Zero Candy Bar Cupcake

by foodlikecake

 

Have any of you guys had a Zero Bar? I had one once. It was amazing. Peanut/almond/caramel nougat covered in white fudge, totally different than most candy bars. So, of course, I had to eventually turn it into a cupcake. The cupcake itself is a vanilla cake base with peanut butter and almond extract, replicating the nougat. The frosting is white fudge and then I drizzled caramel over it. You could fill the cupcake with caramel too- the caramel is amazing :-)

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Ingredients: Cupcakes

1/4 cup whole milk

1/4 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon almond extract

2 large eggs, room temperature

1 and 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup peanut butter

Caramel Layer

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup light corn syrup

1/4 can sweetened condensed milk

1/4 tablespoon whipping cream

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

White Fudge Frosting

1 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup whole milk

5 tablespoons butter, unsalted

1 cup premium white chocolate, chopped

Recipe: Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350F. Line one cupcake tin with wrappers.

In a medium bowl lightly combine 2 tablespoons milk, 2 tablespoons buttermilk, the eggs, and the almond extract.

In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients, mix on low speed for 30 seconds to blend. Add the butter, peanut butter, rest of milk, and buttermilk. Mix on low speed until all ingredients are the same texture and combined. Increase to medium-high speed and beat for 1 and 1/2 minutes to develop the cake’s structure. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Gradually add the egg mixture in 3 batches, beating for 20 seconds after each addition to incorporate the ingredients and strengthen the structure.

Put about an ice cream scoop’s worth of batter into each cupcake tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with dry crumbs on it.

Caramel Layer

In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, bring butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and condensed milk to a boil, while stirring.

Carefully stir in whipping cream.

Keep stirring until the caramel reaches soft ball stage, then take off heat, and pour into a bowl to cool.

When caramel is cool, pour a little on the cupcake.

White Fudge Frosting

Bring sugar, milk, and butter to a boil in a medium saucepan while stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and add chopped chocolate.

Beat until creamy and cooled.

Pipe onto cupcakes.

Let stand for about 5 minutes until pipe-able.

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Enjoy!

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