22 Oct

Nerds cupcakes with Laffy Taffy Frosting

 

Remember when I told you last week that I was going to show you lots of ways to turn your Halloween candy into cupcakes?

It’s happening.

We’re all about to have more candy than we know what to do with.

It’s inevitable.

Why not turn that candy into cupcakes?

Not because any of us needs more sugar, but because it’s just so darn fun.

For these particular cupcakes, we’re using up some Laffy Taffy candies and Nerds because those are two candies that will be in almost every kid’s trick or treat bag.

For the cake part of the cupcake, just use your favorite vanilla cake recipe. You can even use a boxed vanilla cake mix if you want.

Just before you fill your lined muffin cups, fold in a few small boxes of nerds candy, and bake according to your directions.

While the cupcakes cool you can get started on the frosting.

 

Laffy Taffy Frosting:

Adapted from Bake it in a Cupcake.

12 pieces of fun-sized Laffy Taffy (use one flavor)

2 Tbsp heavy cream

2 sticks of butter

2 cups powdered sugar

food coloring if the color isn’t dark enough for you.

 

Add the Laffy Taffy and heavy cream to a small sauce pan set over low heat and stir until everything is melted together.

Remove from heat so the mixture can cool a bit.

Using your hand or stand mixer, whip the butter for 3-4 minutes until it is smooth, light in color, and very fluffy.

Slowly add in the powdered sugar a little at a time until it is incorporated into the butter.

Be sure to scrape down the sides of your bowl every now and then.

With the mixer running, very slowly add in the melted and cooled Laffy Taffy and cream mixture and continue mixing until everything is fluffy and completely incorporated.

The frosting should be very pale in color. If you want your frosting to be a little deeper in color, add a few drops of food coloring and mix until the frosting becomes the color that you want.

Pipe or spread the frosting on top of your cupcakes and top with a few Nerds.

If you prefer your frosting to be piled high on each cupcake, just double the recipe.

Top with Pop-Rocks if you aren’t a fan of Nerds.

 

 

 

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