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Compost Cupcakes – Salty and Sweet

Compost Cupcakes

These compost cupcakes have so many different flavors that Bride 3.0 described the compost cupcakes as schizophrenic. What you think of these compost cupcakes will likely depend on whether you are the type of person who mixes foods on your plate.

If you are the type that greatly prefers plates with dividers (shown above) – so your peas and potatoes don’t mingle – you’ll hate them!

Compost cupcakes (like mud pie and dirt cake) are much better than the name reveals. The interesting thing about compost cupcakes is that they will taste different every time that you make them. The idea for compost cupcakes came from Momofuku’s compost cookies. In the compost cookies, you mix your favorite salty snacks into the batter (Doritos, cheesy poofs, tortilla chips, etc.) along with your favorite sweet snacks (chocolate chips, raisins, caramel, etc.) and end up with salty/sweet deliciousness. I did the same thing with my compost cupcakes. I used pretzels, homemade goldfish crackers, cacao nibs, and Skor chips.

Compost Cupcake Recipe

To make compost cupcakes, mix your favorite salty and sweet snacks into your favorite cupcake recipe. There is no reason that you have to use my recipe. I was in the mood for molasses, so I mixed my snacks into a molasses-based cake. The molasses flavor was a bit overpowering and next time, I might try making compost cupcakes using a more basic white cake.

Compost Cupcakes – Salty and Sweet

Yield: 12 Cupcakes

Compost Cupcakes – Salty and Sweet


    Cupcake Ingredients
  • 5 T unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 C white sugar
  • 1/2 C unsulfured molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup hot milk
  • 1/2 cup - 1 cup crushed salty snacks (I used goldfish crackers and pretzels)
  • 1/2 cup - 1 cup sweet snacks (I used cacao nibs and Skor chips)
  • Chocolate Goldfish Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients
  • Chocolate cream cheese frosting (see my post on chocolate cream cheese frosting)
  • 1/2 cup crushed goldfish crackers (or other salty treat)


    Cupcake Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add the molasses and eggs.
  3. Add the flour and stir until just combined.
  4. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot milk.
  5. Stir in the hot milk mixture.
  6. Stir in salty and sweet snacks until combined.
  7. Divide batter evenly between 12 cupcake liners.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until slightly springy to the touch.
  9. Chocolate Goldfish Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions
  10. Mix crushed goldfish into chocolate cream cheese frosting.
  11. Spread or pipe on cooled cupcakes.

Special Thanks

Special thanks goes out to reader Casey, whose email inspired these cupcakes. I don’t always make cupcakes suggested by readers, but I’m willing to entertain all suggestions – the stranger the better!

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2 Responses to Compost Cupcakes – Salty and Sweet

  1. Stella April 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    I want to take that goldfish and smear it through the chocolate frosting-yum. Very cute!

  2. MsRuckus April 2, 2010 at 6:31 pm #

    So glad that you made them! I can’t wait to try them myself, post Passover. The frosting sounds amazing! Thanks for the shout out.

  3. Anonymous April 2, 2010 at 8:57 pm #

    Great recipe! I read about the compost cookies on David Lebovitz’s blog and thought about making them…but like the idea cupcakes even better.

    I’m waiting for you to make a cupcake featuring sweet Hungarian Paprika. I am thinking chocolate would need to be involved… ;-)

  4. Ivy April 2, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    I don’t like the name because “compost”, although is such a green way of life and is awesome for our gardens, has a nasty smell connected in my head with the word. :)

    I LOOOOVE the idea though because I love salty and sweet combos. My favorite would have to be stuffing and cranberry sauce.

  5. Stef April 2, 2010 at 11:06 pm #

    Stella – Thanks!

    MsRuckus – Sorry to taunt you with them during Passover. I’m also observing (I made these last week) and even writing about them this week was tough.

    Anon – I LOVE paprika. I’ll give that a go sometime.

    Ivy – You can’t go wrong with cranberry sauce and anything.

  6. wine blog April 4, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    I just saw a post earlier about compost cookies. Seems to be quite popular lately. These look and sound good and I bet my little ones would love them! Cheers~

  7. Valen April 5, 2010 at 8:29 am #

    What a crazy fun combination!

  8. Daisy Parade April 7, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    I’ve never tried chocolate and Goldfish but M&M’s and Cheez-its are a favorite junk food combination of mine. I’m sure its very similar. Can’t wait to try these!

  9. April 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm #

    I thought this was an April fools joke–does that actually taste good??

  10. Stef April 14, 2010 at 6:18 pm #

    A Me – YES!! It’s not a joke.

  11. Nakia April 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    I’m reading your warning to those who don’t like their food mingling – that’s me. But they look so good! I want one.

  12. melisha December 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    in the recipe what is 5T (5 T unsalted butter, softened) is it 5 tablespoon


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