Frito Cupcakes

Yes, you read that correctly – Frito cupcakes. I get a lot of crazy looks when I say I’m making Frito cupcakes… but don’t worry, they’re not scary at all.

If you were at Cupcake Camp last night, you may have had the chance to try these little babies yourself. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did! You all know I’m a huge fan of the salty-sweet, chewy-crunchy combos. These cupcakes have it all. I’ll be doing a whole Cupcake Camp recap post next week so today I’m going to focus on these cupcakes.

I went with mini cupcakes, but these would be great full-sized as well. You can use your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe, but I definitely recommend this peanut butter frosting recipe. I first used it to make some chocolate peanut butter cupcakes and since then it’s been my go-to peanut butter frosting recipe. It’s so smooth and delicious.

Since I’m kind of crazy about having pretty smooth frosting, I only added the crushed up Fritos to the filling portion of the cupcake. If you didn’t want to go through the extra step of filling the cupcakes, you could just slather the Frito/PB frosting on top of your cupcakes and that would also be delicious.

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Frito Cupcakes

Yield: 48 mini cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the Frito Cupcakes
1 batch mini chocolate cupcakes (recipe below)
1 batch peanut butter frosting (recipe below)
1 batch Frito filling (recipe below)
Fritos for garnish

For the Chocolate Cupcakes
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp hot water
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
3/4 cups (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature

For the Peanut Butter Frosting
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/3 cup heavy cream

For the Frito Peanut Butter Filling
1 1/2 cups Frito Scoops
3/4 cup peanut butter frosting
3/4 tsp kosher salt

Directions:

To assemble Frito Cupcakes
Allow cupcakes to cool completely. Using the cone method, remove a cone off the top of the cupcakes. Discard the tops, or eat them, or freeze them to snack on later.

Fill the cupcake with the Frito filling.

Frost with peanut butter frosting and top with a Frito.

For the Chocolate Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together cocoa and hot water until smooth. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Melt butter with sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring to combine. Remove from heat, and pour into a mixing bowl. With an electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat until mixture is cooled, 4 to 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add vanilla, then cocoa mixture, and beat until combined. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the sour cream, and beating until just combined after each.

Divide batter into lined cups, filling each three- quarters full. Bake, about 10-12 minutes. Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen up to 2 months, in airtight containers.

For the Peanut Butter Frosting
Place the confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work.

Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth.

For the Frito Peanut Butter Filling
Put Frito scoops into a plastic bag and crush with your hands or by using a can of food.

In a small bowl, stir together frosting, crushed Fritos, and salt.

Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe from Martha Stewart
Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe from Ina Garten


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22 Responses to “Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes”

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — May 6, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Jen – these look phenomenal! I am pretty sure I could eat the entire batch of your cupcakes in one sitting. Thank you so much for helping Krystal and Eric celebrate Cupcake’s arrival!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

      These were definitely dangerous. People were fighting over the last one at the party I took them too.

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    Megan — May 6, 2013 at 11:13 am

    They look delicious! Love that little cupcake stand.

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

      I got it at Home Goods. Isn’t it super cute?

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    Erica @ In and Around Town — May 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Nutella frosting?! Yes please!

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    Krystal R. — May 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Awww Jen, these are so gorgeous and a great way for you to get back in your baking habit!! Did you know that I had a big nutella phase during cupcake’s pregnancy…I need this frosting in my life!! Thank you for participating in my virtual baby shower. XXOO

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

      You definitely need this frosting in your life. Even if you just make it to eat with a spoon. It’s SO good. Good luck with the upcoming arrival of your cupcake! (my sister is pregnant and refers to her little one as her nugget!)

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    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — May 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    These look wonderful and that nutella cloud frosting sounds phenomenal!!

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    Jessica @ Sunny Side Up — May 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I used the nutella cloud frosting on my birthday cake last year and I was blown away at how perfectly the name matched the texture! I love how perfectly smooth and fluffy it is. And yours looks absolutely perfect on top of that cupcake!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

      I know – isn’t it the perfect name for this frosting. It’s amazing.

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — May 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I’d also fill these with Nutella, and use a chocolate stout cake… mmmm…

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

      YUM! That’s a great idea.

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    tracy {pale yellow} — May 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Gorgeous cupcakes! It’s hard not to want a nutella cloud frosting! I just made cupcakes for the first time in awhile too, I forget how relaxing and fun cupcakes can be!

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    Jessica of My Baking Heart — May 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    You had me at ‘Nutella’, Jen! Beautiful cuppies!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 6, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    So cute and absolutely perfect!

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — May 6, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Oh man…nutella frosting? These sound so good!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

      It tastes much better than it sounds. Trust me. I’m debating going to get the leftovers out of the fridge to snack on some…

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 8, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Oh goodness, these look dangerous 😉 loving the nutella frosting!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

      They’re definitely dangerous. I was glad I took them to a friend’s house.

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    Becky — May 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Those cupcakes are perfect!!!

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    Rachel — November 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Do i have to have a paddle and stand mixer? I only have a regular hand mixer at the moment.

    • beantownbaker — November 24th, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

      A hand mixer probably would work just fine.

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