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Truffle-Filled Cupcakes

All creatures of All Hallows' Eve are sure to delight in this treat with its unexpected surprise. You can use store-bought frosting to keep prep simple.. —Beverly Nowling, Bristol, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange paste food coloring
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • Assorted decorations: regular and Mega M&M's, Laffy Taffy, Candy Corn, Mega Buttons, Oreo Cookies, sprinkles, pretzels, marshmallows and edible pens

Directions

  • Place chocolate chips in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; let stand 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate, covered, until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, water, egg whites, oil and food coloring; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 2 minutes.
  • Fill prepared cups three-fourths full. Top with 2 teaspoons chocolate mixture. Bake 18-22 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and salt until smooth. Beat in melted chocolate and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Frost cupcakes. Decorate as desired.

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