Watermelon cupcakes

I saw these Watermelon cupcakes in my Google Reader and I thought they were so cute. Like the perfect summery treat. We were going to a cookout last weekend and I immediately thought of these cupcakes. I wanted to be able to pipe the frosting, so I opted not to flavor them with watermelon. I also didn’t think chocolate and watermelon really go together… So I guess mine are just watermelon look-alike cupcakes.

I made the same chocolate chip cupcakes that I made for the 4th of July, but this time I used mini chips and added some pink and red food coloring to the batter. For the frosting, I made my favorite buttercream. I actually made two shades of green that I wanted to swirl together. The swirling didn’t go as planned, so really all you can see is dark green frosting, not the lighter lime green frosting. Everyone enjoyed the summery (looking) cupcakes.
Chocolate Chip cupcakes – adapted from Vanilla cupcakes from Crazy Delicious – original recipe from Martha Stewart – makes 24
1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup mini chocolate chips + 1 Tbsp flour (toss to coat chocolate chips)
Few drops pink and red food coloring

Mix the dry ingredients

Add butter

Whisk eggs, milk and vanilla

Add wet ingredients 1/3 at a time to the dry ingredients

Stir in food coloring and chocolate chips – be sure to coat the chips with flour so they don’t all sink to the bottom while baking

Bake for 17-22 minutes at 325 degrees or until a toothpick comes out clean

Vanilla and Buttercream

2 sticks butter
7 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 cup milk – I used whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Few drops green and yellow food coloring

Beat butter until creamy, scrape bowl

Add 5 cups of sifted powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla, beat until combined. Add food coloring until desired color is reached.

Add more powdered sugar until you get to the consistency you want (not too stiff so that its hard to pipe)

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15 Responses to “Homemade Milky Way Candy Bars”

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    KV — October 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    those look good too. Are homemade butterfingers next? I have a recipe I’m going to try out soon.

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    Jen — October 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Butterfingers would be tasty, but I’ve got something else coming on Friday…

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    amanda @ fake ginger — October 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    OH YUM! I really want to try these but I’m horrible at dipping things too.

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    oneordinaryday — October 21, 2010 at 12:25 am

    This is exactly what my son’s been asking me to do. You’re making it hard to say no – they look perfect!

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    Kimmy Bingham — October 21, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Why do you tempt me so? Milky Ways are my favorites. This is so worth trying 🙂

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    Smitten Sugar — October 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Yum these look delicious! I love Milky ways

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    Eliana — October 21, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Well they look pretty perfect to me! And super delicious too.

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    Kerstin — October 22, 2010 at 4:11 am

    I’m so intrigued by the cool whip/chocolate mixture for the filling! These look so yummy and addicting!

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    Miss Yunks — October 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    These look so cute and much easier than the milky ways and snickers I made a few months ago. I made mine in muffin wrappers so I didn’t dip them, just layered the chocolate, nougat, caramel, and chocolate! They came out pretty tasty but was a lot of work!

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    Rachael Pergler — October 26, 2010 at 1:31 am

    I just tried these and they didn’t come out as I’d hoped. The chocolate and whipped cream mix was too sticky and wouldn’t harden. Did I do something wrong? Also what if you can’t find kraft caramel?

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    Jen — October 26, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Rachael – Sorry to hear they didn’t turn out for you. The center part was a bit sticky while dipping and wasn’t super hard… Any caramel would work for this recipe, I just use the Kraft kind that comes individually wrapped.

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    K — November 2, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I would put melted chocolate in the pan first, freeze, then the chocolate mixture, then the caramel. Then you can spoon melted chocolate on top. Would this work? (It solves the dipping problem too!)

    • beantownbaker — November 3rd, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

      That could definitely work… The caramel might ooze out when you gut them though… Let me know how it goes if you try it.

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    Rick — October 31, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I hope you are not using Cool Whip which is all trans-fat and high fructose corn syrup. I’m looking for a healthier alternative to the store bought Milky Way. Perhaps a recipe for homemade whip ?

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    Linda — December 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    These were a DISASTER. I wasted my morning and a lot of ingredients. The chocolate mixture was so sticky when cutting into squares. The directions did not state whether to add water to the caramels when melting so I didn’t…the caramels ended up thick and so sticky, I had trouble putting it on the chocolate layer. Dumped the whole mess out since I didn’t want to waste a bag of milk chocolate chips to coat them. I have been baking my entire life (60 +) and never had a recipe go like that.

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