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These are impressive bombs. You put them on the table and BOOM! Everyone is instantly impressed.

With piles of delicious buttercream, and loads of Halloween candy, you can’t go wrong. Make them ahead too! This meringue buttercream holds really well.

Candy Cupcakes

*One little hint: if you’re not a huge frosting fan, first, don’t tell anyone ’cause you’re crazy, then, top each cupcake with half of a donut hole, and frost over the top. It will create the giant mound that will hold the candy, without the solid frosting situation.

5 from 2 votes
Crazy For Candy Cupcakes
Work Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
 
Bake these in black cupcake liners for a spooky look.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candy, cupcakes, halloween
Yield: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 260 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 recipe Meringue Buttercream
  • Orange gel paste food coloring
  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate melted and cooled
  • 24 prepared chocolate cupcakes
  • 3 cups candy corn pieces
  • 6 cups malted milk balls
Instructions
  1. Tint half of the buttercream orange. Stir melted chocolate into the rest of the buttercream until incorporated.
  2. Use a ¼-cup spring-loaded cookie scoop to place a small mound of buttercream on each of the cupcakes. (If you don't have a scoop, mound and smooth ¼ cup buttercream on each cupcake.) Decorate the orange-frosted cupcakes with candy corn, placing candy very close together. Use Malted milk balls to decorate the chocolate frosted cupcakes. Chill cupcakes in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Recipe Notes

One little hint: if you're not a huge frosting fan, first, don't tell anyone 'cause you're crazy, then, top each cupcake with half of a donut hole, and frost over the top. It will create the giant mound that will hold the candy, without the solid frosting situation.

Nutrition Facts
Crazy For Candy Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 199mg 8%
Potassium 67mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Sugars 35g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.5%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 5.9%
Iron 5.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipes by Tara Bench
Original published in Ladies’ Home Journal, Oct 2013
Photography William Brinson
Prop Styling Michelle Wong
Food Styling Christine Albano

 

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