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Stranger Things Chocolate Pudding Eggo Cupcakes

Stranger Things Cupcakes

I, like the rest of America, fell deep into the Upside Down of binge-watching Stranger Things. It starts innocently enough by noticing a new show pop up on Netflix. Then suddenly, you haven’t seen sunlight in two days and you’re gently weeping watching the 7th episode for the third time. That happened to everyone, right? Not just me?

Stranger Things boasts a perfect blend of thrilling plot, adorable stars, and 1980s nostalgia-inducing soundtrack and visuals. Although only eight episodes, the series guarantees a whirlwind of emotions and actions that could last a lifetime. The series undoubtedly worked its way into all of our hearts, (and Halloween plans- I am already planning out my Eleven costume). While most of us have watched the series three times over by now, here are some facts you may not know about this summer’s sci-fi breakout series.

Stranger Things Cupcakes

Stranger Things almost didn’t happen.

Believe it or not, Stranger Things was rejected by 15-20 different networks before Netflix picked it up. The creators, twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, started to worry nobody understood their idea quite like they did. The networks justified rejecting the show saying if kids were the main characters, then the show should be for kids. What?! Have we forgotten all about hits like The Goonies and Stand By Me? Lucky for all of the viewers, the brothers stuck to their original idea and refused to revise the show. Thank goodness, it’s perfect.

 

 Speaking of The Goonies…

The series is heavily inspired by cult classics. In fact, the directors required all cast members to watch The Goonies, Stand By Me, and ET before filming. Additionally, the Duffer Brothers told Millie Bobby Brown, (the actress who plays Eleven,) that her performance should be similar to ET himself.

 

Demagorgan actually scared the cast

Although the monster was created through a combination of animatronics, prosthetics, and CG- the younger cast members were understandably terrified of it. Toddler twins Anniston and Tinsley Price, who play adorable little sister Holly, were especially scared until the crew assured them “It’s just like Monsters, Inc.” 

Stranger Things Cupcakes

Fun facts aside, I absolutely had to create a sweet treat inspired by this series. This chocolate cupcake includes chocolate pudding filling (shoutout Dustin!), classic vanilla buttercream, and a garnish of a mini Eggo waffle- of course. These cupcakes are incredibly easy to make. So whether you’re prepping for season two or in the middle of your 3rd go-around of binge-watching season one- you can’t go wrong!

Stranger Things Eggo Pudding Cupcakes

Stranger Things Cupcakes Classic chocolate cupcakes with Dustin-inspired chocolate pudding filling, topped with vanilla buttercream frosting and a mini Eggo waffle. So easy to make even a Demagorgan could do it.

  • Serves: 12
  • Yield: 12-14 cupcakes

Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/3 c vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 2 cups chocolate pudding

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 c shortening
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 c confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 c heavy cream
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 package store-bought mini Eggos

Instructions

Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla until pale and fluffy.
  4. Make a small well in the middle of the dry mixture. Pour half of the wet mixture and half of the milk into the well. Fold a few times with a spatula to combine.
  5. Repeat previous step with the remaining wet mixture and milk. Stir until just combined.
  6. Spoon the batter into the liners until 2/3 of the way full.
  7. Bake cupcakes for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Let cool completely.
  9. Using a knife angled towards the center of the cupcake, carefully cut a circle out of the top. This will cut out a small cone from the center.
  10. Spoon a dollop of chocolate pudding into the hollowed out center and then replace the cake on top.
  11. Repeat with all cupcakes.

Vanilla Buttercream

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. Add in vanilla extract.
  2. One cup at a time, carefully add in the confectioners sugar. Start on a low speed and work up to high until sugar is well incorporated.
  3. Add in pinch of salt and heavy cream. Beat on high for one minute.
  4. Pipe or spread buttercream onto cooled cupcakes.
  5. Toast mini Eggos according to package direction and let cool. Top each cupcake with one mini Eggo.
  6. Binge-watch Stranger Things one more time. You know you want to.