Ants on a Log Cupcakes

Ok, first things first. Thank you to everyone who entered the Keurig giveaway. Breanne from Honolulu is the winner! We got your address and your Keurig is on its way! I hope your husband enjoys it!

When Cliff and I went To Washington D.C./Virginia for my birthday last month we did a mini cupcake tour of the area. Each place we went we tried a classic cupcake flavor and then we got a “wild card.” Which was basically, in our opinion, the weirdest cupcake on the menu. One of the cupcakes we had was an “ants on a log” cupcake. We really had no idea what to expect. But it turned out to be a favorite. I knew right away that we needed to make our own version of an “ants on a log” cupcake.

First of all, everyone knows what “ants on a log” is, right? I am not sure if it is a regional thing or if everyone grew up on “ants on a log.” We went to Washington D.C. to visit our friends Amanda and Kyle. Amanda had never heard of “ants on a log” before. So, in case you don’t know, it is celery with peanut butter and raisins. I think it’s a popular snack among pre-schoolers but Kelly and I still eat them regularly.

We have made a lot of cupcakes in the past year, and I have to say this makes the top 3 for me. I loved them! I wasn’t sure how the candied celery would turn out, but it was actually pretty good! I wouldn’t eat a lot of it, but as a garnish I really liked it. We put rum in ours but if you omit the rum they would make great treats for a kid’s party. I am really excited about these cupcakes, so I hope SOMEONE tries them!

Here is what you’ll need

Cream the butter and peanut butter

Add the eggs and sugar

Add the vanilla

In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients

Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mix

Add the milk

And the rest of the dry ingredients and fold in the peanut butter chips

Fill the cups 2/3 full and bake 15-20 minutes

Combine the butter and powdered sugar. Add the rum. Fold in the raisins.

Cook the celery in a water/sugar for about 10 minutes

Coat the celery with sugar

Once the cupcakes have cooled frost and garnish with the candied celery

A perfect treat for kids and adults alike!

 

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