Mmmilk Dud Cupcakes!

by Becki D on September 18, 2009

Yesterday, in a fit of hormones, I went on a “must have chocolatey sugary goodness!” rampage, and I am so glad that I did!

I combined a couple of recipes from Jenny at Picky Palate and spent the afternoon attempting (and mostly failing) not to eat all twenty-four of the cupcakes that I made.  I took the Caramel Buttercream Icing (are you drooling yet??  every time I read or say “caramel buttercream icing” my tastebuds smile.  best idea ever, Ms. Picky Palate!) from this recipe and the cupcake batter from this recipe to make these:


Milk Dud Cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:

-1 box devil’s food cake mix

-4 eggs

-1/2 cup vegetable oil

-1/2 cup water

-1 small box instant chocolate pudding mix (Buying instant pudding is tricky.  I hate the packaging because it is not immediately obvious which ones are sugar-free and which ones are regular.  I spent a long time staring at them before buying 4 packages of what I thought was regular chocolate instant pudding mix.  When I pulled out a box to make these cupcakes yesterday and discovered that I had purchased 4 boxes of sugar-free, I almost had a melt-down.  I hate it when I’m “tricked” into low-fat, no-fat, sugar-free stuff!!  But as it turns out, these cupcakes are plenty sweet enough – I did not miss the additional sugar that would have come with a box of regular pudding.  Sorry for this long side note…I had to get that off my chest!)

-1/2 cup sour cream

-1 cup milk chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet for mine, and they’re fine.  But the semi-sweet kind of overpowers the caramel – I think milk-chocolate chips would be a much better choice for these cupcakes.)

-1 movie-theatre sized box Milk Duds

Caramel Buttercream Icing Ingredients:

-20 soft caramels

-1/4 cup milk

-2 egg yolks

-3 1/4 cups powdered sugar

-2 sticks softened butter


-Preheat oven to 350º

-Using a stand or electric mixer, combine all cake ingredients except chocolate chips.  Mix on medium for 2 minutes or until well combined and somewhat thick.  Add chocolate chips and stir until combined.

-Scoop into 25 paper lined muffin cups. Don’t be like me and waste your cute white cupcake liners on these chocolate cupcakes.  White cupcake liners are made for light-colored batters.  Duh.  But aren’t these adorable?

cute, no?

cute, no?

-Press 1 Milk Dud into the center of each cupcake.

-Bake for 22-25 minutes or until they pass the toothpick-test.  Let ’em cool completely before frosting. (OK and here I have to say that straight out of the oven, with no icing or anything, these guys are SO GOOD.  I ate a whole one as soon as they came out of the oven, and I could have easily eaten a couple more!  The chocolate chips and the Milk Dud are all gooey and melty and mmmmmmm…)

Caramel Buttercream Icing Directions:

-Unwrap caramels and place them and the milk into a medium saucepan over medium low heat until melted and smooth, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes.

-In a seperate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and 1/4 cup powdered sugar.

-Using a stand or electric mixer, slowly beat together the melted caramel and the egg yolk mixture until well combined.  Cover the bowl and refrigerate until well chilled – at least an hour or so.

-Once the caramel mixture is chilled, add the softened butter and beat until whipped.  Slowly beat in the remaining 3 cups powdered sugar, until everything is light and fluffy.

-Frost your cupcakes and ENJOY!

Oh, and there won’t be enough frosting to make them all swirly and pretty like this:


So you’ll just have to slap it on like this:


But that’s OK because you’re still going to want to shovel it into your mouth like this:

Get In My Belly!

Get In My Belly!

Have a great weekend!


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenny Flake September 18, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Beautiful!! They sound absolutely scrumptious! Thanks for reminding me about that frosting, I haven’t made it in a while!


stephanie September 26, 2009 at 9:03 pm

holy YUM-O batman!! looks great. i can never get my icing so perfectly swirl-y like that. i’m glad that you slap it on like i do though 🙂


Ali May 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I made these the other day as a “trial-run” for teacher appreciation day at my sons school, they were so incredibly good! I am making them again today, I had my test subjects DEMAND more haha! Thank you for sharing this!


Heather June 17, 2013 at 5:06 pm

I misread the recipe and used egg whites instead of yolks in the frosting, but you wouldn’t have known it. They turned out wonderful and delicious. I would probably NOT use yolks if I made them again and use egg whites. I’m leary about eating raw egg yolks anyway.


cindy October 30, 2013 at 10:15 pm

What do you think about making this as a cake? Should I mix in the milkduds with the chocolate chips, or press them into the cake pans?

Can’t wait to make this!


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