Hankie Pankie CupcakesAugust 26, 2008 at 9:06 PM | Posted in cupcakes | 39 Comments
Tags: better than sex cake, caramel, chocolate, toffee
Sometimes inspiration isn’t subtle.
Sometimes it hits you smack in the face.
Last week I went shopping at one of my favorite stores, Old Navy, at my local mall. I strolled down the aisles, craning my neck every which way to check out all the different shoes, purses, swimsuits, belts, PJs, tank tops etc when I came across this graphic tee:
(photo credit: OkRockSteady)
… and all the sudden my brain started storming my next cupcake. I decided to bake up a play on words from a “better than sex” cake recipe for my Hankie Pankie cupcakes. I found a semi-homemade version online but I definitely have plans to make it scratch next time. (Please, don’t disown me cake mix haters!) I just know they’ll be a hit at T’s department meeting tomorrow. I just wish I could be there to see his face when he has to say the words “hankie pankie” to his coworkers! LOL
PS. You know I totally bought the tshirt!
(Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com | photos from me!)
Makes 24 cupcakes
1 (18.25 ounce) package devil’s food cake mix
1/2 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
6 ounces caramel ice cream topping
3 (1.4 ounce) bars chocolate covered toffee, chopped (I used Heath toffee bits)
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed (I made homemade, recipe below)
Bake cake according to package directions for 24 cupcakes. Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes.
Make slits across the top of the cake, making sure not to go through to the bottom.
[NOTES: I used a skewer and poked holes through the top of each cupcake.]
In a saucepan over low heat, combine sweetened condensed milk and caramel topping, stirring until smooth and blended. Slowly spoon the warm topping mixture over the top of each cupcake, letting it sink into the slits; then sprinkle the crushed chocolate toffee bars liberally across the entire cake while still warm.
[NOTES: I combined the condensed milk and caramel topping in a small bowl and nuked it in the microwave for about 30 secs instead. Saucepan is probably better but I got lazy. haha]
Let cake cool completely, then top with whipped topping. Decorate the top of the cake with swirls of caramel topping.
Husband rating: A+
He’s not really a caramel person but he raved between bites.
Wifey rating: A+
Its not called better than sex cake for nothing. Enough said. LOL
Other rating: A+
T’s CWs loved the cupcake. He said it was really funny b/c one of his department heads was talking to them and took a bite of the cupcake in the middle of his speech and all the sudden exclaimed “Oh My God! What’s in this cupcake? The ooozy stuff. Its good!”
Whipped Cream recipe after cut.
Homemade Whipped Cream
3 cups whipping cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp granulated sugar
In mixer with whisk attachment, whip the cream, vanilla extract and sugar on high speed until thick.
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