Halloween is one week away and you know what that means ----
I am already trying to put up my best defenses against the sugar bomb that will inevitably explode on my living room floor next Friday night around 10:00.
The thought of Snickers Bars and Hershey Bars and Twix bars is already got me craving chocolate. Isn't it a moms prerogative to share in the bounty that comes home in the trick or treat bag? (Don't judge me - you know you do it too.)
This year I have a plan though. I am going to turn that yummy candy into cupcakes. (That makes it better, right?)
For the Cake:
2½ cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup + 1 tablespoon Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons salt
3 eggs, at room temperature
1½ cups buttermilk, at room temperature
1½ cups strong black coffee, hot
¾ cup vegetable oil
4½ teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Nougat Filling:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup evaporated milk
1½ cups marshmallow fluff
¼ cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups salted peanuts, roughly chopped
Cut a hole in the center of each cooled cupcake.
Stir in chopped peanuts.
Fill each cupcake hole with nougat filling.
Top each filled cupcake with caramel buttercream.
Drizzle with chocolate sauce.
What's better than eating a snickers bar on Halloween night? Eating a snickers cupcake the next day. :)
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