Thursday, June 23, 2011

Cake #21 Chocolate Buttermilk Candy Filled Cupcakes - By Brayden

My son Brayden is helping with today's post. You see, something went very, very wrong in my back and I've been stuck, lying flat since Monday morning. The doctors have me on a handful of things, including Prednisone, in hopes of driving off the rampaging barbarian hordes that are ransacking my spinal column.

So far not so good.

Knowing I've been working hard to keep up with the 52 Cakes Project, my youngest whipped up a recipe and tutorial for everyone. He's a really neat person and to him I offer my most sincere thanks. So without further preamble - here's Brayden.

Chocolate Buttermilk Candy-Filled Cupcakes


1 box Devils Food or Chocolate Cake Mix
1 cup buttermilk (to replace the water on the box)
Vegetable Oil (the amount on the box. We use 1/2 oil, 1/2 applesauce. Mom buys the individual serving size ones just for baking)
4 eggs (in place of the number on the box)

Mix together well.

Spoon half the batter into a large ziploc bag, snip off end and fill cupcake pans.

Fill 1/2 of the pans 2/3 of the way full and half 1/3 way through. For the 1/3 full ones, drop in a mini candy bar (Milky Way, Snickers etc) and then cover with batter.

Tip: Not everyone likes candy in their cupcake or the added calories so color code your cupcake liners so people know what they're getting. Like this:

Red are filled, green are plain.

Bake as directed. The buttermilk makes the cupcakes really moist and delicious.

Simple Frosting:

2 sticks of butter
4 cups icing sugar
Fat-free half 'n' half, cream, milk, coffee creamer, coffee - something wet as needed.
extracts: vanilla, butter extract, mint, almond etc.

Put butter in the mixer and beat until fluffy

Add icing sugar a little at a time until all combined

Beat until really, really light and fluffy

It'll be delicious but really stiff. So you need to add a little liquid until the consistency is spreadable. Add your extracts. I used vanilla and butter extract.

Spread on your cupcake

(It's hard to spread and take pictures. You should see all the icing on the camera!)

Top with chopped candy bars.

Mom and my brothers said some of my ideas look like they'd been handled too much - like this one, where I decorated with the chocolate off of chocolate bars. 

And you're done, so get someone to take pictures of you and your dessert. Avery and Trenton took these:

Thanks, Brayden. You're a great kid and your cupcakes were delicious.


Alex said...

oo- I love the one with the choc bits on the top! Great idea and leaving some without the candy in them but color coding the liners, BRILLIANT!!! Great job Brayden! Give you Mom a gentle hug from me please.:)

Kim's Treasures said...

Brayden, you did a great job!!! They look sooo delicious! Hope your mom feels better soon so she can get back to running!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

Brayden did a great job!!!

Girl you take care of yourself!

Cathy said...

Great job Brayden, those look so delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe and pictures.

Mitralee said...

Oh my goodness! I hurt my back right after Christmas and I don't know what was worse, the injury or the medicine! These look great! That banana cake is a distant yummy memory now but I wanted to say thanks for posting it! We had it for father's day breakfast! said...

Such an amazing boy you are Brayden!!!! These cupcakes look amazing!!
Star Hughes Living said...

And I hope you feel better soon Nicole!! So sorry to hear you're bed ridden :(
Star Hughes Living

Elizabeth R. said...

Brayden, I am impressed! Great post!

NIcole, I also made the tres leches banana cake last weekend, YUM!!!

Cheryl Valadez said...

Yummmm!! This looks divine! That icing is calling my! You did a wonderful job, Brayden! Looks like you have a bright future as a pastry check :)

Basement Stamper said...

Brayden, love your recipe you are so sweet for helping your Mom!!! I'm definitely going to be trying this recipe, what a great idea to put the mini candy bars inside.

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

These look awesome! YAY Brayden! I hope my Brayden is as awesome as you when he gets bigger!