Noms by Nikki

Nom (N) : An extremely delicious food.

  • 2nd March
  • 02

Mounds Filled Cupcakes with Key Lime Buttercream Frosting

We made these for Kori’s birthday and they were phenomenal!!  We cheated and used a store bought yellow cake mix, but made the buttercream from scratch!  Here’s the frosting recipe from Southern Living:

Prep: 10 min. If you love lots of frosting, double the recipe.

Yield: Makes about 2 3/4 cups


  • 1/2  cup  butter, softened
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  Key lime zest
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1/8  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
  • 3  tablespoons  Key lime juice
  • 1  to 2 Tbsp. milk


1. Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.

2. Gradually add powdered sugar alternately with Key lime juice, 1 Tbsp. at a time, and 1 Tbsp. milk, beating at low speed until blended and smooth after each addition. Beat in up to 1 Tbsp. additional milk for desired consistency.

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  • 31st August
  • 31

Rainbow Cupcakes

Saturday was spent getting ready for the Kenny Chesney concert. He is my FAVORITE singer ever so I was very excited. Ashley’s birthday is this week so I decided to go with Rainbow Cupcakes, inspired by this rainbow cake. I’ve made the rainbow cake in the past and the icing, although low in calories, is hard to work with and honestly I wasn’t really caring about caloric intake this day. So I borrowed her recipe for the batter and just used store bought icing….saved time and deliciousness!

2 boxes white cake mix
24 oz of clear diet soda (I used two cans of Sprite Zero which we also brought along as mixers for our vodka!)
gel food coloring

- Mix the cake mix with the soda according to regular instructions on box. It will be lumpy afterward. It won’t be as lumpy if you have a ‘ranga helping you mix :)

As for the batter part….I semi followed her directions, except I didn’t really care about equally measuring out the batter for the six different colors. I just used my best judgement. And I did one batch following ROYGBV and the other I did backwards. I knew they would taste good and would be covered in icing anyway….perfection was not my goal!

My batter turned out way more pastel looking than the Rainbow Cake….but I liked it, it was more girly. (I also think that lady has a spiffy camera and photoshop skillz)

Then I glooped (I made up that word) the batter spoonful by spoonful into the cupcake trays. Next time I would probably use smaller spoonfuls b/c some of the cupcakes came out with muffin tops!

Here they are fresh out of the oven….they are almost tie-dye like. Maybe I will change their name from Rainbow Cupcakes to Tie-Dye Cupcakes.

And the final product. 1/2 chocolate and 1/2 vanilla. I should’ve taken a picture after a bite into one of them, but by then I was in the limo, on the way to the concert and way too excited to take pictures of cupcakes! This is a blog in progress after all :)