Recipe: How to Make Breaking Bad Cupcakes

Updated on October 13, 2013
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Breaking Bad is easily one of my all-time favorite television shows. As a total square who has never even tried drugs in my 30 years of existence, I find it all very interesting-- but it's more than just a show about drugs. Each character is truly amazing and I have enjoyed watching the rise, fall, and downright evolution of every day people like you and me. I am very intrigued at how different people react to different situations. How would you react to finding out you had cancer and your time on this earth and with your family was very limited? How would you react if you found out your spouse was a drug manufacturer? These are a couple of the themes in the show. While people can easily argue back and forth about character motivations and do morals and ethics have gray areas when we're talking about life, death, and the people we live and die for... One thing is for sure: cupcakes are delicious! So let's, "Get cooking."

My husband and I attended a wedding rehearsal dinner last year that had awesome Breaking Bad cupcakes made by the mother of the bride. Since then, I've seen a variety of versions all over the internet, especially on Pinterest. I hadn't seen any that were inspired by colors or the large role that colors play in the television drama-- so I decided to change that! I give you Walter White cupcakes with Jesse Pinkman frosting and Blue Sky crystals. This entire recipe is from scratch but if you're pressed for time and like the concept, just simply pick up a boxed white cake, pink frosting, and some decorative blue sprinkles.

This Recipe Yields One Dozen Deliciously Bad Cupcakes

Quick word about my butter...

You'll notice the recipes below call for 1/2 cup of butter which equates to one stick. You'll also notice my pictures each show two sticks of butter. What you see pictured are half sticks as that's all my store had last time I was shopping. I actually think they're really cute ;)

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Ingredients for Walter White Cupcakes

  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 and 3/4 teaspoons baking powder

Instructions for Vanilla Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In bowl, cream sugar and soft butter with electric mixer.
  3. Beat egg whites into mixture, one at a time.
  4. Add vanilla and mix well.
  5. Combine flour and baking powder. Add to mixture gradually mixing well. Add milk and mix well.
  6. Fill muffin pan with cupcake liners and distribute batter evenly into 12 liners. Liners should be about 3/4 full.
  7. Bake in 350° F oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven when done and cool completely before frosting.

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Ingredients for Jesse Pinkman Frosting

  • 4 cups concefectioners' sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 3 teaspoons almond flavor
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk

Instructions for Frosting

  1. Beat warm butter with electric mixer until soft and creamy.
  2. Gradually add sugar while mixing.
  3. Add milk and mix well.
  4. Add almond flavoring and cherry juice and stir until thoroughly mixed.

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Ingredients for Blue Sky Crystals

  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 or more drops blue food coloring

Instructions for Crystals

  1. Pour sugar and water into saucepan. Add food coloring.
  2. Bring to boil. Reduce to medium-high heat and cook 5-6 minutes stirring often. Mixture should be syrupy.
  3. Pour onto cookie sheet with sides. Tilt pan to ensure even coverage if necessary. Allow to cool completely.
  4. When cool, twist cookie sheet (like an ice cube tray) to break glass OR tap glass with back of large knife to shatter.

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Finished Cupcakes

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Breaking Bad Cupcake Tips

Cupcakes

  • If you'd like your cupcakes to truly be white, make sure you carefully separate the egg yolks and whites and only use the whites in your cake mix. If you don't mind yellow cake, add the yokes too.
  • Make sure your vanilla cupcakes are completely cool before frosting! The delicious frosting is a buttercream and will melt and drip off even slightly warm cupcakes.

Frosting

  • If you'd like a pinker color for your frosting, add a little more maraschino cherry juice or a drop of red food coloring.
  • Place your frosting bag in a tall cup while filling it. This makes life easier!

Crystals

  • I used just one drop of blue for coloring my crystals. Start with one and see what you think. A little can go a long way.
  • If your crystals aren't shattering and breaking they may not be ready yet. Putting them in the fridge can help the syrup to set and harden.
  • Make your crystals the night before if possible. This can save some time and stress.

Heather Says

Making cupcakes and frosting AND crystals from scratch can be exhausting but is totally worth it. These three components compliment each other beautifully. The cake is moist and perfectly white. The frosting recipe is one of my favorites because it's deliciously sweet and creamy. The candy glass crystals came out just the way they looked in my imagination. I hope you can give these recipes a try next time you're in the kitchen.

  • Do you have a favorite buttercream frosting recipe?
  • What's your favorite or least favorite episode of Breaking Bad?

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        shushi sheikh 10 months ago

        wow superb baking

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        Matthew Hotaling 11 months ago from Missouri

        Omg! That is genius. I just started binge watching Breaking Bad for the first time (I know I'm a little late on the cupcake, I mean uptake). These absolutely look delish!

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        annasmom 2 years ago

        So fun! So, so fun! Going to show this page to my son and his fiancé. Thanks!

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        Kalai 4 years ago from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

        I always use the whole eggs. now I know why y cupcakes seem heavy. next time shall use the whites of the eggs only.

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        Abdullah-Al-ezzo 4 years ago

        Wow, spectacular design & indeed delicious taste.

        Thanks.

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        Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        @Your Cousins-- Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Your pun definitely has me giggling. Thanks again :)

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        Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

        There's a meth-od to your madness! Love these cupcakes, especially the blue crystals. They look so good to be so "bad"!

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        Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        @jtrader-- Thanks for stopping by to say so :)

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        jtrader 4 years ago

        Interesting theme ;-) Congrats on winning a Hubbie Award!

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        Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        @pinkdaisy-- Thanks! I'm glad you stopped by and commented tonight :)

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        pinkdaisy 4 years ago from Canada

        Brilliant! Very creative :)

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        Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        @RNMSN-- Hello AZ neighbor! Thanks so much for visiting and all the kind words. Thanks for sharing on FB too :)

        @daisydayz-- Thanks! I'm glad you stopped by today :)

        @Better Yourself-- Thanks so much for the great comment. I've been playing with the idea of regularly doing a themed cupcake, so we'll see. I'm glad you came by and commented today :)

        @W1totalk-- "Sweet end to a rough show." I think that's the best comment anyone has left! Thanks so much. I'm glad you visited today :)

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        Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        @Lyndsay Gamber-- Thanks for stopping by. I am probably going to make another "batch" of these for a Halloween party at my neighbor's house. Thanks for the kind words :)

        @janshares-- Thanks for stopping by today and commenting. Thanks for all the kind words, as always :)

        @rebeccamealey-- Thanks for reading and commenting today :)

        @Millionaire Tips-- Thanks so much. Where did you find your butter dish? I found a lovely blue ceramic one with a cover and little bird perched on top at World Market for under $10 but for a regular-sized stick of butter. I'd love a smaller one though. Thanks for stopping by today and sharing :)

        @StephanieBCrosby-- Thanks for reading and commenting today. Prior to Breaking Bad, Lost was my favorite contemporary television show but BB has really blown it out of the water. It's on Netflix and worth a try. Thanks for visiting and all the kind words :)

        @leastamplbc-- Thanks for stopping by and commenting today :)

        @NornsMercy-- Thanks for reading and commenting today :)

        amberld profile image-- Yay! A BB fan! Thanks for stopping by and all the kind words :)

        @Glimmer Twin Fan-- Don't be embarrassed! There are plenty of shows that people are ga-ga over that I haven't seen either... like Walking Dead or Downton Abbey. Anyway. Thanks for stopping by and all the kind words :)

        @ChitrangadaSharan-- Your comment certainly makes my day. Thanks so much for visiting and reading today :)

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        Barbara Bethard 4 years ago from Tucson, Az

        oh these are totally awesome Heather and way to GO!!!!on hub of the Day!! :) I posted this to my FB...it's a wonderful hub and fantastically done!

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        Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

        Freaking Awesome!!!!!!!

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        Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina

        Congrats on your Hub award! I have to admit I haven't seen the show but I appreciate a yummy cupcake, and beautifully decorated I love the blue rock candy. Nicely done, hope you do more of these hubs!

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        W1totalk 4 years ago

        Sweet end to a rough show. Great recipe.

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        Lyndsay Gamber 4 years ago from California

        Congrats on HOD! I have never seen this show but your cupcakes look beautiful and delicious!! =) these would be cool to make for halloween!

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        Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

        Congratulations on Hub of the Day! Well-deserved, Heather Says. I never watched "Breaking Bad" but the time and effort you gave to creating cupcakes around the series says a lot about the popularity of the show. It is visually beautiful. Voted up and awesome.

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        Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        Those look awesome! Congratulations!

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        Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

        Congratulations on your Hub of the Day. This is a beautiful hub, and the recipe looks absolutely delicious - love all the ingredients, and really love the blue ice. Those little sticks of butter are awfully cute - I even found a butter holder that holds those little sticks. Voted up.

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        Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

        Super cute idea. I have not watched anything more than coming attractions for the show, but I can still appreciate the creativity and thought that went into creating these.

        Congratulations on your Hub of the Day!

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        leastamplbc 4 years ago from Fowlerville Mi

        Thanks for sharing nicely done.

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        Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

        These are so awesome! Congratulations on HotD! :)

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        Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

        love Breaking Bad! love your cupcakes, beautiful and clever. Voted up and shared!

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        Claudia Mitchell 4 years ago

        Very cool hub even though I am embarrassed to say I have never seen the show. Love the blue crystals. Congrats on your HOTD and Hubbie!

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        Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

        Wonderful recipe, clear instructions, helpful pictures and an impressive layout!

        Thanks and Congratulations for winning the HOTD!

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        Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        @purl3agony-- Hey Lady! Thanks for stopping by today to say so :)

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        Donna Herron 4 years ago from USA

        Hi Heather - Congrats on your HOTD!

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        Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        @rebekahELLE-- Thanks so much for stopping back by today! My husband and I started re-watching the show on Netflix. We're in season 3 now and I've been reliving how much I really didn't like Jesse back then-- before he won my heart. I'm sometimes overwhelmed by baking from scratch on some days but these are super easy and sooo worth it. I could make the butter cream and just eat it as is. You'll have to come back and let me know how you liked them :)

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        rebekahELLE 4 years ago from Tampa Bay

        I love this hub! I thought I had commented on it when I first read it. It's simply the best in every way. And I'm a huge fan of the show. When I have the time, I'm definitely going to try making these from scratch. Congrats on the two time win with this hub. I voted for it for Best All Around Hub. :)

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        Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        @pstraubie48-- Good Morning! Thanks so much for stopping by to say so. I read you have a lot going on so taking time to comment means a lot to me :) I hope everything works out and I'll keep you and yours in my prayers :) Thanks for pinning and take care :)

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        Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

        Good morning Heather

        Congrats on HOTD...these a fabulous...I think I was by before but had to stop to congratulate you...awesome Pinned, shared, and voted up up and away

        Many Angels are on the way to you today ps

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        Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        @SEEMA AQUA-- That's okay! Thanks for stopping by and commenting today :)

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        SEEMA AQUA 4 years ago

        well done

        but i dont make........

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        Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        @nanderson500-- Thanks so much! I appreciate you stopping by and cmmenting :)

        @teaches12345-- Good to see you! Thanks so much for reading and your kind words :)

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        nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

        Very cool! What a good idea! I'm a fan of Breaking Bad, but I didn't realize its themes could translate to cupcakes so well. They look delicious.

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        Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

        Congratulations on winning the 2013 best all around hub. After viewing your post, I can see why and it is well deserved. I love the blue crystals and how you assigned names to tie in the show. I have to be honest and tell you that I have never watched the show, but I do admire writing style and creativity like yours.

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        Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        @carlajbehr-- Thanks so much for the kind words. I'm glad you stopped by :)

        @Nikkij504gurl-- Awesome! I know exactly the cupcakes you mean. I first saw them by Martha Stewart but have also seen versions on Pinterest, sometimes called Dexter cupcakes. They look so cool! I'm tempted to give them a try too. I hope you take pictures so I can see how awesome yours came out. Thanks for stopping by :)

        @Suzie HQ-- Thanks so much for stopping by to tell me. It makes my day :)

        @mary615-- Thanks! I miss it too! Did you see the ABQ newspaper even ran an obit for Walter White? My husband and I have started rewatching on Netflix also. Thanks for stopping by :)

        @Mark Johann-- Thanks for stopping by to let me know! I appreciate your kind words :)

        @Cheeuarv-- Thanks so much! I'm glad you stopped by :)

        @greatstuff-- Thank you! Thanks for reading and commenting :)

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        Carla J Behr 4 years ago from NW PA

        Amazing hub and well, well done with good discription and excellent photos!!! I predict it will be very popular!!

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        Nikki Wicked 4 years ago from Louisiana

        Love it! Might have to make some the simple way though with a box of cake mix and already made Icing lol but I would make the crystal candy stuff the same. I also have a cool Halloween cupcake recipe for Broken Shard Bloody red velvet cupcakes I will be making for a Halloween party. You make the glass candy stuff similar to this to stick in the cupcakes to resemble broken shards of glass.

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        Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Well done on your award, great recipe even though I have never heard of this show. Your photos are fab and you creativity in layout is excellent!

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        Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

        Congrats on your big win with this Hub. You did a fantastic job with your photos.

        Breaking Bad is one of my favorite shows, and I will miss it. I watch some of the episodes over and over again on Netflix.

        Voted UP, etc. and will share.

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        Mark Johann 4 years ago from Italy

        I am linked to this page from my email. Congratulations! This is I believe worth the award. Nice and colorful!

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        Cheeuarv 4 years ago

        Congratulations for winning an award on this hub:)

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        Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

        Congrats on winning the 'Best All-Around Hub' for this hub. Great job!

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        Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        @bat115-- That's awesome. I'll be crossing my fingers for your project and hope to see him in it! Thanks for sharing your experience. Now I'm determined to check out that film and look for you and Mr. Pinkman ;P

        @NancySnyder-- Hi! You're so awesome for coming back and letting me know. I'm glad the cupcakes were a hit. I've read online (and have seen on baking shows) that making candy glass can be difficult. I'm far from a seasoned expert-- so maybe I have just had a lot of dumb luck when I work with it. I'm happy that you shared your experience here in case anyone else is having a tough time. I need to invest in a candy thermometer myself because I would love to have crystal clear candy like Martha Stewart. Thanks again :)

        @purl3agony-- Aw! Thanks! You're too kind . Thanks for stopping by again :)

        @kelleyward-- Yay! Thanks! So good to see you. Thanks for the kind words :)

        @Rebecca Furtado-- I wonder too!

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        Tim 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

        Heather Says - Yes, He is a great actor and I am hoping against hope that I get to work with him soon on a role I have created just for him. I just realized I had another connection to the show as I was an extra in the movie Whatever It Takes that featured a very young Mr Jesse Pinkman. I was an extra in the prom scene... or whatever type of school dance that was. Honestly, I have never seen the movie so I am not sure if I can even be seen in it.

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        Nancy Snyder 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

        Hi Heather, just wanted to let you know that the "Breaking Bad" cupcakes were a big hit at my daughter's b-day party. I did have some difficulty with the sugar crystals. I didn't cook them long enough, and they did not set up. The second time we simmered it longer, and they turned out better, although not the clarity seen in your picture. Regardless they turned out great, and everyone loved them. Thanks for the timely recipe!

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        Donna Herron 4 years ago from USA

        Hi Heather - Congrats on your Hubbie award!! How wonderful! You deserve it!!

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        kelleyward 4 years ago

        Beautiful pics! Love this hub. Congrats on winning the best all around hub!

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        Rebecca Furtado 4 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

        Wonder how many were consumed last night at finale parties! Great recipe...

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        Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        @LisaKoski--

        I was shopping with a friend yesterday and had to avoid all social media and possible spoilers until I could get home and watch the finale! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. You'll have to come back and let me know how they turned out :)

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        Lisa 4 years ago from WA

        This is so awesome. I love cupcakes and, of course, Breaking Bad is one of my all time favorite shows. Maybe I'll make these tonight as I finally watch the final episode. This will be pinned and shared for sure. Thanks!

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        Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        @NancySnyder-- That sounds like an awesome idea! I love when timing works out like that. You'll have to let me know how it goes. Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

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        Nancy Snyder 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

        Hi Heather, great hub! My daughter loves "Breaking Bad." Since it ended this weekend and her birthday is next week this cupcake recipe is a perfect fit. I will definitely try them out. Thanks so much for the idea and recipe!

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        Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        @calculus-geometry--Thanks so much! I'm glad you stopped by. My sugar crystals are 99.1% pure ;)

        @bat115-- That's so awesome! He's such a great actor and after Jesse, Walter Jr. is my favorite character. He tells it like it is and some of my favorite moments in the show are when he is blunt/rude to his parents.

        @hlwar-- Thanks so much. Your compliments mean a lot because your cupcakes always look so great ;)

        @Michael Durden-- I feel the same way when people go on and on about Dexter or Walking Dead: I feel like I'm the only person who doesn't watch them. Thanks for stopping by :)

        @MsDora-- Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

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        calculus-geometry 4 years ago

        Awesome, I love your food hubs! How pure are your crystals?

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        Tim 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

        Heather, Is it RJ Mitte. Walt Jr!

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        hlwar 4 years ago

        I've never watched Breaking Bad but these are beautiful cupcakes!! And the frosting with maraschino cherry and almond flavors sounds really yummy. ლ(´ڡ`ლ) Gonna have to try these. Thanks for sharing!

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        Michael Durden 4 years ago

        I am starting to think I am the only human alive not watching Breaking Bad. I should check it out, I guess.

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        Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

        Thank you for the breaking bad cupcakes recipes. Don't watch the show, but will eat the cupcakes.

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        Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        @bat115-- That's so awesome! Now my interest is piqued! Can you say what character? Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I hope you have a chance to make these :) Let me know how it went :)

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        Tim 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

        I am very good friends with an actor on this show part time and these cupcakes would be a fun idea for an upcoming party we are having for him!

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        Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        @randomcreative-- Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I'm happy you could see the humor and I hope you get to watch it someday :)

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        Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Hilarious and so timely! Nicely done. I haven't watched the show (yet), but I know that this idea will be very popular.

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        Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

        @joaniebaby-- I love love love almond flavoring too! Sounds like you two ladies have great taste ;) Thanks for stopping by and sharing :)

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        joaniebaby 4 years ago

        Cupcakes are such a favorite these days for weddings, graduations and many other celebrations, and this recipe is very timely. I am going to try it as soon as possible. I always use almond flavoring in my butter cream frosting and my daughter just loves it. Thanks so much for this timely HUB. Voted up and useful.

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