|Still waters run deep.|
Well, Halloween and all...there's lots of candy on top of my dish cabinet - but this isn't going to help you get rid of that. There is not a thing in the world wrong with cutting up candy bars and putting them into cupcakes...that's delicious and a good use of inventory. But, I wondered, as with the twix cupcakes - what if you could actually turn an established product (like a Snickers bar) into a cupcake? Well, why not?
I borrowed most of the components of this from other sources - I try to come up with recipes in my head, but frankly, I had no idea how to make nougat (I think my first thought was, "What IS nougat, anyway?") and was surprised at the answer. Nougat isn't hard to do at all. You just need to be able to pay attention and use a candy thermometer.
Put the children down for a nap, is what I'm saying.
The recipe I used made a LOT of nougat and caramel, so I went ahead and turned the leftovers into actual candy bars, as the author intended. But I figured that since I was going for the actual bar inside the cupcake, that was fine and dandy.
And these did turn out well! Just like hiding a Snickers in a cupcake, but the flavors were so much better (ever hear anyone talking about a fresh vs. a stale candy bar? Here you go. Fresh.) and, to steal some more...Snickers really satisfies you. Especially in cupcake form. Heh. The subtlety of the caramel in the chocolate frosting really worked here too, and the dark chocolate cake played its own role but didn't try to upstage anyone. A good team effort all around.
This was admittedly a long process, so if I were to do it again, I'd probably make the cupcakes and frosting one day and the filling the next. But I did do it all in one day, with lots of time to wander off and do other things (but not during the candy making! Let me make myself clear about that - do not cook sugar on the stovetop and then leave it. Facebook can wait. Harvest your crops before you start this.
This made 21 cupcakes and about 18 smallish candy bars. I think I hear my dentist calling. I am fairly certain I will hear from my mother about this, too.
Make the cupcakes first and let cool while you prepare the filling:
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 cup dark cocoa powder
- 1 cup hot coffee
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Line 21 standard-sized muffin cups with baking liners.
Combine the chocolate and cocoa in a medium mixing bowl and pour hot coffee over. Let sit until chocolate is melted. Stir to combine; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. To chocolate mixture add vinegar, oil, eggs, and vanilla; mix well with fork to combine. Pour over flour mixture and stir well.
Pour the batter into the lined muffin tin (filling about 3/4 full). Bake at 350 for 15 - 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool for about 10 minutes in pan and then cool completely on a wire rack.
Cut out the center of each cupcake, using a large knife. Make the hole as large as you want to stuff the filling in. You will not be keeping the tops for this one, try one to test the flavor, then discard the rest or put to another use (cake pops? ).
|Look at that filling!|
- 2 cups light corn syrup, divided
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 cups sugar, divided
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups roasted peanuts, chopped (I used unsalted)
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
Line a square pyrex pan with aluminum foil, and grease the foil well. Set aside.
Place 1 cup of corn syrup, the water, and 1 1/2 cups of sugar into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved, and insert a candy thermometer. Continue to boil the syrup until it reaches 246 degrees.
While the sugar syrup boils, place the egg white in the bowl of a large stand mixer. Whip the white on high speed until it forms stiff peaks. Stop the mixer once stiff peaks form so that the egg whites are not overbeaten and crumbly.
Once the sugar syrup has reached 246 degrees, remove it from the heat. Turn the mixer to high and, with the mixer running, slowly pour in the sugar syrup in a thin stream. Whip the whites for two minutes until it is well-mixed but still thin.
Add the peanut butter and vanilla, and turn on the mixer briefly to incorporate the ingredients. Once the nougat is mixed and homogenous, pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Let cool until you can handle it easily (but don't let it get too firm if you can help it, and for goodness' sake don't put it in the refrigerator...yet!)
Once the candy has reached the proper temperature, remove it from the heat and immediately stir in the peanuts. Using a rubber spatula, scrape the mixture into a large bowl and let it cool enough until it is still warm but won't burn you (about 5 - 10 minutes).
Scrape out about a teaspoon of nougat filling and press it into a disk with your fingers - drop it into the bottom of the hollowed-out cupcake. Repeat until all the cupcakes have nougat. Then, spoon in enough caramel-peanut mixture to fill to the top of the cupcake. Don't worry if the caramel mounds up a little; it's all going to be covered with frosting anyway. Place the cupcakes into the refrigerator to chill.
Before you do anything else, smooth the remaining nougat to mostly cover the pan that it's been cooling in. Spread the remaining caramel over the top of the nougat, and then remove to the refrigerator to deal with it later (see, you're getting candy bars out of this, too).
For frosting - sneaked from epicurious
- 23 ounces imported milk chocolate chips (2 11.5-ounce packages)
- 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 1/4 cups whipping cream
- 21 mini snickers bars, halved diagonally