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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Out Of This World Milky Way Bar Cupcakes!

Baking is meant to be fun. You shouldn't be afraid of it.
It should be all about combining your favorite things in the world..and then eating them.
Or sharing them if you can get them out your door first without eating them.

Which is why I think it is really fun to melt candy bars, and pour other delicious things into basic buttercream frosting.  In this case, the cupcakes I call "Out Of This World" cupcakes. 


 I make a basic chocolate cupcake and this is what it ends up looking like in the end.

I fill the inside of the chocolate cupcake with chocolate ganache. And if you eat it while it is warm, this is what it looks like. ♥

 Are you ready for what is in the frosting?  Melted Milky Way Candy Bars.  Caramel.  And Spoonfuls of Chocolate Ganache. I even add some of the chocolate ganache to the edges of the cupcake liners sometimes because it looks pretty.

Instead of keeping the candy bars all neat, sometimes I tear them apart to expose the caramel beauty inside. I also add gold or silver edible glitter to accentuate that whole "space rock" look. But this is an edible space rock!


Out of This World Cupcake Recipe, because I want to share the fun with you:
Recipe Adapted From:  BruCrew Life. Thank you for the inspiration!

Chocolate Cupcakes from Scratch:
2 1/4 Cups Flour
1 1/2 Cups Fine Baking Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder (I like Hersheys)
3/4 Cup Oil
1 1/2 Cups Warm Water
1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 Tablespoons Vinegar (in place of the eggs)

1.  Preheat oven to 325 and line cupcake tin with cupcake liners. (this recipe makes appx 18-24 cupcakes).
2.  Set aside a medium mixing bowl to whisk dry ingredients together (flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder).
3.  Set aside a second medium mixing bowl of your liquid ingredients-water, vanilla extract, and vinegar.
4. In stand cream the oil & sugar together.
5. Gradually alternate the addition of dry & liquid ingredients to your creamed mixture and scrape down bowl in between mixing to make sure all ingredients are evenly blended.
6. Using an ice cream scoop, fill cupcake liners a little over 1/2 full and bake for 18-22 minutes at 325 or until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean.

Chocolate Ganache Recipe:
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream.

In a saucepan on the stove, bring Heavy Whipping Cream to an almost boil.
As soon as it starts to boil, remove from heat and add 1 Cup Chocolate Chips.
Stir Until the Chocolate Chips are completely melted and you have a shiny glaze. ♥
You can add this Chocolate Ganache to the inside of the cupcakes for a delicious surprise with a cupcake corer.

Magical Idea:  Stick a mini Milky Way Bar inside of your chocolate cupcake right when you take it out of the oven (while it is still hot).  The candy bar will melt right into the cupcake, making it seem like you baked the candy bar inside of the cupcake!

What you have all been waiting for..The Out of This World Frosting Recipe!

For the Buttercream Frosting:
Optional:  8 oz of Marshmallow Fluff as your base.
8 oz of unsweetened butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 Cup Mrs Richardsons Caramel (you can buy this sauce in the ice cream aisle at grocery stores).
2 T milk
appx 6-8 Cups of Confectioners Sugar

To add to the Buttercream Frosting:
8 mini Milky Way Bars, cut into small squares/pieces
2 Tablespoons of unsweetened butter
2 Tablespoons of Chocolate Ganache

You will also need: A stove and a saucepan.

Instructions for Frosting:
1. In your Kitchen Aid mixer, beat your Marshmallow Fluff, Butter, Vanilla, Salt, Caramel, and Milk together. 
2. Add powdered sugar until it is the thickness that you like.
3. Take out your saucepan and throw your milky way squares and 2 Tablespoons of butter inside over medium heat.
4.  Stir constantly until it is a goopy caramel-y chocolate naughty yummy hot mess. 
5.  Remove from the heat as soon as it is melted-you don't want it to burn.
6.  Whip in to your buttercream frosting.  Your buttercream will turn brown and caramel-esque.
7.  Your frosting is almost done.  You may or may not need to add some more powdered sugar to thicken your frosting (to make up for the fact that you added gooey amazingness to it)! Just remember: You want your frosting to be thick enough to pipe into beautiful dreamy "out of this world" swirls. I use a 1A Piping Tip to achieve the look you see pictured here.
8.  One last thing I add while I am decorating:  a few random spoonfuls of slightly cooled chocolate ganache. Don't mix completely into the frosting. Just throw spoonfuls of it into your pastry bag along with the Milky Way frosting..and it will come out as a chocolate ganache swirl... like this:


The chocolate ganache in the frosting really makes the cupcakes look Out Of This World. ♥

4 comments:

  1. Thank you so very much. Yours looks amazing as well!

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  2. O..M..G..these look fabulous! I am going to the store to get Milky Ways right now..

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  3. How much frosting does this make (if you remember)? It looks incredible.

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