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This is one surprise we like.

By Sarra Sedghi
March 11, 2021
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What's better than a cupcake? Easy. A cupcake with a surprise inside. And if you're looking to bring a little bit of wonder to your kitchen this spring, surprise cupcakes are an easy to light up faces of any age.

The folks at Betty Crocker must agree, because they've released an Easter-friendly Surprise Cupcake Kit ($5; target.com) complete with orange Reese's Pieces, green frosting, and even some cupcake liners for easy extraction and cleanup. It's kind of like a carrot, minus the nutritional value and plus peanut butter candies. The surprise cupcake kit is part of Betty Crocker's latest seasonal drop, which also includes Dunkaroos frosting and a giant Easter cookie kit.

If you've never made a surprise cupcake before, there's nothing to fear. Like any good baking kit, you'll find clear instructions on the back of the box. You'll simply bake the cupcakes and let them cool completely, then cut a hole in the top of each cupcake and lift out the center.

Don't eat the wedge just yet, because you'll need part of it to make a lid for the surprise. Place five or six Reese's Pieces inside the cupcake, then cover the hole with the tip from the piece of cupcake you took out. (Yes, now you can eat the rest.) Then you just pile on the pastel green frosting, maybe add a few sprinkles (sold separately, unfortunately), and bring out the cupcakes for your loved ones to enjoy.

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That being said, you don't have to follow the directions. Maybe you'd prefer a whole cupcake with some Reese's Pieces on top, or no Reese's Pieces on top — anybody suffering from a peanut allergy would appreciate the gesture.