Can’t choose between cupcakes or doughnuts for your next party? Now you can have your cupcake and eat your doughnut too. We’re bringing you the best of both dessert worlds with these deceptively plain vanilla cupcakes.
Take a bite and you’ll find that each one carries an iconic Canadian treat – a Timbit! We think you’ll agree that these bite-sized doughnuts have never been such a sweet secret.
Substitution Tip: We used chocolate Timbits in our cupcakes, but you can use any Timbit flavour of our choice.
Preheat oven according to vanilla cake package directions. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners.
Prepare cake mix batter. Drop 1 tbsp of batter into each liner. Top each with one Timbit. Drizzle 2 tbsp of batter over each Timbit to coat. It’s okay that batter will not fully cover doughnut.
Bake according to package directions, until a skewer inserted into cupcakes come out clean. Cupcakes may have a ‘dip’ in the centre. Transfer to a rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.
To make icing, beat unsalted butter with an electric mixer in a large bowl until fluffy. Gradually beat in icing sugar, alternating with cream when it gets too thick. Beat in vanilla until very smooth.
Spread icing on cooled cupcakes using a spoon, or fill a piping bag fitted with a star tip and swirl frosting on cupcakes.
Serve and enjoy!