Spiced Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream

Lori Falce, Osceola Mills, PA, Bake-Off® Contest 45, 2012 Finalist

Spiced Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream

Tags: Cupcakes, Dessert/Sweets

  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 23 min
  • Ready Time: 90 min
  • Yield: 18 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.4 oz) box Pillsbury® Family Size Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix
  • 2/3 cup Crisco® Pure Canola Oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Cayenne Pepper
  • 3 LAND O LAKES® Eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup Hershey’s® caramel syrup
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipped cream* (optional)
  • 18 Hershey's® Mini Kisses® milk chocolates

Preparation Directions

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 18 regular-size muffin cups. In large bowl, stir brownie mix, oil, water, vanilla, cayenne and eggs 50 strokes with spoon. Divide batter evenly among cups. In small bowl, mix 2 teaspoons of the cinnamon and granulated sugar. Sprinkle evenly over batter in cups.
  • Bake 17 to 23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • In large bowl, beat butter, 1/2 cup of the caramel syrup and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Beat in powdered sugar until smooth. *For softer frosting, add whipping cream 1 tablespoon at a time for desired spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes; drizzle each with scant teaspoon caramel syrup. Top each cupcake with 1 milk chocolate candy. Store covered in refrigerator.

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Nutritional Information Per Serving

Serving Size (1 cupcake of 18), Calories 410 (Calories from Fat 160), Total Fat 19g (Saturated Fat 7g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 60mg, Sodium 200mg, Total Carbohydrate 59g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 48g), Protein 3g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 8%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 2%, Iron 6%.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.