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
- Vanilla Pudding Mix
- OREOs, crushed (or other Cookies and Cream cookie)
- Cool Whip
- Edible Sugar Pearls, optional
- Boxed Chocolate Cupcakes
- Plus ingredients called for on the box
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.
Grab your free printable for our Beauty and the Beast cupcakes:
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 107mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
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.