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Candy Cane Oreo Cupcakes

Rich chocolate cake baked with chunks of holiday OREO cookies topped with whipped peppermint buttercream loaded with candy cane chunks makes my Dairy Queen Blizzard inspired Candy Cane Oreo Cupcakes the perfect holiday treat!

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No, I didn’t get paid to make these cupcakes.  Instead, inspiration hit me at a time in my life when I thought baking wasn’t a passion anymore… that I was burnt out on cupcakes.

Last week, my family and I were watching TV and a DQ commercial for candy cane oreo Blizzards came on and I said WOAH that sounds delish.  No naturally we went to DQ to try them and of course they were delicious.

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I had not felt inspiration to bake something new in 10 months.  This feeling was strangely familiar but it somehow felt different, but I knew I had to see it through to the end.

So, I went to the grocery store, bought all the supplies (can you believe that the candy canes were hard to find?!!) and scheduled a day to bake.

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The DQ Blizzard has big chunks of candy cane and OREO in it, so I knew I wanted my Candy Cane Oreo Cupcake to have the same.  I started with my dark chocolate cake recipe and filled it with pieces of OREO.

Next, my traditional whipped buttercream got kicked up a notch by adding peppermint extract and tons of crushed candy canes to it.

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I couldn’t decide how I wanted to garnish these cupcakes, so I did it a few different ways.  All of the sides were lined with crushed candy canes and some were topped with an OREO chunk, crumbles or a candy cane.

The peppermint chocolate combination is one of my favorites for the holiday season and these cupcakes do not disappoint!

Happy Holidays!

Candy Cane Oreo Cupcakes

Candy Cane Oreo Cupcakes

Yield: 16 cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

Ingredients

Chocolate OREO Cupcakes

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup brewed coffee
  • ½ Tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 12 OREO cookies, crushed into chunks

Candy Cane Buttercream

  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 18 mini candy canes
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes, for decorating
  • OREO cookie pieces, for decorating

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the coffee, espresso powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Add the chunked OREOS and toss to coat. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream and eggs. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  6. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Buttercream

  1. Crush candy canes in a food processor until they are very fine, small pieces. Divide in half.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, mix the butter until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add half the sugar and mix until combined. Add the remaining sugar and mix until incorporated.
  4. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the peppermint extract and half the cream. Mix until combined.
  5. Add the remaining cream until you reach your desired consistency. Less cream for stiffer frosting, more cream for softer.
  6. Mix on high speed for 3-5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  7. Using a large round piping tip fitted on a piping bag, pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  8. Press crushed candy cane pieces onto the side of each cupcake.
  9. Top with an OREO or candy cane piece or however else you want to decorate it!
  10. Eat and enjoy!

 

Deluxe Butterfinger Cupcakes - Rich chocolate cake filled with creamy chocolate ganache topped with decadent peanut butter Butterfinger buttercream and a chocolate Butterfinger candy. A Butterfinger lovers dream! | JavaCupcake.com

Deluxe Butterfinger Cupcakes

Rich chocolate cake filled with creamy chocolate ganache topped with decadent peanut butter Butterfinger buttercream and a chocolate Butterfinger candy make these Deluxe Butterfinger Cupcakes a Butterfinger lovers dream!

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Inspiration for new cupcakes flavors and combinations comes from unexpected places.  These Deluxe Butterfinger Cupcakes were born when my daughter’s music teacher reached out and asked if I’d make something for his wife’s birthday.  He told me that his wife absolutely loves Butterfinger candy bars and asked if I could make something like the Butterfinger ice cream cake he saw on my blog.

An ice cream cake might be a bit difficult for my daughter to transport to school with her, so we agreed on a cupcake version!

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These deluxe Butterfinger cupcakes started with my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe that I use every time I make chocolate cake or cupcakes.  It bakes up perfectly every time I use it.

Filling these cupcakes are a creamy, rich chocolate ganache that just oozes out of the center of the cupcake when you take a bite into it.

Topping the cupcake is my perfect peanut butter buttercream with the addition of chopped Butterfinger candy bars and a mini Butterfinger on top.

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Butterfinger cupcake perfection.

Enjoy!

Deluxe Butterfinger Cupcakes

Deluxe Butterfinger Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen cucpakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 19 minutes
Total Time: 49 minutes

Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 1 Tbsp espresso powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Ganache Filling

  • 200g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 200g heavy cream

Peanut Butter Butterfinger Frosting

  • 3 regular size Butterfinger bars
  • 24 mini Butterfingers (these come in a bag unwrapped)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 heaping cup creamy peanut butter (I use JIF)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the coffee, espresso powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream and eggs. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  6. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Ganache Filling

  1. Chop chocolate into small pieces and place in a small glass bowl.
  2. Heat the heavy cream in a small sauce pan until just simmering.
  3. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let sit for about 3 minutes.
  4. Stir slowly until all the chocolate has melted.
  5. Allow the ganache to almost cool completely to room temperature before piping into the cupcakes.

Peanut Butter Butterfinger Buttercream

  1. In your food processor set to high, crush the 3 Butterfinger bars until they are in very fine pieces.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the peanut butter and butter for 2-3 minutes. You want the color to lighten by a few shades.
  3. Add the powdered sugar, scrape the sides of the bowl and mix until combined.
  4. Pour in the heavy cream and beat until smooth. Scrape the bowl again.
  5. Mix in the salt.
  6. Beat on high for 3-4 minutes or until the buttercream has become light and fluffy.
  7. Add the crushed Butterfingers and mix until combined.

Assembly

  1. Fit a piping bag with a Wilton #230 bismarck piping tip and fill with ganache.
  2. Press the piping tip into the center of each cupcake and fill the cupcake with ganache.
  3. Using a large round piping tip fitted on a piping bag filled with buttercream, pipe large swirls of frosting on the top of each cupcake.
  4. Garnish with a mini Butterfinger candy bar.

 

Conversation Heart Cupcakes

I know, I know… Valentine’s Day is over.  But really, how many of us still have a box or two of conversation hearts in our house?  I know I do.  And really, I don’t know if I could stand to eat one more of them!  So, why not take inspiration from those little heart shaped candies and make some sweet Conversation Heart Cupcakes?

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I’ve wanted to try a “surprise inside” cupcake ever since I got i am bakers book “Surprise Inside Cakes”.  The entire process seemed so simple that I thought I could surely create a heart surprise in a cupcake!

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I used the basic white cake recipe from i am baker, which you can find in her book.   I tinted some of the frosting pink and baked it thing in a large pan.  Once it was cool, I used a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut heart cake shapes out to put inside of the cupcakes.

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I wasn’t sure if these hearts would dry out when I baked them a second time, but I am happy to report that they were as moist as the white cake!  Each bite of these conversation heart cupcakes provides a surprise inside heart.  Fun, huh?

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So if you’ve got some extra conversation hearts in your house, whip up a batch of these cupcakes.  They don’t have to be all pink and girlie either, they can be in any fun color you want… just like mine!

Conversation Heart Cupcakes

Conversation Heart Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (clear is best)
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 5 large egg whites, room temperature
  • pink gel food coloring
  • heart cookie cutter

Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • purple & green gel food coloring
  • Conversation hearts
  • purple & green sugar crystals

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a 9x13 cake pan with parchment paper, grease and flour.
  2. Sift together the cake flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. In a measuring cup combine the milk and extracts.
  5. Add about a third of the flour mixture to the butter/sugar and mix until just combined. Then, add half the liquid and mix in slowly. Repeat with the next third of the flour mixture and half of the liquid. Finally, add the remaining flour and mix until no more lumps of flour remain.
  6. Pour the batter into a large bowl and clean out your mixer bowl making sure it is completely clean and dry.
  7. In the bowl of your mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the batter and continue folding until combined. Be careful not to deflate the egg whites too much or to over mix the batter.
  8. Remove about 1/3 of the batter to another bowl and add the pink food coloring, mixing very gently until uniform in color.
  9. Spread the pink batter evenly into the prepared 9x13 pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until firm to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once the pink cake has cooled, use a small heart cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes.
  11. Line your cupcake pans with liners. I used fun heart liners to continue the theme.
  12. Place about 1 Tbsp of white batter in the bottom of the liner then place a cake heart standing up into the batter. Spoon white batter around the heart until it's almost completely covered. Repeat until all the batter and hearts are gone.
  13. Bake each pan at 350F degrees for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the white batter. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of your mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, salt, half the cream and extract and mix until combined.
  2. Add the remaining cream and beat on high for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Remove about 1/4 of the buttercream and tint green. Color the remaining buttercream purple.
  4. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large round tip with the purple buttercream. Pipe a swirl of frosting onto each cupcake then sprinkle with purple sugar crystals.
  5. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large open star, multi-pronged tip with the green buttercream. Squeeze a dollop of frosting onto the purple buttercream on each cupcake. Top with green sugar crystals and a conversation heart candy.

Notes

Cake recipe from i am baker.

 

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Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes

Red velvet cinnamon and chili cupcakes infused with Red Hots syrup topped with Red Hots buttercream make these Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes a spicy, sweet treat perfect for Valentine’s Day… or any day!

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I haven’t made a cupcake in a while… so I wanted to make something that I had never done before! And since it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought why not make it a themed cupcake… Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes!

Red Hots or Cinnamon Imperials candies are the prefect little spicy red candy to decorate cupcakes or cookies with but often times are used only at Christmas.  I know I’ve used them for years to decorate our holiday cookies with.  But since they’re red in color, I knew they’d be a great addition to any Valentine dessert!

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I didn’t just want to toss the candies into the batter and call it good… I wanted really get the spicy flavor of the candies into the cake.  So, I made a simple syrup out of the cinnamon candies and drizzled it over the cupcakes.  This way the spicy flavor would soak into the cupcake and would be a prominent flavor! I also used that same syrup in the buttercream frosting and added a bit of chili powder for more of a spicy kick!

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These are some seriously unique cupcakes.  And they definitely aren’t for the faint of heart… they’ve got a kick with all the chili powder and cinnamon red hots in them!

If you’re looking for something unique and different, then these are the cupcakes for you.  Flavor wise, they truly are one of the most different cupcakes I’ve ever made.  They aren’t really chocolate… they aren’t really red velvet… they pack a punch of spice and there’s this syrup glaze on top that leaves your mouth going WOOOAAAAAH!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Enjoy!

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Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes

Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes

Yield: 18 cupcakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 48 minutes

Ingredients

Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 oz liquid red food coloring
  • 1 cup milk + 2 tsp vinegar (let sit for 5 minutes before using)

Red Hot Syrup

  • 1 cup cinnamon imperials or Red Hots candies
  • 1/2 cup water

Red Hot Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2lbs powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup Red Hots syrup
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, chili powder and cinnamon.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar and vegetable oil.
  4. One at a time, add the eggs and whisk together until smooth.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the vanilla extract, red food coloring and cocoa powder until it makes a paste. Add this to the batter and whisk until completely combined.
  6. Mix in the milk and whisk until incorporated.
  7. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the wet. Using a spoon or rubber spatula, fold/stir gently until no more flour is visible, but not completely mixed. Do not overmix!
  8. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full with batter.
  9. Bake for 17-19 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Red Hot Syrup

  1. In a small sauce pan, bring the water and candies to a boil, stirring constantly until all the candies have dissolved.
  2. Reduce to low-medium heat and simmer until the syrup has reduced and is thick.

Red Hot Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream butter until smooth.
  2. Add half the powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  3. Add the chili powder, salt, and Red Hots syrup and beat until incorporated.
  4. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  5. Start with 1/4 cup of heavy cream and mix until combined. Add up to 1/4 cup (or more) until you reach your desired consistency.
  6. Beat buttercream on high for 2 minutes.

Assembly

  1. After cupcakes have cooled, pokes several holes in the top of each cupcake with a toothpick.
  2. Spoon over a few teaspoons of Red Hots syrup on the top of each cupcake allowing the syrup to soak into the cake and holes.
  3. Pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  4. Top with a Red Hots candy.

Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Cupcakes

These peanut butter monster cookie cupcakes are chalked full of peanut butter, chocolate and candy!  It’s a monster cookie… no, it’s a cupcake!

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I was craving something today, but  I wasn’t sure quite what it was.  I got on Pinterest and started browsing around some food boards and came across the “Monster Cookie.”

On Pinterest, the monster cookie comes in many different shapes and sizes, colors and flavors and it was very unclear to me what exactly makes up one of these cookies.

So, I took to Facebook and asked you.  Here’s what some of you said:

  • Christy B: “…quick oats, m&ms, mini chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and peanut butter.”
  • Melanie K: ” I make my Monster cookies with quick oats, M&M’s, chocolate chips and peanut butter. I only make them at Christmas but they are my husbands favorite cookies.”
  • Cindy J: “Everywhere I’ve worked it’s something different 1) a giant sized cookie 2) a cookie with lots of ingredients: chocolate chips,or m&m’s nuts, raisins, oatmeal or 3) 2 m&m cookies with buttercream filling and buttercream googly eyes on top.”
  • Roxana B: “Well the monster cookie recipe we use has oats, chocolate chips, and mini m&m’s in it.”
  • Darla B: “The size and the large amount of goodies in it” is what makes it a Monster cookie.

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Okay… so peanut butter, M&M’s chocolate chips, oatmeal.  Those seem pretty standard in a monster cookie… anything else you add… well, those are just a bonus.   So, I decided to take those components and transform them into a cupcake.  These Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Cupcakes are super sweet, loaded with peanut butter and chocolate and extremely delicious! This cupcake is sure to cure your peanut butter or your monster cookie craving!

This cupcake is a peanut butter cake filled with chocolate toffee bits, chocolate chips and M&Ms. It’s then topped with a peanut butter cookie dough frosting that is also full of toffee bits,  mini chocolate chips and even more M&Ms!  It’s sweet, it’s crunchy, it’s full of candy and it’s SO GOOD!

If you love Monster Cookies – you’ll LOVE this cupcake!

Enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Cupcakes

Yield: 12-16 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These peanut butter monster cookie cupcakes are chalked full of peanut butter, chocolate and candy! It’s a monster cookie… no, it’s a cupcake!

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Cupcakes

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup Hershey's Chocolate & Toffee Bits
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms - plus more for garnish

Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Frosting

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4-1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Hershey's chocolate & toffee bits
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms - plus more for garnish

Instructions

Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a measuring cup that pours, measure the milk and vanilla. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, peanut butter and sugar together on high for at least 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  5. Add the eggs and mix on high until light and fluffy.
  6. Slowly add 1/2 the flour and mix only until incorporated.
  7. Add the milk and mix. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  8. Add the remaining flour and mix only until incorporated. Scrape the sides and hand mix any remaining flour that needs incorporating.
  9. Fold in the chocolate & toffee bits, chocolate chips and M&Ms.
  10. Fill liners at least 3/4 full. Press 3-5 M&Ms onto the top of the batter in each cup.
  11. Bake for 18-22 minutes. Rotate pan after 10 minutes and reduce heat to 325 degrees F.
  12. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Frosting

  1. Cream together the peanut butter and butter in the bowl of your stand mixer.
  2. Add the brown sugar and beat until incorporated.
  3. One cup at a time, mix in the powdered sugar and flour.
  4. Add the vanilla, salt and 1/4 cup of heavy cream. Mix until smooth.
  5. Add up to 1/4 cup more of heavy cream until you reach your desired consistency. Beat on high for 3-4 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  6. Mix in the candies.
  7. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop dollops of frosting onto the top of each cupcake. Press a few M&Ms onto the top as garnish.

Peanut Butter M&M Chocolate Cupcakes

Peanut Butter M&M Chocolate Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.comThese cupcakes came together on a whim this morning.  I was making the chocolate cake layer for an upcoming cake project and had extra batter so I made 10 chocolate cupcakes.   About a week ago I bought a bag of Peanut Butter M&M (under the influence of PMS HAHA!) and thought that they’d make an excellent addition to a peanut butter filling for chocolate cupcakes.  But… as I was whipping up the filling I realized that what I was making would make an even better frosting! So these Peanut Butter M&M Chocolate Cupcakes were born!

You can use any chocolate cupcake recipe you want for these.  Heck, use a box mix.  Cause let’s be honest here… it’s the frosting that’s the highlight of these cupcakes.  Giant mound of peanut buttery, chunky candy goodness.  I even used crunchy peanut butter for this frosting to add a little texture to each bite!

Yummmmmm-o!

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Peanut Butter M&M Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Use this recipe ! It makes 2-3 dozen cupcakes so either HALF this recipe of DOUBLE the frosting recipe.

Peanut Butter M&M Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 heaping cup crunchy peanut butter (I used JIF)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter M&M's
  • 1/4 cup Peanut Butter M&M's for garnish

Instructions

  1. Prepare your chocolate cupcakes and allow to cool completely before frosting.
  2. Using a food processor, crush 1/2 cup of M&Ms until they are broken into very fine pieces. Remove from food processor and set aside. Repeat with 1/4 cup of M&M's and set aside for garnish.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, using your hand mixer on high, cream together the peanut butter and butter.
  4. Add half the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Mix in the vanilla, salt, and milk.
  5. Add the remaining powdered sugar and combine until incorporated. Turn your mixer to high and whip for 1-2 minutes until the frosting lightens in color and becomes fluffy.
  6. Add the 1/2 cup crushed M&Ms and mix until incorporated.
  7. Using an open star tip, pipe frosting onto each cupcake. Sprinkle more crushed M&Ms on top and garnish with a single M&M in the center of the frosting.
  8. Eat and enjoy!
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