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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.

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Compost Cupcakes – Salty and Sweet

Mix your favorite salty and sweet snacks into your favorite cupcake recipe or use this one.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate cream cheese frosting, compost cupcakes, salty and sweet cupcakes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 252kcal
Author Stef


Cupcake Ingredients

  • 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup hot milk
  • 1/2 cup crushed salty snacks I used goldfish crackers and pretzels
  • 1/2 cup sweet snacks I used cacao nibs and Skor chips

Chocolate Goldfish Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients


Cupcake Instructions

  • Cream butter and sugar.
  • Add the molasses and eggs.
  • Add the flour and stir until just combined.
  • Dissolve the baking soda in the hot milk.
  • Stir in the hot milk mixture.
  • Stir in salty and sweet snacks until combined.
  • Divide batter evenly between 12 cupcake liners.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until slightly springy to the touch.

Chocolate Goldfish Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions

  • Mix crushed goldfish into chocolate cream cheese frosting.
  • Spread or pipe on cooled cupcakes.


Calorie count does not include chocolate cream cheese frosting and will depend on your choice of compost ingredients.


Nutrition Facts
Compost Cupcakes – Salty and Sweet
Amount Per Serving
Calories 252 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 242mg10%
Potassium 243mg7%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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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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12 comments on “Compost Cupcakes – Salty and Sweet”

  1. Stellasays:

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

  2. 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. Anonymoussays:

    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. Ivysays:

    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. Stefsays:

    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. 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. Valensays:

    What a crazy fun combination!

  8. 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. a.mesays:

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

  10. Stefsays:

    A Me – YES!! It’s not a joke.

  11. Nakiasays:

    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. melishasays:

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

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