Sunday, August 26, 2012

Snickers Cupcakes

Snickers Cupcakes...sinfully delicious :)
Have I told you about Friday Friends Dinners? I'm not sure that I have. Just in case, let me explain them now. About once a month, a group of us get together for dinner on a Friday night at a different restaurant each time. One person plans the dinner and invites all of us on Facebook. I have yet to plan one, but I look forward to it! Well, for the month of May, Nicky had us all over to her apartment building downtown to watch the Padres game from the 14th floor rooftop. Everyone brought a dish to share and we had a phenomenal potluck. It's awesome having friends who can cook well! :)

I was sort of stressing about what to make because it is rare that I have such a captive audience. I knew it had to be easy to eat, from scratch, and appeal to a wide range of people. I searched high and low for the best dessert I could find when I stumbled upon Homemade by Holman. Within this blog, I discovered the incredibly delicious Snickers Cupcakes.
As much as I like to try out new recipes, I get nervous when I'm making new something for an event. What if it doesn't taste good? What if people don't like it? Maybe this fear is why I don't feel like I can sell something I make...but that's a different story. Anyway, I think that I felt comfortable making these cupcakes for the potluck because I trusted the cake recipe. Even if the frosting had been terrible (which it definitely was NOT), my friends would eat a delicious chocolate cake and Snickers pieces. 

Have you ever had caramel buttercream frosting? Well, you have certainly been missing out if you haven't. This recipe pairs one of my favorite chocolate cakes with a frosting that is to die for and then sprinkles one of the all-time best candy bars are on top. I think this is what heaven tastes like.

Snickers Cupcakes
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Caramel sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners. Combine all dry ingredients in the bowl of your mixer.
It is already looking chocolaty!
Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and beat on low until just incorporated.  Increase speed to medium and beat two minutes.  Stir in boiling water, the batter will be thin.

It's thin, but it produces a super moist cupcake!
Transfer batter to prepared pans, filling each liner about 2/3 of the way full, approximately 1/4 cup of batter.
Ready for the oven!!
Bake approximately 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in pans about five minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

No idea why the cupcakes turned out so funky! This has never happened before!
When cool, fill a frosting bag with a 1M tip with caramel sauce. Insert the tip into the cupcake, about halfway into the cupcake and fill with caramel sauce.

I'm a little disappointed in myself that I used store bought caramel sauce, but it was delicious!
Insert the frosting tip straight into the cupcake...
...and stop it when the caramel peeks out!
Caramel Buttercream Frosting
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup caramel sauce
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups (1 lb.) powdered sugar
8 mini Snickers bars or 3 full size Snickers bars, chopped, for garnish

Beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about two minutes.  Add caramel sauce, heavy cream and vanilla and mix to incorporate.
The start of the most delicious frosting ever!
Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating on low speed until incorporated to reach the right consistency.  Increase speed to medium-high and whip about one minute until light and fluffy.
Light, fluffy, and so addicting. :)
Fill a frosting bag and pipe onto cupcakes or frost as desired.
A perfect swirl!
Coarsely chop candy bars and sprinkle over the top of cupcakes.

Candy bars on cupcakes!? Amazing!
Snickers Cupcakes for the win!!!
I hope you enjoyed these incredible cupcakes!!! I know my friends and I certainly did!

<3 Buttercup

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