Chocolate-Chocolate-Chocolate-Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes (aka, Quintuple Chocolate Cupcakes)

Last week I had quite a few people ask me if Hubby or someone else was going to bake for my birthday. As someone who LOVES to bake, I really don’t mind baking my own cake (although the cake Hubby baked for me last year was amazing!). It’s an excuse to go all out and make a cake (or cupcakes) that’s totally over the top.

I had originally set out to make chocolate cupcakes filled with salted caramel and topped with ganache. But the first batch of chocolate cupcakes didn’t turn out and I was just too frustrated to continue with that idea. I needed to come up with something else for my birthday, but I’m sure I’ll go back to the salted caramel cupcake idea at some point.

I was perusing my Google reader’s cupcake tag and I saw these banana split cupcakes. Hello, beautiful! With those cupcakes as my inspiration, I came up with these quintuple chocolate cupcakes.

They start with an amazing chocolate cupcake. Next comes a swirl of chocolate cream cheese frosting. Then the cupcakes get dipped in a chocolate sauce and chocolate sprinkles. Last, another swirl of chocolate cream cheese frosting is added on top. These cupcakes were definitely over the top, super chocolatey, and the perfect cupcake to celebrate my birthday!

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Quintuple Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the Quintuple Chocolate Cupcakes
12 chocolate cupcakes, recipe below
1 batch chocolate cream cheese frosting, recipe below
1 batch chocolate dipping sauce, recipe below
1 cup chocolate sprinkles (or jimmies, if that's what you call them)

For the Chocolate Cupcakes
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut up
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

For the Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted

For the Chocolate Dipping Sauce
4 oz dark chocolate, chopped
2 Tbsp heavy cream
4 Tbsp powdered sugar
5-8 Tbsp water, warm

Directions:

For the Quintuple Chocolate Cupcakes
Bake the cupcakes and allow to cool completely in the pan. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting.

Once completely cool, using a fat round tip, pipe a swirl on top of each cupcake. Place the entire tray of cupcakes in the freezer so the frosting will not melt while dipping it.

While the cupcakes are in the freezer, make the chocolate dipping sauce and allow it to come to room temperature.

Pour the chocolate dipping sauce into a small bowl (I used my 1-cup round tupperware bowls). You want it to be just larger in diameter than a cupcake, and fairly deep. Place the sprinkles in another similarly sized bowl.

Dip the cupcakes into the chocolate sauce until all the frosting is covered. Then add an edge of sprinkles by holding the cupcake sideways in the sprinkles and rotating until all sides are covered with sprinkles. Alternatively, you could just dip the whole thing in sprinkles if you want.

Place entire tray of cupcakes back in the freezer for the chocolate to set up.

Now using a fat star tip, pipe a smaller swirl on top of the cupcake. Store in the refrigerator.

For the Chocolate Cupcakes
Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

In a heatproof bowl, combine chocolate and cocoa powder.

In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the granulated sugar, butter, and water, stirring occasionally, until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Pour the butter mixture over the chocolate and whisk until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth.

Whisk the milk, egg, extra yolk, and vanilla into the chocolate mixture until combined.

In a bowl, stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until blended. Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth.

Let the batter sit at room temperature for 1 hour or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Set the oven at 350 degrees.

Divide the batter among the muffin cups. Bake for 30 minutes or until the tops spring back when pressed lightly with a fingertip. Set on a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

For the Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Using a handheld electric beater, cream the cream cheese and butter together thoroughly.

Add the salt, vanilla, and powdered sugar.

Finally, mix in the melted chocolate and blend thoroughly until smooth.

For the Chocolate Dipping Sauce
Place chocolate and heavy cream in a bowl over simmering water. Let chocolate and cream sit for 2-3 minutes to melt without stirring. Slowly stir mixture to combine.

Add powdered sugar and mix to combine. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing after each addition until pouring consistency is reached. Set aside and let sauce cool to warm.

Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe from Joanne Chang, as seen in the Flour cookbook
Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe from Food Network
Chocolate Dipping Sauce Recipe from Bakers Royale

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11 Responses to “Homemade Snickers Candy Bars”

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    Shannon — October 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    oh no! that’s too bad he had to guess… they look awesome and i bet they taste better too!

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    penniesonaplatter.com — October 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I will GLADLY be your taste tester for all these candy bars! Looks great!

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    Laura — October 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    these look amazing!!! I want to try all three kinds 🙂 How do you think these would hold up if I gave them out as gifts a day or two after making them? Do they have to be refrigerated?

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — October 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I kind of want to go trick or treating at your house with these candies! I got a recipe from King Arthur Flour to make Twix bars that I’m dying to try out!

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    Jen — October 22, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Laura – I don’t know if they have to be refrigerated. I kept mine in the freezer and we snacked on them for over a week.

    Fun and Fearless – If you decide to make Twix – let me know cause I want in on that!

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    Sandra — October 23, 2010 at 12:15 am

    This is an entire blog about candy, chocolate bars, and sugary stuff? I think I have just fallen in love.
    I didn’t read down far enough in the post, I got too excited when I realized what I had stumbled upon, but i have to go back to see if you gave the Snicker’s bar recipe!

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — October 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I’m sooooo going trick-or-treating at your place! You are amazing with your baking skills, absolutely amazing.

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    brettb734 — October 24, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Those look delicious!!!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — October 25, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    These look great! Thank you for submitting these to the ATTYC event!

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) — October 28, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Snickers bars are definitely my favorite candy as well and I’m trying to stay away from them due to all the junk that’s in the ingredients list. I may have to make these some day (saving the recipe!).
    Your husband is hilarious – mine would probably have the same reaction. 🙂

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    Heather — November 6, 2010 at 2:00 am

    These look so yummy! 🙂 How many Kraft caramels did you use? Thanks.

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