Kit Kat Cupcakes

Kit Kat cupcakes are a great Halloween treat! A moist chocolate cupcake, frosted with a whipped Kit Kat candy bar buttercream.

Kit Kat Cupcakes

INGREDIENTS
FOR CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES:
  1.  1 cup all-purpose flour
  2.  1 cup granulated sugar
  3.  ⅓ cup unprocessed cocoa powder
  4.  1 teaspoon baking soda
  5.  ½ teaspoon baking powder
  6.  ½ teaspoon salt
  7.  1 large egg, at room temperature
  8.  ½ cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  9.  ½ cup hot coffee or hot water
  10.  ¼ cup vegetable oil
  11.  1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract

FOR KIT KAT FROSTING
  1.  1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  2.  3-4 cups powdered sugar
  3.  2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  4.  Pinch of salt
  5.  2-3 tablespoons heavy cream
  6.  6-7 snack size Kit Kats, chopped finely (or processed in a food processor)

INSTRUCTIONS
FOR THE CUPCAKES:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners. Sift together all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine all the wet ingredients, including egg, using a whisk. Be sure to whisk the egg last into the wet ingredients to avoid scrambling with the hot coffee.
  • Using a mixer, mix the dry ingredients on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the mixer and add the wet ingredients. Mix for 2 minutes on medium speed and scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl. Mix for additional minute on medium speed.
  • The batter will be thin. Divide evenly among the cupcake liners.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean.
  • Cool cupcakes on wire racks completely. Meanwhile you could start on the frosting.