Momofuku Milk Bar-inspired Birthday Cupcakes

It’s not even my birthday, but you’ll wanna to lick the icing off!

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I haven’t been to Milk Bar but I have tried their amazing birthday cake. Yes, I had it shipped all the way from NYC. To die for. I’ve been too intimidated to try baking it but the craving grew stronger and I finally caved in. I found the recipe off the blog Kitchen Heals Soul but added my own flair to it. When I think Milk Bar, I think birthday cake and also cereal milk so I decided to join the two and make some Momofuku Milk Bar-inspired Birthday Cupcakes. Since I decided to go with cupcakes, I didn’t do a cake soak. (I’ll save that feat for another day.) I just topped the cupcakes with with cereal milk buttercream.

Play around with it. You might find a different take on the recipe that works for you. Enjoy!

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Birthday Cake Crumbs 

For the birthday cake crumbs, I followed Kitchen Heals Soul’s recipe:

  • 100 grams granulated sugar
  • 25 grams light brown sugar
  • 90 grams cake and pastry flour
  • 2 grams baking powder
  • 2 grams salt
  • 20 grams rainbow sprinkles
  • 40 grams grapeseed oil
  • 12 grams vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or a piece of parchment.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugars, flour, baking powder, salt, and sprinkles and mix them on low speed until they are evenly mixed.
  3. Add the oil and the vanilla and continue beating the mixture until the ingredients clump and form small clusters.
  4. Carefully spread the delicate clusters in a thin layer on the prepared baking sheet and bake them for about 20 minutes. They dry and harden as the cool into crispy crumbs. Let them cool completely before using them. By the time you’ve made the cake and frosting, they will be ready to be used anyways.

Cereal Milk Vanilla Cupcakes

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cereal milk
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • rainbow sprinkles

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake pan with liners.
2. In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar and eggs together until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Add flour, milk, oil, baking powder, vanilla, and sprinkles. Beat for another minute until batter is smooth and creamy. Pour batter into cupcake liners.
3. Bake for 18 minutes, rotating halfway. Cool on wire rack.

Cereal Milk Buttercream

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of cereal milk*
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar

1. In a mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter.
2. Add cereal milk and vanilla.
3. Add 6 cups sugar and mix till light and fluffy.


Peanut’s Barkery

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My Yorkie Peanut turns 8 today. Human years that is. He was our 1st baby…protector of his little big sisters…and he epitomizes (wo)man’s best friend. So ever since the baking bug bit me, I vowed to make him (and some of his furry friends) birthday treats every year. Lucky dog.

Last year, I made him a peanut butter cake and also make doggy cake pops! Yes those cake pops were completely edible using rawhide as sticks.

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This year I am continuing the peanut tradition with Peanut Butter Delight Pupcakes. This recipe was adapted from the blog Anngela’s Pretty Little Things.

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Peanut Butter Delight Pupcakes Recipe

1 cup white or whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup of water
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
Mix together flour and baking soda. In a mixer, combine remaining ingredients. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
Fill cupcake liners 1/2 way and bake for 18 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Should yield 10-12 pupcakes. Peanut tested. Mama approved.

Combine the following ingredients and blend thoroughly:
12 ounces nonfat cream cheese (room temperature)
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp honey

Of course, I couldn’t just bake. (Drives my husband nuts.) I had to do the whole sha-bang (mmm, Boiling Crab sounds good about now.) I decided to set a little photo shoot for Peanut’s Barkery. A huge round of a-paws to the super talented jenaecreates for Peanut’s custom sign & pupcake toppers!


Happy 8th Birthday to my little Peanut!