Halloween Treats: Heavenly Candy Bar Cupcakes

Use up all that candy and make some fabulous Halloween treats.  These yummy cupcakes start with a mixture of melted candy bars and are topped with a chocolate-marshmellow frosting.  Oooh-la-la!

The recipe here is from Southern Living magazine- October 2004.

Ingredients

  • 9 fun-size or 21 mini chocolate-coated caramel and creamy nougat bars
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate-Marshmallow Frosting- recipe included below
  • Garnishes: chopped frozen fun-size chocolate-coated caramel and creamy nougat bars, candy corn

Preparation

  • Melt candy bars and butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat about 5 minutes, stirring until smooth. Set aside.
  • Beat sugar and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer about 3 minutes or until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
  • Combine flour and salt. Stir together buttermilk and baking soda. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture, alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in melted candy bar mixture and vanilla. Place 36 paper baking cups in muffin pans; spoon batter evenly into paper baking cups, filling two-thirds full.
  • Bake at 350° for 18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from pan, and let cool completely on wire racks. Spread cupcakes evenly with Chocolate-Marshmallow Frosting. Garnish, if desired.
  • Note: For testing purposes only, we used Milky Way Bars.
  • Heavenly Candy Bar Cake: Spoon batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch cakepans. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove cakes from pans, and let cool completely on wire rack. Spread half of Chocolate-Marshmallow Frosting evenly between cake layers. Spread remaining frosting evenly over top and sides of cake. Garnish, if desired. Makes 12 servings. Prep: 15 min., Cook: 5 min., Bake: 30 min.

Heavenly Candy Bar Cupcakes Recipe

Chocolate-Marshmallow Frosting

Ingredients

  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, cut up
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preparation

  • Melt first 4 ingredients in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring 5 minutes or until mixture is smooth.
  • Transfer chocolate mixture to a large bowl. Place the bowl into a larger bowl filled with ice and water. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed with an electric mixer. Increase speed to medium-high, and beat 5 minutes or until frosting is cool, thick, and spreadable. Stir in 1 tablespoon vanilla.

Southern Living
OCTOBER 2004

 

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About Jody Thompson

I'm going to blog about my many shopping escapades. Whether it is a used book store, a thrift shop or a consignment shop-- I'm here to tell all about my experiences. When I find great stuff-- I'll let you know. I'm sending good karma to all the thrifty shoppers out there!
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