Spiced Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream

Surprise! There's a cayenne kick hiding in these fudgy brownie cupcakes smothered in a delightful caramel and whipped cream frosting.

  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 1 hr 30 min
  • ingredients 13
  • servings 18

Ingredients

1
box (18.4 oz) Pillsbury® Family Size Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix
2/3
cup Crisco® Pure Canola Oil
1/4
cup water
1
teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4
teaspoon cayenne pepper
3
eggs
2 1/2
teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4
cup granulated sugar
3/4
cup butter, softened
3/4
cup caramel syrup
3
cups powdered sugar
1/4
cup heavy whipped cream, if desired*
18
Hershey's® Mini Kisses® milk chocolates
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 18 regular-size muffin cups. In large bowl, stir brownie mix, oil, water, vanilla, cayenne and eggs 50 strokes with spoon. Divide batter evenly among cups. In small bowl, mix 2 teaspoons of the cinnamon and granulated sugar. Sprinkle evenly over batter in cups.
  • 2 Bake 17 to 23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 3 In large bowl, beat butter, 1/2 cup of the caramel syrup and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Beat in powdered sugar until smooth. *For softer frosting, add whipping cream 1 tablespoon at a time for desired spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes; drizzle each with scant teaspoon caramel syrup. Top each cupcake with 1 milk chocolate candy. Store covered in refrigerator.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    300
    (
    Calories from Fat
    150),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    17g
    17%
    (Saturated Fat
    6g,
    6%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    50mg
    50%;
    Sodium
    120mg
    120%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    34g
    34%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    24g
    24%
    ),
    Protein
    1g
    1%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    6%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    0%;
    Iron
    0%;
    Exchanges:
    1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    2
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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