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    Recipe of the Week: Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Cupcakes

    photo courtesy of Bakerita

    If you have leftover Ferrero Rocher candies from Valentine's Day, we are impressed with your willpower. Now you have an even greater reason to hang on to them: this cupcake recipe from Rachel at Bakerita. With candy inside and Nutella buttercream frosting outside, these cupcakes are truly an indulgence.

    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1/4 cup cocoa powder
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
    3/4 cup sugar
    1 egg
    1 egg yolk
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 cup buttermilk
    2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
    12 Ferrero Rocher candies, unwrapped

    How to Make It:
    1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Fit the 12 molds of a muffin tin with paper muffin cups. Place on a baking sheet and set aside. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
    2. Working with a stand mixer or a hand mixer and a large bowl, beat the butter at medium speed until soft and creamy. Add the sugar and beat for two minutes, until it is blended into the butter. Add the egg, then the yolk, beating for 1 minute between each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
    3. Beat in the vanilla, then reduce the mixer speed to low and add half the dry ingredients, mixing only until they disappear. Scrape down the bowl and add the buttermilk, mixing until incorporated, then mix in the remaining dry ingredients. Scrape down the bowl, add the melted chocolate, and mix it in by hand with a rubber spatula.
    4. Divide the batter evenly into the prepared molds. Press one Ferrero Rocher into the center of each cupcake. Try to cover the chocolates with batter by nestling it; it won't be completely covered. Bake for 22 - 25 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. You will see a slight indent in the middle of the cupcake because of the candy, but it's nothing to worry about. It will be covered with frosting anyway!
    5. Transfer the muffin pan to a cooling rack and allow the cakes to cool for 5 minutes before unmolding them. Cool to room temperature before frosting.
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