During a chat with one of my fabulous coworkers the other day, SpaghettiOs were mentioned, and I thought, “I LOVED SpaghettiOs. And you know what else I love… cake.” Yup, my mind always goes to cake. I’ve made a tomato soup cake before, so I figured I could easily use a can of SpaghettiOs instead. As for the frosting, I used a basic Cream Cheese Frosting recipe from the Cake Mix Doctor and used Velveeta instead of cream cheese, and man, was it on point.
SpaghettiOs Cupcakes with Velveeta Frosting & Goldfish Sprinkles
There was significantly less liquid in the SpaghettiOs than I anticipated, so I dropped the idea of using a tomato soup cake recipe (in which a lot of the liquid is in the soup) and just used the amount of oil and water called for on the box. Then, I decided to add a bit more flour to the cake mix to give it a bit of support.
Adapted from the Cake Mix Doctor
Note: I think Cheez-Its probably would have been better, but I went with what I had on hand.
While you probably couldn't guess the flavor of the cupcakes, there is definitely something going on in there. The SpaghettiOs remained intact and visible and were a mix of chewy and slightly crunchy. But the frosting, OH, the frosting — it was REALLY good. I was surprised with how well it turned out, both in the texture and the flavor. If you aren’t feeling these cupcakes as a concept (although I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t) and want to start off slow, start with the frosting and thank me later.