I don’t know about y’all, but I am a big fan of the extravagant cupcakes they serve on Disney property. They have traditional to unique flavors, and they never disappoint with the quality taste factor. One of my favorites is served at Starring Rolls Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. It is loaded with chocolate goodness and peanut butter punch: the ultimate combination. Imagine this: a chocolate cupcake with homemade vanilla frosting, coated with a layer of a thin chocolate shell, and then finally topped with Butterfinger® crumbs. Let’s not forget about a fudge filling throughout the center when you break into the cupcake. YUM. Being a baking lover, I thought I would share a copycat Butterfinger® Cupcake recipe this week. I plan on featuring more of these scrumptious cupcake recipes in future weeks, so please let me know if any of you have any requests!
Special thanks to www.thedisneydiner.com for this recipe.
*makes 10-12 jumbo cupcakes
1 standard Chocolate Fudge or Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1 tub pre-made Chocolate Fudge Frosting
1 pastry bag or gallon-size freezer bag
1 stick butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup Crisco® Vegetable Shortening
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
2 – 4 tablespoons milk
1 pastry bag or gallon-size freezer bag
16 ounces chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
5 – 6 (full-size) Butterfinger® Bars, finely crushed
1.) Mix cake batter according to package directions*. Spoon batter into a paper-lined, jumbo-size cupcake or muffin pan**. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool at least 5-6 hours.
*The cupcakes can be made the day prior then cooled overnight. **For smaller cupcakes, use a standard-size cupcake pan and bake according to time indicated on cake mix package. This method will yield about 24 standard-size cupcakes.
2.) After the cupcakes have cooled, take a sharp knife and cut out a 1-inch deep, 1-inch diameter circle out of the center of each cupcake. Carefully remove the center plug with the help of a large spoon. Save the plugs you removed for later.
3.) Scoop the pre-made (store-bought) fudge frosting into a gallon-size freezer bag. Cut off the tip. Squeeze the frosting into the hole you previously cut out of each cupcake. Fill it up to just above the rim. Take the plug and replace it on top of the hole, inverted so that the peak is now facing upwards. Repeat this for all cupcakes and set aside.
4.) Make the Buttercream Icing. Place the softened butter, Crisco® and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each. After all 4 cups have been blended well, add in the 2 – 4 tablespoons milk. Beat again until the icing is a whipped, spreadable consistency.
5.) Scoop the buttercream icing into a gallon-size freezer bag and cut off the tip. Squeeze the icing in a spiral pattern around the peak of each cupcake until completely covered. Take a small spatula or butterknife and spread the icing until somewhat smooth. Repeat for all cupcakes then set aside.
6.) Place 5-6 Butterfinger® Bars in a food processor, and process until finely ground. If you do not have a food processor, you can place the candy bars in a gallon-size freezer bag and crush using a rolling pin or back of a skillet. Do this until finely crushed. Pour the crumbs onto a large platter or bowl and set aside.
7.) Place the 16 ounces of chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat at 50% power for 30 second increments until melted, stirring occasionally.
8.) Using a large tablespoon, pour the melted chocolate over the top of the buttercream icing. Spread the chocolate using the back of the spoon until all of the white has been completely covered.
9.) Immediately after coating with the melted chocolate, sprinkle the Butterfinger crumbs over the cupcake. The crumbs will stick to the melted chocolate.
10.) Let cupcakes cool on counter or in refrigerator until chocolate shell has hardened.
Kristin Casagrand is a student currently studying physical therapy at Bellarmine University. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kristin has taken many a family vacations as a child driving 24 hrs, cramped in the back of the car and fighting with her sister to get to Disney (definitely worth it though). She looks forward to sharing “A taste of Disney” with everyone each week.