Milky Way Cupcakes

In total honesty… this was THE messiest cupcake I’ve ever made. EVER. Obvi, the Fluff is super sticky, and the caramel too… not to mention I’m a bit of a kitchen disaster anyway. By the time I got the nougat in the cupcakes it looked like a sticky bomb had gone off. There was chocolate and sticky Fluff everywhere. Seriously,  I found some on the side of the fridge while I was cleaning (it’s about 4 feet away from my “work surface”). Ugh.
I used my favorite boozy chocolate cake recipe ( It’s my absolute favorite (even better than box mix)! It’s so moist, it made them kind of difficult to “core”. But it’s OK, I have a plan for the left over middles. Besides eating them, I mean. Geez… just call me a FattyPants. ::::Side Note- I hate the word Moist, why do we use it so often when baking!? it makes me shudder:::: In a misguided attempt to save myself from excessive dishwashing, I made a boo-boo, and added the baking powder, salt, and baking soda to the sugar instead of the flour… oops. I don’t think it really made a difference. I can’t tell.
What IS nougat!? I saw like a million different recipes online, and finally settled with the easiest. At first, I only made half the recipe. Then disaster struck. I didn’t realize how messy it would be. And I ran out of plastic decorating bags. I used a small Ziplock baggie, which burst. I also couldn’t get the nougat to stick in the cupcake, as it preferred to stick to my hands and the plastic baggie. Eventually, and with a ton of naughty language, I made the other half, scraped most of the mixture out of the baggie and proceeded to fill my cupcakes with a spoon. I scooped some nougat up, then moistened (dampened?) my fingers with water, squished it into the cupcakes. It worked! I imagine you’ll only need 1/2 the recipe I posted, I had some leftover.
The buttercream frosting was inspired by So How’s It Taste‘s caramel buttercream. Her Milky Way cupcake also looks FANTASTIC! I substituted “caramel topping” (I found it with all the ice cream toppings) for caramel candies, and Bailey’s for the milk. I also forgot the vanilla. Oops. At first I didn’t make enough for all 30 (even though it said makes enough for 36), so I doubled her recipe.  I’m not sure why it wasn’t enough… maybe because  I over-frost sometimes. Don’t judge. It’s not a fluffy buttercream, but it’s not heavy either.
I hate throwing stuff away, and I had a little bit of everything (cores, nougat, buttercream) left over when I made these cupcakes. So, I turned it into a layered “dessert”! Using a small plastic container, I put a layer of cupcake cores on the bottom, then a layer of nougat, and topped it off with some of the frosting. It’d probably look nice in a mason jar, or glassware (neither of which I have in my apt). TahDah! Less waste, more FatKiddery! NomNom!
Happy Sunday Cupcakery,
-Hey Waitress!!
Here’s the recipe.

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