Yesterday, my sister and I baked cupcakes for a dinner that we were having with some of our friends. We both wanted to bake something that would be easy, but fairly new and fun to make. Instead of plain cupcakes, we decided to bake chocolate cupcakes, filled with M&Ms, and topped with buttercream and a few more M&Ms for decoration. The cupcakes were very fun to make, and tasted delicious. I highly suggest trying out these cupcakes!
- Chocolate Cupcakes
- Vanilla Buttercream
- M&Ms (the amount will vary depending on the size of your cupcakes)
After your cupcakes have cooled completely, use a piping tip or a knife to carefully carve out the center of your cupcake. Do not carve all the way down or else all of the M&Ms will fall out. You can save the insides of your cupcakes to make cake pops if you’d like. Or, you can eat them:)
Fill the hole with as many M&Ms as you’d like. It is best to fill it to the top so there is not a gap in your cupcake.
Once your holes are filled, you can either:
- Frost directly onto the cupcake
- Replace the top of the cupcake (this would require that you only partially fill the hole with M&Ms) and frost.
- Pipe some frosting on top of the M&Ms (this would require that you only partially fill the hole with M&Ms), replace the top, and frost.
- Pipe some frosting on top of the M&Ms (this would require that you only partially fill the hole with M&Ms), then continue to frost the entire outside of the cupcake.
I personally like to fill the hole to the top, and then frost. Some people like to replace the cupcake tops, but I think that step is unnecessary.
I ended up frosting the top using a flat-top frosting style (mainly because I don’t have piping tips, unfortunately), but you can frost it however you would like. If you are not replacing the top of the cupcake, I would highly suggest using a different method besides the standard smear-on method, since the frosting may not cover the hole in the cupcake.
That’s all! These cupcakes are easy and are great to make for friends, family, a bake sale, someone’s birthday- really any occasion.
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