Milk Duds remind me of fun times going to the movies with my husband. Since we rarely get a baby sitter, we haven’t been able to see a ton of movies in the theater. To bring the movies home for a fun staying in date night, I made Milk Dud Cupcakes.
Milk Duds Cupcakes Recipe
2/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
2 large egg yokes
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1 /2 cups sugar
1/4 cup water
6 Tbsp unsalted butter (room temp)
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup unsalted butter, (room temp)
4 cups powder sugar
3/4 cup Caramel Sauce, (cool completely)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In large heat mixing bowl, mix cocoa powder and baking soda.
Add the boiling water and mix until bubbles subsides and mix is well blended, allow to cool for 5 minutes.
In a second large mixing bowl, use a electric hand mixer on low speed, add melted butter, vegetable oil, granulated sugar, vanilla and salt and mix.
Stir in eggs and eggs yolks, mix well until its all well combined
Fold in cocoa mixture then blend in heavy cream.
Slowly add in flour and blend until combined, make sure to scrape the sides and bottom of bowl.
Divide batter among 24 paper lined muffin cups, filling each cup about 2/3 full.
Bake in the oven for 2o minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool in muffin tin
Transfer to wire rack to cool.
Frost with caramel frosting ( recipe below ) , drizzle with caramel sauce ( recipe below )
Top with Milk Duds
Salted caramel frosting:
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, whip butter on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 – 4 minutes.
Add powdered sugar and blend on low speed until mixture forms a stiff peak.
Add caramel sauce and vanilla and whip on medium-high speed until light and fluffy about 2 minutes.
In a 3 quart saucepan, heat sugar and water over medium to high heat stirring to dissolve sugar.
Once mix reaches a boil, stop mixing and allow the sugar mix to boil until it reaches a dark amber color.
Once the sugar mix reaches a dark amber color, add butter and mix until butter has melted then remove from heat.
Carefully pour in cream and mix it till it bubbles
Mix until mix is smooth.
The caramel will need to cool several minutes then pour into a mason jar to cool completely then refrigerate.
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Milk Duds Cupcakes