It is rare to find someone who doesn’t like Mars Bars, I mean really? What’s not to like? One day I was making chocolate cupcakes and we had an excessive amount of Mars Bars (which is VERY odd in my house!) that my dear husband bought me for Easter, and then…. I saw a tin of Nestle Top N’ Fill Caramel in my pantry………..the stars had finally all aligned for me that day, and before I knew it, these cupcakes descended from heaven and in to my arms, and I snuggled them and loved them with the love you have for a newborn baby. These were perfection……
Thought my beautiful friends might like to try them too as they really are quite a miraculous cupcake!
See recipe below:
Mars Bar Cupcakes.
You will need:
200g plain chocolate
200g light, soft brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
250g self-raising flour
1 tin of Nestle Top N’ Fill Caramel.
2 full size Mars bars.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
100g butter, softened
2 cups soft icing mixture, sifted
1/3 cup cocoa, sifted
2 tablespoons of milk
Heat oven to 160C conventional oven/140C fan forced and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cases. Gently melt the butter, chocolate, sugar and 100ml hot water together in a large saucepan, stirring occasionally, then set aside to cool a little while you weigh the other ingredients.
Stir the eggs and vanilla into the chocolate mixture. Put the flour into a large mixing bowl, then stir in the chocolate mixture until smooth. Spoon into cases until just over three-quarters full (you may have a little mixture leftover), then set aside for 5 mins before putting on a low shelf in the oven and baking for 20-22 mins. Leave to cool.
Once cool, fill a piping bag with the caramel, and using the piping bag with a long, nozzle (with a hole around 5-10 millimetres), inject some caramel to taste, in to each cupcake’s centre, and don’t worry you will cover the hole in the top you made with the frosting next! You will most likely have a bit of caramel leftover, or in my case, I had a “little” taste of it and then it was all gone…having leftovers of this is a good thing….a very good thing…that stuff is heavenly!
For the icing, using an electric mixer, beat the butter until pale and fluffy. Add the icing mixture and cocoa a little at a time until fully combined, then add the milk and the chocolate buttercream will become light and fluffy.
Top each cake with some and decorate with some sliced Mars bars.
Then put on some romantic music, make a well deserved cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate, sit down in the most snuggly place you can find and close your eyes and enjoy – with your feet up!