Rex Manning Day & Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

April 8th will forever be Rex Manning Day. I’m hoping one day it will be a nationally recognized holiday…. Ok, maybe not. But it’s definitely a fun day for fans of the cult classic film, Empire Records.

Who wouldn’t want to be in a group like this? They’re all a mess, and that’s OK.

This has been one of my absolute favorite movies for as long as I can remember. Seriously, I wanted to work in a record store (who didn’t) because of this movie. Then I grew up and realized there was no workplace as awesome as Empire Records. *Sigh*

And now I’m contented to spend every April 8th watching this movie and playing the soundtrack. Let’s be honest, I do that a lot throughout the year anyway.

This year I decided to make some cupcakes to celebrate Rex Manning Day. Also, because I had a box of cake mix left from making that Spring Garden Cake. Just to sweeten the pot, I also decided to use some other things I had too much of: Easter chocolate and peanut butter. The result was a beautiful, complex yet simple masterpiece…JUST like this awesome movie!

I prepared the batter according to the box directions then added 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and set the oven to 375 degrees. Then, I lined a cupcake pan with liners. Cupcake pan

Next, I filled each liner about 1/3 full.Partially filled

After that, I unwrapped a few chocolate Easter eggs and placed them in the center of each partially filled liner.

Chocolate Center

Isn’t this even more sexy than Rexy?

Once each liner contained a chocolate, I then placed a dollop of peanut butter on top and filled the liners with the rest of the batter. I baked the cupcakes for 20 minutes and allowed the cupcakes to cool before frosting. After they were frosted, I jazzed things up a bit by using some sprinkles because…sprinkles! In hindsight, I probably should have cut the chocolates in half or something because they did not quite melt down as much as I would’ve liked. Despite this, they turned out pretty well and tasted absolutely delightful. It was like eating a moist peanut butter cup.

Finished Cupcakes 1

Cue the music. Preferably “Say No More (Mon Amor)” by Rex Manning

I was definitely not disappointed! Cupcake Center 2

Now I have the perfect treat to watch Empire Records!

Hope you all have a fun and safe Rex Manning day! And don’t forget:


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