These cupcakes are a partially hydrogenated, preservative, high fructose mess. I know this! But right now, I don’t care about that. I have been cooking and baking so much the last couple of weeks, I needed something SUPER easy to make. In my baking section of my cupboard I had 2 boxes of cake mix and a jar of frosting (I bought them when I still thought box cake mix was acceptable to use, I have seen the light and don’t use it anymore. But I also don’t like to waste food, so I would rather use them then trash them).

I had my heart set on making a cute little treat for Easter. Something I could bring to work to share with all my co-workers and something that wouldn’t take me HOURS to complete. And at 4 ingredients, these fit the bill and looked super cute!

And in case you are thinking, ‘Why would you bring your co-workers something so bad for them? Something that will practically pickle them in partially hydrogenated oil?’ Well, it’s simple: These people think ding dongs are a yummy dessert, SICK! So if they like AND EAT ding dongs, these are nothing.

I don’t really need to explain the flavors of these: yellow cake and chocolate frosting, we have all had that before and it is a magical combination. In case you don’t have chocolate frosting, don’t like it, or whatever the case may be, shoot, you would just spread some peanut butter instead of frosting and it could be great too! Hmm…that gives me an idea for next time…

1 box yellow cake mix, made to box instructions
1 container chocolate frosting
2 cups shredded coconut, toasted
1 small bag jelly bellies

Toasted Coconut:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread the shredded coconut on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, mixing a couple times during baking so it doesn’t burn. Cool completely.

Cupcakes:
I used mini bundt pans but cupcakes would be perfect too.
Spread a little frosting on each cupcake, put 3 jelly bellies on each cupcake, then sprinkle them with toasted coconut. Done!

All the different colored jelly bellies look so cute when the cupcakes are all together. I took a second and just peered over them to look at the pretty colors, I’m a nerd.

And Mr. Peep is coming out to say Hello.

Oh Hello Mr. Peep.