Bar Frosting (don’t miss that one). Then I made cupcakes packed with Rice Krispie Treat Frosting and Oatmeal Cream Pies. As a result, it’s no surprise that I created these Pop Tart Cupcakes for you today.

You had to have predicted this, right? I couldn’t stop there after sharing those Frosted Strawberry Pop Tart pastries last week.

Here’s how it works. I’m not frightened of the occasional cake mix. While I prefer baking from scratch, I can’t dispute the ease of a cake mix. Plus, I like how you can customize a cake mix to your desire. That’s what I did with these cupcakes.

This recipe begins with a vanilla cake mix to which I added sour cream (for moisture), vanilla essence, and a strawberry jam filling. Everyone constantly wants to know what my cupcake secret is. The response is always the same: sour cream! Instead of full fat sour cream, I use light sour cream. This is a matter of personal choice.

The icing is the star of the show. Don’t be put off by the quantity of butter or powdered sugar (this is NOT a diet dish). Because I used a cookie scoop to apply the frosting, you’ll need quite a bit to cover all of your cupcakes.

I went ahead and added crushed pop tarts (yep, smashed pop tarts!) and a little strawberry jam to the icing. The strawberry jam masks the overpowering sugar taste while adding a faint strawberry flavor. This frosting is all about the Pop Tarts, and you’ll be happy to know that each mouthful is packed with enough of them. As previously said, I placed the icing on top of the cupcake using a cookie scoop. It is much simpler than attempting to pipe it. Because the frosting contains little bits of Pop Tarts, it gets caught in the piping tip, so don’t spend your time with that.

One more question: should I make them with brown sugar? That’s what I’m thinking.

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Pop Tart Cupcakes

  • Author:LEE
  • Prep Time:15 minutes
  • Cook Time:33 minutes
  • Total Time:48 minutes
  • Yield:24 cupcakes


For a nostalgic treat, make these vanilla cupcakes with strawberry jam and top with Strawberry Pop Tart icing.


For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 vanilla cake mix box

    The following ingredients are mentioned on the box: eggs, oil, and water.

  • 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Light Sour Cream
  • 2/3 cup Strawberry Jam

For the Frosting:

  • 3 sticks Unsalted Butter, Softened, 1 1/2 cups
  • 67 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream, Or milk
  • 2 tablespoons Strawberry Jam
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • pinch of Salt
  • 8 Strawberry Pop Tarts, Divided, 4 sleeves


For the Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. 2 cup light sour and mix until everything is properly blended.1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 teaspoon vanilla extractIn a large mixing bowl, combine a box of vanilla cake mix with the ingredients indicated on the box. Add 1
  3. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners. Divide the cupcake batter equally among the cupcake liners.
  4. Bake the cupcakes for 15-18 minutes @ 350°F. Insert a toothpick into the middle of each cupcake to check for doneness. Your cupcakes are done when the toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Allow the cupcakes to cool for 10-15 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool fully.
  6. Once chilled, use a cupcake corer or a knife to hollow out the center of each cupcake, approximately midway down the cupcake.
  7. Fill the middle of each cupcake with 1-2 tablespoons strawberry jam, using a knife or spoon.

For the Frosting:

  1. Microwave the butter for 10 seconds, then turn it over to the opposing side. Microwave for another 5 seconds.
  2. Whip the butter in a large mixing basin for 3-4 minutes, or until it is frothy and well-whipped.
  3. Add the powdered sugar in 2 cup increments. Reduce the mixer speed so that the powdered sugar does not fly everywhere. After incorporating the ingredients, raise the mixer speed to medium-high and beat for 30 seconds.
  4. As you add the powdered sugar, the frosting will thicken and crumble. In between the cups of powdered sugar, alternately add the heavy whipping cream, strawberry jam, and vanilla essence. Last, add the pinch of salt.
  5. Once all of the ingredients have been combined, beat on high for 60 seconds to make the frosting light and fluffy.
  6. 4 pop tarts, around the size of a quarter, cut into little pieces. Toss the pop tarts into the mixer and beat for 30 to 60 seconds, or until thoroughly combined.

To Assemble and Serve:

  1. Scoop the frosting over the tops of the cupcakes using a big cookie scoop (approximately 3 teaspoons size). Tap the cupcake a couple of times on the counter to stick the icing to the top of the cupcake.
  2. Before serving, cut the remaining 4 pop tarts into triangles to go on top of the cupcakes.
  3. Cover the cupcakes in an airtight container until ready to serve.
Nutrition Information:
1 cupcake

This recipe originally appeared on Food Fanatic.

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Can you bake Pop-Tarts?

Making Your Own Pop Tarts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until gently browned, for the homemade pop tarts. If you are not using frosting, let them to cool somewhat before serving.

When did confetti cupcake Pop-Tarts come out?

Earlier this week, the company debuted a new Frosted Chocolate Cupcake and announced the return of a fan favorite: the Frosted Confetti Cupcake. According to the press release, it first appeared in 2017 and has since become the second most popular flavor in the whole Pop-Tart portfolio.

Why are there 2 Pop-Tarts in a package?

They are paired for a reason.

The equipment required to wrap Pop-Tarts in foil were not inexpensive, and Kellogg’s didn’t want to make any additional expenditures while the pastries were yet untested commodities. By tripling the number of tarts in each package, the firm was able to decrease its equipment expense in half.

Is it OK to eat pop tarts once in a while?

It is determined by the total number of calories consumed at the end of the day. Eating poptarts as a meal is perfectly OK as long as you eat the necessary meals for your body.

Is it OK to microwave pop tarts?

Yes! Pop-Tarts® may be microwaved safely. Place the Pop-Tarts® on a microwave-safe dish first. Second, heat for 3 seconds at a time until sufficiently heated.

Are Pop-Tarts unhealthy?

This high-sugar, low-protein junk meal is an awful way to start the day. Pop Tarts are heavy in sugar and include refined flour as well as harmful oils. They are low in protein and fiber.

Why do Pop-Tarts without frosting have more calories?

Quartz contacted a representative at the food company in July and received this response. “Unfrosted Pop-Tarts have a slightly thicker crust to compensate for the lack of frosting, resulting in a few more calories per serving,” stated a Kellogg’s official via email to Quartz.

Is there a healthier Pop Tart?

A frosted Strawberry tart has 16 grams of sugar, whilst an unfrosted one contains just 12 grams. Which, sadly, makes any of the unfrosted, fruity Pop-Tarts (Strawberry or Blueberry) the healthiest of tastes.

What is the oldest Pop-Tart flavor?

The original Pop-Tarts were available in four flavors: strawberry, blueberry, brown sugar cinnamon, and apple currant, which was later renamed apple-berry. Originally unfrosted when originally created in 1964, icing was subsequently discovered to be tolerable in the toaster, and the first frosted Pop-Tarts were offered in 1967.

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