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Horchata Cupcakes


Just about every food I eat or beverage I drink I break my noggin’ trying to figure out how to convert it into a cupcake.  This time, it was agua de horchata’s turn.  But how?


I have a favorite chai tea latte cupcake recipe that calls for a box white cake and instant chai latte powder mix in the recipe.  I thought of doing the same but using an all-natural horchata mix.  I went to my favorite Central American store and found the most perfect Salvadorean mix, Doña Lisa Super Horchata.  If you can’t find Doña Lisa Horchata Mix, there are many others you can use.  Just make sure it’s all-natural.

Next, since this was a super-quick dessert to prepare, I decided to use Fresh & Easy’s Vanilla Bean Cupcake mix.  I had heard wonders about this mix so I was anxious to give it a taste.

The right flavors were all there: milky-cinnamon-vanilla-I-ate-three-in-one-sitting-and-I-am-not-afraid-to-admit-it-good!


Horchata Cupakes

Yield: 18 Cupcakes

Horchata Cupakes


  • 1 pkg Fresh & Easy Vanilla Bean Cupcake & Cake Mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup cold butter (1 1/2 sticks, cut into 1/2" cubes)
  • 5 tbs all natural horchata mix (I used Doña Lisa Super Horchata Mix)
  • For Frosting
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter softened
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips, melted
  • cinnamon for topping


  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 18 muffin cups with cupcake liners.
  3. Mix dry cupcake mix, horchata mix, and cubed cold butter on low speed about 3 minutes, until butter is well mixed and mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Whisk eggs and milk in a separate bowl, until uniform
  5. Blend egg mixture slowly into dry mixture on low speed, scraping bowl as needed. Beat on medium speed 10-15 seconds, until ingredients are blended. Do not over mix; batter will be grainy. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.
  6. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Immediately remove cupcakes from pan to wire rack.
  7. Instructions for frosting
  8. Combine all ingredients and beat on medium speed until smooth and fluffy.
  9. Top frosted cupcake with a few sprinkles of cinnamon

Otra vez… en español!

La mayoría de los alimentos que como o bebidas que consumo trato de encontrar la manera de convertirlo en un pastelito. Esta vez, lo intente con el sabor de agua de horchata. Pero, ¿cómo?

Tengo una receta de pastelitos de té chai latte donde se usa una caja de mezcla de pastel blanco y té chai latte instantáneo. Pensé en hacer lo mismo pero usando una mezcla de horchata. Fui a mi tienda favorita Centroamericana y encontré la mezcla perfecta para esta receta.  Doña Lisa Súper horchata, de El Salvador. Si no puedes encontrar la mezcla de Doña Lisa, hay muchos otras que se pueden utilizar. Sólo asegúrate de que sea totalmente natural.

Ya que éste es un postre súper rápido de preparar, decidí utilizar la mezcla de pastelitos marca Fresh & Easy sabor vainilla. Ya había oído maravillas sobre esta mezcla, así que estaba ansiosa por probarla.

Todos los sabores estaban allí: leche-canela-vainilla-me-comi-tres-en-una-sentada-y-no-me-da-verguenza-admitirlo.

Pastelitos de Horchata
1 paquete de Fresh & Easy Vanilla Cupcake Bean & Cake Mix
3 huevos
3/4 taza de leche
3/4 taza de mantequilla fría (1-1/2 barras, cortada en cubos de 1/2 “)
5 cucharadas de la mezcla de horchata instantanea totalmente natural(yo usé Doña Lisa Horchata de Super Mix)

Para el betun
2 tazas de azúcar en polvo
2 cucharadas de mantequilla suavizada
2 cucharadas de leche
½ cucharadita de extracto de vainilla
1/3 taza de chispas de chocolate blancas, derretido
canela en polvo para decorar

Precalienta el horno a 350 gradosPrecaliente el horno a 350 grados.
Línea 18 tazas para muffins con forros de cupcake.

Bate la mezcla seca de pastelitos, la mezcla de horchata y la mantequilla fría en cubos a baja velocidad unos 3 minutos, hasta que la mantequilla esté bien mezclada y la mezcla parezca que contiene migajas gruesas.

Bate los huevos y la leche en un tazón aparte.

Incorpora la mezcla de huevo poco a poco a la mezcla seca a baja velocidad, raspando el tazon como sea necesario. Bate a velocidad media unos 10-15 segundos, hasta que los ingredientes se incorporen muy bien. No batas demasiado, la mezcla tendrá un aspecto granuloso. Llena los moldes hasta 3/4.

Hornea 18-20 minutos o hasta que al insertar un palillo en el centro, salga limpio. Inmediatamente enfria los pastelillos sobre una rejilla metálica.

Instrucciones para el betun

Combina todos los ingredientes y bate a velocidad media hasta que quede suave y esponjosa.

Decora con un poco de canela en polvo.

  • Jeannette Quiñones-CantoreApril 18, 2012 - 6:17 am

    Me gustaría tener la oportunidad de probar esa horchata mix :) los cupcakes se ven deliciosos y me imagino que la combinación quedo super deliciosa!!ReplyCancel

  • Comiendo en LAApril 18, 2012 - 6:25 am

    La horchata es una de mis bebidas favoritas al igual que el Chai Tea! Definitivamente es una receta a probar!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa ~ AutismWonderlandApril 18, 2012 - 6:39 am

    My son & husband would be ALL OVER THIS RECIPE! I’ve never seen horchata mix. I’m going to look for it.ReplyCancel

  • Bren @Flanboyant EatsApril 18, 2012 - 6:56 am

    Fabulous. I looove orchata.. never thought of making a cupcake out of it, but it makes complete sense!ReplyCancel

  • RubyApril 18, 2012 - 10:59 am

    How could I not share or pin this How yummy!!! Thanks for sharing totally craving horchata now!ReplyCancel

  • IvetteZApril 18, 2012 - 4:44 pm

    What a great idea. I love horchata AND cup cakes!!!ReplyCancel

  • SujeiryApril 18, 2012 - 7:17 pm

    These look great but what is horchata?ReplyCancel

    • MaliceJune 4, 2012 - 11:45 pm

      It’s a drink from Spain. Originally it had water, sugar, and ground tigernuts. Nowadays it can have ground almonds, rice, etc. as the base.ReplyCancel

  • MonicaApril 18, 2012 - 8:30 pm

    You are so very clever!! Love this idea!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa @ Snappy GourmetApril 22, 2012 - 7:53 am

    I’ve never tried horchata, but sounds like I definitely need to give it a try!ReplyCancel

  • Viviana Hurtado/The Wise Latina ClubApril 24, 2012 - 7:00 am

    Dear Lord woman! You have ruined my attempt to get fit before the summer’s flirty skirts, dresses, and bikinis. I love horchata and cupcakes: BRAVA on this creative recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Eva SmithApril 24, 2012 - 12:44 pm

    Oh yum! Deliciousness!ReplyCancel

  • NerdyBakerMay 25, 2012 - 9:55 pm

    I am not a horchata fan but I would completely be a fan of these cupcakes. They look gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • TracyJuly 14, 2012 - 2:14 pm

    You used Salvadoran horchata! Yay!!! LOL.

    I have a few bags of it in the cabinet. I will have to buy some of the other ingredients when I grocery shop and give these a try.ReplyCancel

  • melodyJanuary 15, 2013 - 5:32 pm

    What does it mean mix milk and eggs until uniform??ReplyCancel

    • nibblesandfeastsJanuary 16, 2013 - 1:24 am

      Hi Melody,
      Uniform is another baking term for “smooth.” Hope that helps. Thanks for visiting!ReplyCancel

  • vaneAugust 22, 2013 - 9:49 am

    de donde eres? está padrísimo tu blog, felicidades! =)ReplyCancel

    • nibblesandfeastsAugust 22, 2013 - 10:13 am

      Gracias vane! Soy de Coahuila (Mexico). Saludos!ReplyCancel

  • AngelaMarch 4, 2014 - 1:13 pm

    Can I just use a boxed vanilla cake mix (e.g., Betty Crocker) instead of the F&E mix? Are the sizes and ingredients the same? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • nibblesandfeastsMarch 4, 2014 - 2:19 pm

      Hi Angela,
      Yes, any boxed vanilla cake mix will work. If you can find one that is French vanilla flavor, it will work even better :)ReplyCancel

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