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.

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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