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Candy Bar Cupcakes

 Candy Bar Cupcakes
Everyone in my family loves cupcakes, so I experimented to create these cupcakes that fit my family's tastes. I also tried to make them healthier. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
18 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 6 ounces fat-free cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Snickers candy bars (2.07 ounces each), finely chopped
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the sugar, buttermilk, oil and vanilla until
  • well blended. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt;
  • gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended.
  • For filling, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners'

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Directions (continued)

  • sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg; mix well. Stir in the candy
  • bars.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups one-third full with batter. Drop filling
  • by tablespoonfuls into the center of each cupcake (cups will be
  • about half full). Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a
  • toothpick inserted in the filling comes out clean. Cool for 10
  • minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar.
  • Bring to a boil; cook for two minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove
  • from the heat; stir in the milk, then confectioners' sugar. Cool
  • until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes. Yield:
  • 1-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cupcake equals 250 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 248 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.