The Best Sweet & Salty PMS Cupcake Recipe

A PMS Cupcake? Yuppers! This blend of salty goodness along with chocolaty decadence calls to the week a month in every woman’s life where you crave BOTH.

The Best Sweet & Salty PMS Cupcake Recipe with a picture of brownie topped chocolate cupcakes crowned with pretzles

We used to make chocolate-dipped ruffled potato chips and call them PMS fantasies, always keeping a batch in the freezer – but these are SO much better at fulfilling that sweet and salty craving that hits every 4 weeks or so.

The Best Sweet & Salty PMS Cupcake Recipe

We worked hard on this delicate blend of both sweet chocolatey goodness and salty crispy crunchiness to create this gem and are beyond pleased at how it turned out. I have to tell you, the taste-testing was the worst part – but I suffered through it. Just for you …

Can you feel my sacrifice?

Does chocolate make PMS worse?

It is kind of a Catch-22. While a chocolate craving is pretty normal during this time, it isn’t really helpful for managing your actual PMS symptoms. Chocolate can elevate your prostaglandins level and you may experience more period cramping.

UGH – more cramps! They DO suggest you stick to DARKER chocolate and don’t overdo it – that is why these cupcakes are perfect: they help keep your chocolate consumption under portion control. Dark chocolate contains a ton of magnesium, which relaxes your muscles and eases aches to reduce the pain.

Who knew – right?

Why do we want salt during PMS?

Blame it on the hormones. A 2016 study suggests that changes in levels of hormones estrogen and progesterone cause cravings for high-carb and sweet foods before your period.

Now here is the thing about salt. Consuming lots of salt leads to water retention, which can result in bloating…So, your body hormones are leading you to crave a substance that is counter-productive to your actual physical needs.


Can PMS change your personality?

Here are my thoughts – if PMS symptoms include mood swings, irritability, anger, anxiety, tension, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and social withdrawal, etc – then it is OK to indulge in the cravings you have and placate all of those raging hormones.

Honestly, if it is thought that hormonal changes in the menstrual cycle (fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone levels) affect the mood of women and trigger negative emotions such as anger and irritability, who wants to deny themselves and end up like Lizzie Bordon?

The Murders That Haunt The Lizzie Borden House Video – the PMS murders!

Is PMS a legal defense?

I know that Lizzie got off but is it a real legal defense?

Premenstrual syndrome may be effective as an affirmative defense to a criminal charge if the defendant can show that (i) she was suffering from premenstrual syndrome at the time the crime was committed; and (ii) because of her condition, either that the criminal act was an involuntary act or that at the time of the criminal act she did not possess the mental state required by law for the commission of a crime.

Premenstrual syndrome has been successfully pleaded as a criminal defense in Great Britain but has not been tested in American criminal courts.

Huh. Who knew?

I’m not sure I want to test that though – so you better make sure to have this PMS Cupcake recipe on hand!

How do you store this PMS Cupcake Recipe?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature. Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long –a woman with serious PMS can take them out in two to three days… and if your family is “synched”? Stand Back.

You CAN make the bases in advance and freeze them. Let them come to room temperature when you are ready to decorate them.

I know this recipe starts with a boxed mix. It is Triple Chocolate and the closest I can come to a dark chocolate, craving reducing gem. If you want to make my chocolate cupcakes from scratch, you can get that recipe HERE.

You will need:

Chocolate Cupcakes Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Triple chocolate cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ C water 
  • ½ C canola oil 
  • cupcake pan
  • cupcake liners
Directions :

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line the cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Using a large bowl, beat together until combined the cake mix, eggs, water, and oil. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full with the batter. Put them in the oven and bake for 22 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Frosting ingredients:

  • 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 C powder sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 3-5 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • 1 large piping bag, fitted with a star tip
Frosting Directions:

Using a standing mixer, beat all ingredients together until combined, smooth and fluffy, but holds its shape. Scoop into the piping bag and set aside.

Sweet and salty brownies 

You will need:

  • 1 box of chocolate fudge brownies 
  • Eggs
  • Water
  • Oil 
  • Mini pretzel twists 
  • 9×13 baking pan 
Directions :

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper. Follow the directions on the back of the brownie box and prepare the brownie batter. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Here is a video for box mix brownie hacks:

How to Make the Best Brownies From a Boxed Mix | Food Hacks with Claire

Allow to cool completely before decorating.

Building the PMS Cupcake Treat 

Cut brownies into squares. Pipe small dollops of frosting onto the brownies. Pile on broken mini pretzel twists.

Pipe a ring of frosting onto the top of the cupcake. Carefully place the brownie on top of the frosting.

Drizzle chocolate sauce on top and then plate them up!

Sweet and salty PMS cupcake recipe of finished treat ready to pass out - chocolate cupcakes with pretzel topped brownies on them.

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How to Host the Best Cupcake Decorating Contest

A Cupcake Decorating Contest? When it comes to baking, it is not just getting the right teaspoon of ingredients in and baking for the exact 30 minutes as indicated on the packaged mix. There is so much more associated with it…including how to go about things or even present the treats once they are finished.

How to Host the Best Cupcake Decorating Contest kid decorating a cupcake for a family cupcake decorating contest

Cupcakes are a big favorite for just about everybody, no matter the flavor, and topping them off with just the perfect touch, too, will make them a heart-smiling delicacy.

But, aside from baking these mini cakes just for fun or for that birthday party, what else could you engage these in to have some extra fun? How about a cupcake contest? We are sure this sounds like an exciting activity that would pull everyone in, especially the kids, and knowing they would get to compete with friends.

How to Host the Best Cupcake Decorating Contest

Hosting a cupcake decorating contest is not as hard as it seems, as all you need is the place, people, and ideas on the types of cupcakes you need. Once that is set, you would be surprised to see how many people would desire to engage in it.

In a time like this when the world is going through a pandemic, everything is basically going virtual, and this could be a fun virtual event to co-ordinate!

But you may ask “how does a virtual contest work?” There are so many virtual rooms such as zoom, skype, Facebook, and many others that people can use to showcase their talent. Besides, you could email your decorated stand and await a response from the “judging panel.”

Virtual Shows

Every year, different companies worldwide host virtual cupcake decorating contests, with winners getting the chance to be given lots of prizes and surprises. For instance, one hosted by the Lewisville Branch Library allows bakers to submit their entries via email. During the contest period, which is usually a week, people get to vote for their favorite. The winner is then announced on the draw day.

There is usually a theme that bakers have to work with, for example, “eco-friendly,” which means their main entries have to exemplify something that promotes an environmentally-friendly setting.

How You Can Host Your Virtual Show

With the joy of Covid – we are all sitting behind our Zoom sessions, and this could be a fun twist to that. Each family involved would simply just need a standard kit – so everyone is starting at the same base.

Do you want it to be just a family and friends thing or do you want to make it a fundraiser – larger event of sorts?

Hosting a virtual cupcake decorating show is relatively easy once you have the mindset and the willpower to get you through it. After you have made the necessary plans on what to expect, who can enter, what is required, and when you would like to host it, you can go ahead and get sponsors to help you with advertising the competition as well as get the prizes and surprises you will use to run the show, if you are going that route. Interestingly, it is often not hard to get the right sponsors on board, especially when you seek out the food and beverage industry.

How to Host the Best Cupcake Decorating Contest

In a pandemic like this, many companies would like to bring awareness to their brand, which is a great strategy to get it done. Organize with them and let them see the importance of the show and its purpose in bringing to light many people’s talent. After all, it is set, get to advertising, and be surprised to know how far it will go. You can make the necessary guidelines to be like…

* Setting a Theme

What aspect of life would you like to bring awareness to? You can make the theme surround this. Take, for instance, breast cancer awareness – this means you could go pink. People will have the privilege to get flexible with their baking and decorating. Or, you could go for something more playful like nature and the environment.

* Ingredients for your Cupcake Decorating Contest

This is one of the most interesting aspects of the contest as the most intriguing thing is that all contestants have a pre-arranged list they have to work with. No rule says everyone has to use the same ingredients, but it has to come from the guidelines’ setlist.

* Submission

The submission aspect of the contest solely depends on you and how you desire for it to go. You could request that contestants submit their entries through email or via a social media group. You could also ask for a video sample of the preparation and the results, or you could opt for photo submission.

* Prizes For Your Cupcake Decorating Contest

The prizes can vary, and you could choose something that could help the contestants…either a cash prize or something they can use to improve their talent – baking set, stove, or ingredients.

If this is a friends and family thing – a trophy from your local dollar store could be tweaked with vinyl – to make a bragging rights award that you can use to hold over each other’s heads at future get-togethers for years.

People are home and would love to get their hands busy instead of lying around all day. The kids are home, which is a great way to get their minds active and allow them to get creative while doing something they love. Get a group of friends to help you plan, or you can team up and host a more exciting event.  

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How to Make Elf Cupcakes: Elf Pet Saint Bernard

There is no doubt that the Elf on the Shelf craze has taken over around the holidays over the last ten years or so. with articles like Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas Guide for Parents floating around, don’t we need to talk about Elf Cupcakes?

How to Make Elf Cupcakes: Elf Pet Saint Bernard article cover image with a saint bernard elf cupcake

OK, maybe not actual elf cupcakes, but I have a fun take on the elf pets – that lovable Saint Bernard! Its story is so sweet – thanks to the magic barrels around their necks, the Elf Pets Saint Bernard stores the Christmas cheer children create when they show love to others.

That Christmas cheer is then used to help keep Santa and his team going strong – this heartwarming tale encourages children to perform acts of kindness throughout the Christmas season alongside the Saint Bernard pup included in the boxed set.

With all of that love and kindness going around, how could we NOT make a special cupcake for it?

“Pups at the Window” from Santa’s St. Bernards Save Christmas music video – too cute!

Elf Cupcakes: Elf Pet Saint Bernard

Why did we i pick the Saint Bernard for our first elf cupcake?

About Saint Bernards

Saint Bernards are gentle giants. They’re calm and patient, with an eagerness to please. This easy-going temperament makes the dog a great choice for a family pet. They’re very intelligent, so training is easy, but it’s important to start at a young age while they’re still small and easy to control.

As cuddly as a teddy bear but the size of a real bear, Saint Bernards love everyone they come into contact with. They just make a poor lap dog coming in at about 180 pounds.

This originally was very large working dog from the western Alps in Italy and Switzerland. They were originally bred for rescue work by the hospice of the Great St Bernard Pass on the Italian-Swiss border.

We can see how they were pulled into Elf Pets as they have all the characteristics of the holiday season AND are meant for a rescue! Both elves and children alike should adore them.

A quick video talking about the basics of Saint Bernard Dogs from Animal Planet

Since the barrel is such an important part of the story, I knew we had to include that in our creation. We even added a little heart, for all the love we are showing it. Once I figured that out, the rest was easy!

While this uses a boxed cake mix, you can easily use my chocolate cupcake recipe and make them from scratch. Or – as I have talked about before – pulling cupcake bases out of your freezer (If you are like me and make them ahead of time). This is our Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe.

This recipe is set up to make 22 Cupcakes — wouldn’t it be fun to say “for taking to school”? If only kids were able to attend school right now… (sigh)

Elf Cupcakes: Elf Pet Saint Bernard

You will need:

  • 1 box of Triple chocolate cake mix
  • 3 large eggs room temp
  • 1/2 C of softened unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 1TBSP pure vanilla extract
  • black holiday cupcake liners
  • cupcake pan


Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake pan with the black cupcake liners.
In a medium bowl, add the cake mix, butter, milk, and vanilla extract and stir until combined.
Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full.
Bake in the oven for about 2o minutes.
Pull out the cupcakes and allow them to cool before frosting.

For the Frosting

You will need:

  • 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 C powder sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-5 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • 1 large round ice cream scooper
  • 1 mini angled spatula


Using a stand mixer, combine all ingredients and mix on medium speed. Mix until stiff, but creamy frosting forms.

For the Chocolate Ganache

You will need:

  • 1 C semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 C Heavy Whipping cream
  • 1 Small pot
  • 1 Squeeze bottle

Chocolate Ganache Directions

Using a small pot, pour the heavy whipping cream into it and place it on medium heat. Pour the chocolate chips into a medium heat-safe bowl. Once the heavy whipping cream starts to simmer, remove from heat and pour onto the chocolate chips. Allow to sit for 1 minute before whisking until smooth, then pour the chocolate ganache into the squeeze bottle.

Decoration Supplies needed:

  • 2 packages of Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies
  • 1 package of mini edible eyes
  • 1 bag of Rolo chocolate caramel candy
  • 22 brown M&M’s
  • 1 container of mini pink heart sprinkles

Directions to make the St Bernard cupcakes

Using the ice cream scoop, scoop a dollop of frosting onto the cupcake. Use the angled spatula to lightly smooth the frosting but still keep the dome shape. Using the ganache, pipe out the brown part for the eyes. Place two eyes onto the center of the brown for the eyes of the Saint Bernard. Place an M&M into the center for the nose. Pipe out the mouth detail.

Remove two cookies from the packages and place one on each of the cupcakes for the ears.

For the barrel:

Unwrap two Rolo candies. Pipe a dollop of ganache onto the bottom flat part of the Rolo. Place the other on top. Allow chocolate to harden. Pipe a small dollop in the center of the Rolo and place a heart sprinkle onto the center.

Place the “barrel” onto the bottom center of the cupcake, on the frosting.

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How to Use Pancake Mix to Make Moist Cupcakes

Use Pancake Mix to Make Moist Cupcakes? Shut the front door! Yes, it really is possible to make cupcakes with a PANCAKE mix, but you have to know the little tricks that come with the secret to it.

How to Use Pancake Mix to Make Moist Cupcakes article cover image

While pancake mix is certainly a thriftier option than making cupcaks from a boxed cake mix – it is a little trickier. You know that you can get a boxed cake mix on sale fora buck often at the local grocery store – but pancake mix? It is on sale a lot too – and makes a lot more than what one standard boxed cake mix does!

How to Use Pancake Mix to Make Moist Cupcakes

Depending on the box of pancake mix, you might be getting 4-8 times the results compared to that one box of cake mix. SI]ince you aren’t paying 4 – 8 times the price, it is a steal deal!

Yes, we understand you might tell us there are different types of pancake mix out there, but what if there is the need to try something different? But, is there really a major difference between pancake mix and muffin mix?

What is the Difference Between Pancake Mix and Muffin Mix?

This is one of the commonly asked questions, and since cupcakes and muffins are so close? You might wonder why we aren’t talking about using muffin mix to make cupcakes instead of pancake mix!

For those who have to rush in the mornings and have kids to cater to, you know the importance of having pancake mix around the home. It is great for everything from camping to making bacon fritters.

When it comes to these mixtures and muffins, what is or are the significant differences? Well, pancakes usually take more fluid, and the result is often a flat, light, and fluffy cake. On the other hand, choosing a muffin mix will see you adding a lot more sugar, baking powder, and fat, with a result giving you a richer and thicker cake-like look… not what you are really going for here.

Muffin mix already comes with the “raised” element that makes a cupcake what it is, while you may have to add a few ingredients to the pancake mix to get the results you need. They are common ingredients in any kitchen – have no fear.

What is the Best Pancake Mix?

If you love using only the best of ingredients in your baked goods, then this is an important thing to know! There are numerous types of pancake mix on the market, and while you may not have tried all of them, there are certain types that are a must-try.

When you are searching for the best types of pancake mix, there are certain qualities you need to look for, especially if ingredients and taste are of any concern to you.

The perfect pancake has the right distribution of fluff, texture, moisture, taste, and overall presentation. In addition to making great pancakes, would you believe these choices are great with waffles and cupcakes just the same? Well, after careful research and trying a few pancakes ourselves, we have to give the top five positions to…  

Krusteaz Light & Fluffy Complete Buttermilk Pancake Mix

This is a great option if you search for an ideal fluffy pancake full of flavor. For this pancake mix, you only need to add water compared to the others that generally require you to add the eggs, butter, and milk. These pancakes can go with just about any topping you desire, whether fresh berries or maple syrup.

They have a great video to show you how to make breakfast cupcakes – Maple Bacon – Yum!

It is a convenient choice if you don’t want to run out of milk and eggs during the week just for the sake of pancakes and a staple choice for campers and hikers.

Dancing Deer Baking Co. Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix

You will certainly get a great tasting pancake with this brand. The distribution of flavor is superb and gives that fluffy yet hearty taste and texture. It’s definitely worth the purchase and an added blessing – it makes great waffles, so you are in for a double-take!

Aunt Jemima Pancake & Waffle Mix

If you are looking for that childhood flashback, then the Aunt Jemima choice is your best stop! The Aunt Jemima brand gives all pancake lovers the option to enjoy it the way they desire. Under scrutiny lately, for the visual representation of Auntie, you will see all packing updating.

HERE Is their version for cupcakes based off of their mix

Maple Grove Farms Buttermilk & Honey Pancake Mix

This pancake is for those who love a lot of fluff and thickness while enjoying the best mix of flavors. The interesting thing about this pancake mix is that it gives the option of substituting the regular ingredients for a more “low-fat” option.

We are sure those on a diet would definitely want to enjoy some of the delicacies of life like the rest of us. It just goes to show that you can eat anything, within moderation.

Hungry Jack Complete Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix

Here, we have another “just-add-water” option, and we have to say the pancakes are amazing. When it comes to getting an airy and fluffy texture, you may need to have this in your cupboard.

Can You Use Pancake Mix For a Baking Mix?

Pancake lovers are all over, and the best news they could deal with is to know if they can use their pancake mix as a regular baking mix. The answer is yes!

She shows you how to make cookies from a boxed pancake mix – just like a baking mix!

The only thing you may need to do is add the relevant ingredients you wish to have in your cake or your cupcakes. For sure, adding less liquid and more mixture boosters will give you a sturdier result. One can do so many things with pancake mix besides making pancakes, making waffles, muffins, cupcakes, and even cinnamon rolls. The internet has a thousand and one ways to alternate pancake mix for regular box cake mix. Take a tour, and you will have no regrets.

How to Use Pancake Mix to Make Moist Cupcakes mixer in the batter

Cupcakes with Pancake Mix

You will need:

  • 1 ½ cups Pancake Mix
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cups Milk
  • ½ cups Buttermilk


Preheat your oven to 350. Fill your cupcake tin with paper cupcake liners. Combine pancake mix, egg, butter, milk, and buttermilk in a large bowl.

Divide pancake batter among cups and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Chocolate Cupcakes With Pancake Mix

Now, this is where the real deal sets in, and you will get a flavorful taste like no other. Have you ever considered trying to bake chocolate cupcakes using a pancake mix? Well, for those who have, we know how good it is, and for those who have never tried…you are missing out!

You will need:

  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil or butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp Milk or orange juice
  • 3/4 cup pancake mix
  • 1 tbsp No-sugar added cocoa powder


Preheat your oven to 350. Fill your cupcake tin with paper cupcake liners.

Combine the cocoa powder and pancake mix in a bowl and set aside.

In another bowl, mix together the egg and sugar. Add the oil and mix it in too.

Mix the two bowls together, along with the milk or orange juice. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

To top off the chocolatey flavor, you can add in chocolate chips or even Heath bits to the batter right before baking!

What Else Can Be Made From Pancake Mix? 

One can do so many things with pancake mix besides making pancakes, which includes making waffles, muffins, cupcakes, and even cinnamon rolls. Adding a few ingredients here and there and baking in different pans and trays will give varied results. The internet has a thousand and one ways to alternate pancake mix for regular box cake mix. Take a tour, and you will have no regrets.  

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