Saturday, March 16, 2013

Triple Carrot Cake Cupcakes

You know how some people try to use the excuse, "Well, it's carrot cake, so it can't be that bad for you"? Ha, not with this recipe. I've stuffed carrot cake cupcakes with carrot cake cookie truffles, and topped them with a cream cheese frosting that is filled with crushed Carrot Cake M&Ms. It's the carrot cake-iest carrot cake that has ever carrot caked. (You know when you look at a word for a certain period of time and then you think "Carrot... surely that's not how it's spelled.")


Triple Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Ingredients

Carrot Cake Truffles

  • 7 Pepperidge Farm Carrot Cake Cookies (yes, there are 8 in the bag, but you should totally just eat one)
  • 3oz cream cheese

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

  • 1 box Duncan Hines Decadent Classic Carrot Cake Mix
  • 1 1/4c HOT Tap Water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4c oil
  • 4.75oz Carrot Cake M&Ms, crushed

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 8T butter, softened
  • 1T vanilla
  • 3 3/4c powdered sugar
  • 4.75oz Carrot Cake M&Ms, crushed

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line two muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. Pulverize cookies in food processor, then add in cream cheese and pulse until combined.
  3. Scoop cookie goop into 24 truffles (about 1.5T per truffle) and put in fridge to harden.
  4. Meanwhile, follow the directions on the back of the DH Carrot Cake box to make the batter.
  5. Fold 3.5oz of the crushed Carrot Cake M&Ms into the batter.
  6. Pour 2t of batter into each cupcake liner, smush a truffle into each, and then top each with 1.5T of batter. You will probably have batter left over to make another cupcake or two without a truffle if you so desire.
  7. Bake for about 18 to 22 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, cream together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth.
  9. Sift in powdered sugar and beat on medium-high until light and fluffy.
  10. Stir in remaining crushed Carrot Cake M&Ms.
  11. Top cooled cupcakes with frosting, put in the fridge for about 20 minutes to give the frosting a chance to set, and forget to mention to your friends that you baked anything at all.
I have to say these Carrot Cake M&Ms are on point. And they are white chocolate! They add a great crunch to the frosting and another element to the overall flavor of the cupcake. I don't really know how prominent the truffle is, but you know it's there, I know it's there and your thighs will definitely know it's there, and it was a fun addition regardless.

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