Chocolate Candy Cupcakes

Solve your sweet-tooth cravings with these treats. Both the rich cake and the creamy frosting are flavored with bits of candy bar.

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  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 1 hr 40 min
  • ingredients 17
  • servings 18
 

Ingredients

Cupcakes

2
packages (3 oz each) cream cheese, softened
2
tablespoons powdered sugar
1
egg
2
chocolate-covered nougat, caramel and peanut candy bars (2.07 oz each), unwrapped, finely chopped
1 1/2
cups all-purpose flour
1
cup granulated sugar
1/3
cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
cup buttermilk*
1/3
cup vegetable oil
1
teaspoon vanilla

Frosting

1/3
cup packed brown sugar
1/3
cup butter or margarine
3
tablespoons milk
1 1/2
cups powdered sugar
1
chocolate-covered nougat, caramel and peanut candy bar (2.07 oz), unwrapped, finely chopped, if desired

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  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups in each of 18 regular-size muffin cups. In small bowl, beat cream cheese, 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and the egg with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. With spoon, stir in 2 chopped candy bars; set aside.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add buttermilk, oil and vanilla; beat 2 minutes with mixer on medium speed. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each half full. Spoon 1 tablespoon cream cheese mixture in center of batter in each cup.
  • 3 Bake 23 to 30 minutes or until cream cheese mixture is light golden brown. Cool in pans 15 minutes. (Cupcakes will sink slightly in center.) Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4 Meanwhile, in 1 1/2-quart saucepan, cook brown sugar and butter over medium heat just until mixture boils, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in milk. Cool 30 minutes. With spoon, beat 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar into brown sugar mixture until spreading consistency, adding 1 tablespoon additional powdered sugar at a time if necessary.
  • 5 Frost cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with chopped candy bar.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups in each of 18 regular-size muffin cups. In small bowl, beat cream cheese, 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and the egg with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. With spoon, stir in 2 chopped candy bars; set aside.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add buttermilk, oil and vanilla; beat 2 minutes with mixer on medium speed. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each half full. Spoon 1 tablespoon cream cheese mixture in center of batter in each cup.
  • 3 Bake 23 to 30 minutes or until cream cheese mixture is light golden brown. Cool in pans 15 minutes. (Cupcakes will sink slightly in center.) Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4 Meanwhile, in 1 1/2-quart saucepan, cook brown sugar and butter over medium heat just until mixture boils, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in milk. Cool 30 minutes. With spoon, beat 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar into brown sugar mixture until spreading consistency, adding 1 tablespoon additional powdered sugar at a time if necessary.
  • 5 Frost cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with chopped candy bar.

EXPERT TIPS

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*To substitute for buttermilk, use 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice plus milk to make 1 cup.

Make the cupcakes up to 6 hours in advance, then frost when you have time.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
Calories
290
(
Calories from Fat
120),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
13%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
35mg
35%;
Sodium
220mg
220%;
Total Carbohydrate
40g
40%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
30g
30%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.