I made: Tide pod vanilla buttermilk cupcakes

I keep looking at these cupcakes and giggling to myself.  These cupcakes were primarily inspired by a very silly joke meme/trend, and fortunately ended up tasting reasonably good.  I used this recipe for the cupcakes themselves, and because I didn’t have enough cream cheese to follow the frosting recipe, I used this frosting recipe instead.


  • Preheat oven to 350F and line cupcake pans.
  • Mix dry ingredients: 2 3/4 cups flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Beat together 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened, and 2 cups sugar.  Beat in 2 tsp vanilla and 4 eggs.
  • Alternate adding in 1/3 of the flour mixture, then 1/2 cup buttermilk, then more flour, then buttermilk, then the last of the flour, mixing until completely incorporated but not too long.
  • Spoon batter into muffin pans and bake 20-25 minutes (mine took 25).  Cool in pan for at least 15 minutes before removing to rack.


  • Beat 4 sticks unsalted butter until creamy.
  • Gradually add in 6 cups (!) powdered sugar, sifted.
  • Mix in 1 tsp vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.

And that’s about it!  I frosted the cupcakes with a base layer of white frosting first, then split the remaining frosting in half to add the different food colors to each.  I just eyeballed the colors, I was hoping for a darker blue, but this was with quite a few drops and it was about as blue as it got.



  • The cupcake recipe is excellent.  These are nice, fluffy, tasty cupcakes.  Definitely more special than cake mix cupcakes.
  • Because of my various issues with my oven, I kept a really close eye on how they were cooking.  I was using 2 different pans and rotated them halfway through.  I set the timer for 25 minutes exactly and was ready to keep going, but they seemed good to go at 25.
  • The frosting recipe was a good consistency for what I was trying to do with it.  I can’t say I absolutely love sugar/butter frosting, but it’s a good version of what it is.



  • Well, considering this was a joke recipe, I doubt I would repeat exactly.  But I think I would quite happily use the cupcake recipe as is.
  • I would love to get one of those cupcake scoops to help ensure evenness. Some of my cupcakes were much larger than others so they were of varying doneness.
  • Like I said above, the frosting was fine, just not totally to my taste.  I prefer cream cheese frosting.  I’d also love to play with meringue frostings at some point.
  • I’m still a beginner with frosting so I know they aren’t perfect, I feel like this is just the kind of thing that takes practice!