These Ear Wax Cupcakes might look horribly disgusting, but kids LOVE them! They’re the perfect addition to any Halloween party!
Listen, Lindas. I know that these cupcakes are super disgusting. I got the hint when my husband walked by them and gagged for the 357th time.
But my kiddos…were completely obsessed with them. Why? Because kids are disgusting and we all know it. My son actually licked a piece of raw bacon the other morning when I was making breakfast. And when I yelped and asked “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!?!?!?!?!?!” he actually looked at me like I was the crazy one.
Please tell me that your kids do that, too. It’s the most maddening thing in the world. There have been times that I legitimately thought I was losing my mind because my children managed to give me their confused stares with such conviction.
It’s kind of disappointing because I feel like I’ve spent a lot of time, energy, and money into making sure they know about life and are prepared for the world. And then I catch my 12 year old licking raw bacon and find myself questioning my entire life purpose.
I mean, why lick bacon when you have perfectly good ear wax cupcakes sitting around waiting to be eaten? That’s what I’d like to know.
I’ve seen fake Q-Tip treats all over Pinterest and I’ve been dying to try them. The only problem is, two tiny marshmallows isn’t enough to sustain anyone. Does that even have calories? Aren’t marshmallows just sweetened air? So I decided to plunk them on top of cupcakes topped with homemade buttercream and pretend ear wax.
I’m sorry that you’re friends with me. I’m so inappropriate. And also, the pretend ear wax is peanut butter ganache and it’s delicious. Not even sorry.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: 24 cupcakes
- 24 cupcakes, baked and cooled
- Ear Wax (peanut butter glaze)
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
- 3 Tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 sticks salted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- Used Q-Tips:
- 24 (4 inch) lollipop sticks
- 48 mini marshmallows
- Roughly 1/4 cup chocolate melting wafers
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- Prepare peanut butter glaze: In a small saucepan, combine peanut butter, powdered sugar, corn syrup, and heavy cream. Stir over medium heat until smooth and combined. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, prepare frosting.
- Prepare frosting: In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter, heavy cream, and vanilla extract on medium-low speed until combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add the powdered sugar. Increase mixer speed to high and beat for one minute, until light and fluffy. Frost cupcakes and set aside.
- Top each cupcake with a spoonful of peanut butter glaze. Prepare Q-Tips.
- Used Q-Tips: Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Press a mini marshmallow into each end of the lollipop stick. Melt almond bark according to directions and lightly dip part of each marshmallow in the candy, allowing excess to drip off. Place on wax paper until candy is set, then dip each end in peanut butter. Top cupcakes with "used Q-Tips."
Trust me when I say that this will get a MAJOR reaction out of your kids. It’s hilarious!
Enjoy and have a great day!