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Nesquik Buttercream Cupcakes

I don’t know about you, but I am addicted to Nesquik.
Always have been. We were practically raised on it.
One of my favorite nostalgic meals is a good PB&J with a tall glass of Nesquik.
So I’ve been wondering how this Nesquik buttercream would taste on Peanut Butter cupcakes–
someone try that and let me know :)
But, for now, I went with a classic chocolate cupcake.
Chocolate milk on chocolate cake. All is right in the world.

Nesquik Buttercream

by Ashton Swank
  • 1 c. shortening (don’t use butter flavored)
  • 5 c. powdered sugar
  • 6 tbsp. milk (I used whole)
  • 1/2 c. Nesquik
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Whisk the shortening in a stand mixer until smooth.
  2. Add in 1 cup powdered sugar. Whisk until smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the Nesquik and the milk until Nesquik is dissolved. Pour into the stand mixer bowl and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add remaining powdered sugar gradually, whisking in between additions, until you’ve reached desired frosting consistency.
  5. Whisk in vanilla.
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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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22 Responses to “Nesquik Buttercream Cupcakes”

  1. Sue posted on June 11, 2012 at 2:06 am (#)

    I grew up with Nesquik, and now my grandkids love it too:) I bet these cupcakes are yummy! Love the straws and the photos!

  2. Aimee posted on June 11, 2012 at 7:34 am (#)

    My brother works for Nestle, one year for my youngest daughters birthday he bought her two GIANT (bigger than I have ever seen, food industry sized) containers of Nesquik. It was hilarious. And awesome. GREAT buttercream!

  3. {northern cottage} posted on June 11, 2012 at 8:36 am (#)

    mmmmm – that’s all I have to say about that! mmmmmmm

  4. Jocelyn posted on June 11, 2012 at 8:59 am (#)

    We grew up on the powdered nesquik too…hhhmmmI haven’t had that in years. I’m thinking my kids need to be introduced to that very soon:-) Awesomeness for chocolate frosting on chocolate cake!!!

  5. Julie posted on June 11, 2012 at 9:52 am (#)

    What a great idea!! We grew up on Nesquick too so can’t wait to try this :)

    The Farm Girl

  6. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on June 11, 2012 at 10:28 am (#)

    Nesquik buttercream! How creative. I drank nesquik all.the.time when I was little. this buttercream would bring back a lot of memories. I think I would eat it by the spoonful. Awesome recipe Ashton, I just love it!

  7. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on June 11, 2012 at 11:33 am (#)

    What a great idea! I, too, drank Nesquik all the time…I could definitely eat a big gob of this frosting!

  8. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on June 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm (#)

    I will. LOL, because I WILL BE MAKING THIS FROSTING. Nesquik was my go-to drink as a kid. I super duper love this as a frosting!

  9. cupsbykim posted on June 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm (#)

    What a great idea! I’m definitly going to have to try these now!!

  10. Hayley posted on June 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm (#)

    I love Nesquik!! We grew up on it, too. Such a classic, and these cupcakes are adorable!

  11. Tanya posted on June 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm (#)

    I can see making these a lot! Yummy! I wonder what the strawberry Nesquik would taste like? Hmm, may have to try both!

  12. Kara at Petals to Picots posted on June 11, 2012 at 8:40 pm (#)


  13. Heather Kinnaird posted on June 12, 2012 at 1:10 am (#)

    who doesn’t love nesquik – looks great

  14. Christine posted on June 12, 2012 at 8:34 pm (#)

    THIS LOOKS AMAZING!!! I Have to try and make this recipe!!

    Oh and you better be planning on sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!!! Please :)

  15. Connie posted on June 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm (#)

    Very nice, please link it up with me today at Wow Us Wednesday.

  16. Winnie posted on June 15, 2012 at 11:43 am (#)

    This recipe I just have to try!
    These cupcakes look too good

  17. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking posted on June 15, 2012 at 1:19 pm (#)

    Mmmm!!! I’d like one of these right now!!

  18. Aimee - posted on June 17, 2012 at 12:40 am (#)

    SUPER CUTE! Crossing my fingers you’ll share at my party! Saturdays at Seven!

    XO, Aimee

  19. Sarah posted on June 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm (#)

    Hey these look so good, they will be featured tomorrow at my link party!

  20. Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more posted on June 19, 2012 at 11:57 am (#)

    okay now that you have made this I am all “how come I never thought of that!” And then I wanted to make it right away, darn it all, they look so good!

  21. Kim @ The Sasse Life posted on June 20, 2012 at 11:42 am (#)

    These look SOOO yummy! Would love forgot to share at my link party.

  22. alicia posted on August 13, 2012 at 11:01 am (#)

    does it matter if it’s powder or syrop nesquik??