Gray Stuff Cupcakes

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A fun Disney cupcake recipe for a Beauty and the Beast movie night or party, these Gray Stuff Cupcakes are super simple to make – a fun twist on a cookies and cream cupcake!

A fun Disney cupcake recipe kids can make: Beauty and the Beast Gray Stuff Cupcakes, a cookies and cream cupcake with a rich, pudding-based frosting. Perfect for a Disney movie night

Gray Stuff Cupcake Recipe

There’s possibly nothing less delicious sounding than “Gray stuff” – regardless of Lumiere’s assurances in the song. However, despite the awful name and drab appearance, I promise you that these gray stuff cupcakes are delicious, decadent and well worth suspending any doubts.

Disney has two versions of “Gray Stuff” that it sells at it’s parks. At Disneyland’s Red Rose Tavern, it’s a cookies and cream pudding served on a shortbread cookie, while at DisneyWorld’s Be Our Guest restuarant, the gray stuff is served on top of a cupcake – so that’s where I pulled my inspiration from today.

Gray stuff is essentially cookies and cream pudding that is thickened with whipped cream so it can hold it’s shape. We’ve made it so many different ways now – on it’s own, on top of a cupcake, and as No-Bake Rice Krispie Cups. It would also be delicious as a fruit dip, as a cupcake or twinkie filling, etc. The possibilities for this “stuff” are endless.

I made these Gray Stuff Cupcakes for our Beauty and the Beast family movie night. I also served:

It was all super simple to make but made for one amazing movie night!

Gray Stuff Cupcake Ingredients

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: you may want to try using half of the amount of OREOs called for in this recipe and then increase to your personal taste.

You can also use your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe in place of the called-for boxed cake mix.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Electric mixer <– this is a great hand mixer if you don’t want to make the investment into a stand mixer
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Cupcake pan
  • Food Processor

How to Make Gray Stuff Cupcakes

Prepare the cupcakes according to the boxed directions.

As the cupcakes cool, prepare the gray stuff frosting.

Make the vanilla pudding according to the boxed directions, however only use 1 1/2 cups milk rather than what is called for. (This allows for the frosting to have a thicker texture.)

Place the pudding in the fridge to thicken for 5 minutes as you crush the OREOs in a food processor.

Mix the OREOs into the vanilla pudding until completely combined.

Add the Cool Whip and stir gently until just combined.

Refrigerate for 5 minutes before frosting the cupcakes. You can use an offset spatula (which is what we did) or place in a piping bag and add a pretty swirl on top of the cupcakes.

Decorate with edible sugar pearls, if desired.

 

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A fun Beauty and the Beast inspired cupcake recipe kids can make, these Cookies and Cream "Gray Stuff" cupcakes are super simple and decadent

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Yield: 24 cupcakes

Gray Stuff Cupcakes

Gray Stuff Cupcakes

A super simple recipe for Cookies and Cream cupcakes inspired by Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3.4 oz box Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 1 1/2 cups Milk
  • 15 OREOs, crushed (or other Cookies and Cream cookie)
  • 8oz Cool Whip
  • Edible Sugar Pearls, as desired
  • Boxed Chocolate Cupcake Mix
  • Plus ingredients called for on the box

Instructions

  1. Prepare the cupcakes according to the boxed directions.
  2. As the cupcakes cool, prepare the gray stuff frosting.
  3. Make the vanilla pudding according to the boxed directions, however only use 1 1/2 cups milk rather than what is called for. (This allows for the frosting to have a thicker texture.)
  4. Place the pudding in the fridge to thicken for 5 minutes as you crush the OREOs in a food processor.
  5. Mix the OREOs into the vanilla pudding until completely combined.
  6. Add the Cool Whip and stir gently until just combined.
  7. Refrigerate for 5 minutes before frosting the cupcakes. You can use an offset spatula (which is what we did) or place in a piping bag and add a pretty swirl on top of the cupcakes.
  8. Decorate with edible sugar pearls, if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 107mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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These Beauty and the Beast-inspired Disney cupcakes were super quick and easy to make and would make a great addition to a Beauty and the Beast party or a Disney family movie night.

For more fun Disney-inspired recipes, check out our Frozen Lunch Box Ideas or our Rapunzel Garlic Bread Braids.

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