Chocolate Dipped Cupcakes

Cupcakes dipped in chocolate. Do we need to say more?

Maurine Dashney shares how to dunk any cupcake.

First, prepare your cupcakes by frosting them with plenty of frosting. To do this, use a piping bag fitted with a large round tip. Start in the middle and then create a large circle around the perimeter. Continue upward in tighter and tighter circles to create a large, tiered mound of frosting on top of the cupcake.

Let your cupcakes sit in the freezer for at least 20 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare your chocolate by melting the candy melts or chips and oil in the microwave at 30 second increments at 50% power until fully melted.

Remove the cupcakes from the freezer, and one at a time, hold the frosted cupcake upside down and dip in the melted chocolate, leaving a small bit of frosting at the base of the cupcake undipped. Then, pull the cupcake straight up and let the excess coating drip off. Then, turn over quickly.

This step depends on which type of cupcake you are making:

For the basic colored chocolate shell cupcakes, garnish with rainbow sprinkles as desired.

For the nutty buddy inspired cupcakes, immediately roll the chocolate dipped cupcake onto a plate of crushed peanuts until fully coated.

For the chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes, immediately dip a small strawberry into the melted chocolate and set it on top of the dipped cupcake.

Let the cupcakes cool completely until the chocolate has set.

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