chocolate-toffee surprise cupcakes + oxo giveaway

November 19, 2012

in Cupcakes

Saturday marked two years since the creation of Tutti Dolci! I like to celebrate life’s occasions with cupcakes, so I baked up these chocolate-toffee surprise cupcakes. (I also shared these with my dad for his birthday, and I’m happy to say they were a hit with that chocoholic!). I placed a square of toffee chocolate into each devil’s food chocolate cupcake, and then dipped the tops in a brown butter glaze. A final sprinkle of toffee bits adds an irresistible crunchy topping.

As a thank you to all my readers, I’m continuing the celebration with an OXO giveaway! I appreciate your visits and comments more than you know – thank you for all of your support. Enter to win an OXO 5 Pound Food Scale and Cherry & Olive Pitter; details are below the recipe.

Chocolate-Toffee Surprise Cupcakes
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp instant espresso (optional)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking power
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt
1 (3.5 oz) Green & Black’s Organic Toffee Chocolate Bar

3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp low-fat milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp plus 2 tsp toffee bits

Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 12-cup standard muffin pan with nonstick spray. Whisk together boiling water, cocoa, and espresso, then cool completely. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes). Add egg and beat well. Reduce speed to low and add half of flour mixture to sugar mixture; beat just until combined. Add yogurt and cooled cocoa mixture; finish with remaining flour mixture.

Fill each baking cup 2/3 full of batter. Use a sharp knife to cut toffee chocolate bar into 16 pieces; place a square into each cup. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 18 to 20 minutes. Cool the cupcakes for 2 minutes in the pan on a wire rack before carefully removing from the pan to cool completely.

For the glaze, cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a deep brown, about 6 minutes. Pour browned butter into a small bowl and cool slightly. Whisk in powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Dip tops of cupcakes in glaze, sprinkle each cupcake with 1/2 teaspoon toffee bits, and let set before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days.

Yield – 16 cupcakes (serving size: 1 cupcake)
Calories – 220
Carbs – 36

Giveaway Details:
The winner will receive one OXO 5 Pound Food Scale with Pull-Out Display and one Cherry & Olive Pitter. This contest is open to US Residents.

To Enter:
Subscribe to Tutti Dolci via email or RSS and leave a comment telling me your favorite Thanksgiving dessert or tradition.

Extra entries: Do one or all of the following, and leave separate comments for each:
1. Become a fan of Tutti Dolci on Facebook.
2. Follow @Tutti_Dolci on Twitter.
3. Tweet: Win an @OXO food scale and cherry pitter from @Tutti_Dolci. Enter here: #giveaway
4. Follow Tutti Dolci on Pinterest and pin this post (leave a link to your pin).

Good luck! Entries/comments accepted until Sunday, November 25 at 5:00 pm PST. One winner will be chosen at random and notified by email.

Disclosure: OXO did not offer or sponsor this giveaway; this is my thank you for your support. I was not compensated in any way and all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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1 Rosa November 19, 2012

Those cupcakes are wonderful. I bet they’d not last long at my place…

Don’t count me in (I live in switzerland)…




2 Patty November 19, 2012

Congratulations Laura!!!
I love your blog and thrilled for your milestone;-)
A batch of these chocolate toffee cupcakes is a perfect way to celebrate!


3 Becky November 19, 2012

My favorite dessert tradition is home made pumpkin pie. Also now, my husband makes Door County Cherry Rum Pie.:) Yum!


4 Becky November 19, 2012

I liked you on FB!


5 Becky November 19, 2012

I pinned your cupcakes on Pinterest


6 claire @ the realistic nutritionist November 19, 2012



7 Liz November 19, 2012

Oh, I’m a sucker for ANYTHING containing toffee….but toffee with chocolate has got to be the most tempting! What a brilliant idea for cupcakes!


8 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 19, 2012

2 years?! How amazing is that?! I absolutely love your blog and always look forward to your recipes. And these cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate.

Thanks for the awesome giveaway too! I’m already subscribed via RSS and my favorite Thanksgiving tradition is the leftovers where we make Ross’ moistmaker!


9 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 19, 2012

Already following you on twitter, of course! :)


10 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 19, 2012

Already a fan on FB!


11 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 19, 2012
12 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) November 19, 2012

Green & Blacks chocolate is sooooo good and I love the toffee. I can only imagine how tasty it must have been in these cupcakes. Congrats on 2 years and Happy Thanksgivng :)


13 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking November 19, 2012

Happy Blog Anniversary Laura! Such cute cupcakes to celebrate. Green & Blacks chocolate is so good, I have a couple of bars in the fridge, every time I need something I end up getting a small chocolate square ;)


14 Valerie November 19, 2012

Happy belated Blogiversary, Laura! Wish that I had discovered you much sooner. :) And Happy belated Birthday to you dad! What a sweet treat to make!!


15 Cassie | Bake Your Day November 19, 2012

Congrats Laura! Cheers to another year!! :-)


16 Ilene November 19, 2012

I love cooking on Thursday morning while watching the Macy’s parade.


17 Angela @AnotherBitePlease November 19, 2012

congrats on 2 years!!!! these cupcakes sound soo good…I love taking a nap on the couch after eating.


18 Mercedes November 19, 2012

Wow, these cupcakes sound incredible and happy 2 years of blogging! My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is Pumpkin Pie with gingersnap crust!


19 Mercedes November 19, 2012

Oh and I already subscribe via email!!


20 Cathy Wiechert November 19, 2012

I subscribed via email and my favorite Thanksgiving dessert is a chocolate angel pie.


21 Cathy Wiechert November 19, 2012

I follow on Facebook. :)


22 Cathy Wiechert November 19, 2012

I am following on Twitter.


23 Elin November 19, 2012

My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is my pumpkin pie that I make in an oatmeal crust. I’m not a pumpkin pie fan normally because it all lacks texture, so I like to doctor them up from time to time.


24 Stephanie - The Dessert Spoon November 19, 2012


Fabulous cupcakes! I just love the Green & Black’s chocolate. The toffee is a great choice.


25 Heather @ Bake, Run, Live November 19, 2012

I already subscribe via RSS.
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is hosting it at my house. For the last 3 years, my boyfriend and I have had Thanksgiving at our house- we have claimed it as our hosting holiday!


26 Heather @ Bake, Run, Live November 19, 2012

I follow you on Twitter!


27 Jessie C. November 19, 2012

I’m a subscriber. Love pumpkin pies.


28 Jessie C. November 19, 2012
29 Jessie C. November 19, 2012

fan of Tutti Dolci on Facebook.


30 Jessie C. November 19, 2012
31 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) November 19, 2012

Congrats on two years of sharing with us your delicious sweet treats, Laura. It’s been wonderful getting to know you through your blog this year. Your sweet personality shines through your posts–keep up the wonderful work!

I love toffee–how festive to use them in cupcakes. I just might make these for my upcoming birthday. :)

I subscribe via email and follow you everywhere; I’ll enter with this one comment. :) Fun giveaway! I already have the cherry pitter but the scale would be an improvement on the one I already have. :)


32 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} November 19, 2012

Congratulations on two years of blogging! You have a wonderful blog and even more wonderful food. These cupcakes look and sound amazing!!


33 Claire @ Claire K Creations November 19, 2012

The perfect way to celebrate! Congratulations and happy Blogoversary!


34 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme November 19, 2012

Happy Blogoversary! These cupcakes look fabulous. Love the idea of filling them with toffee.


35 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 19, 2012

I’m out of the running as I’m in Australia but I just wanted to say a big congratulations to you for your two year blogsoversary!! :D


36 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings November 19, 2012

No Canada? Sob, sob :(

Anyway, happy blogaversary! You deserve a nice chocolate surprise, for sure! I’ll trade yah – my double chocolate cupcakes with your chocolate-toffee! And we can have a party! YUM!


37 Liren November 19, 2012

Happy Blog Birthday! Oh, chocolate toffee heaven! You know how to celebrate :)

My favorite Thanksgiving dessert? Pumpkin Pie. Simple and sweet :)


38 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious November 19, 2012

Yeahhh, chocolate and caramel need to be part of my life!! Delicious..


39 Suzanne November 19, 2012

congrats Laura on your two year anniversary of blogging! Your cupcakes look wonderful and the giveaway is a good one. I have the cherry pitter and I love it. My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is my sister in law’s chocolate pie and my banana cream pie!


40 Suzanne November 19, 2012

I tweeted your giveaway!


41 Priscilla | ShesCookin November 19, 2012

Congrats on 2 years Laura! I am now an official subscriber in addition to being a friend/follower everywhere else :) Your cupcakes sound divine – especially since English Toffee is one of my favorite treats! I’m all about the savory sides on Thanksgiving, but my midnight snack is always a piece of pumpkin pie :)


42 Liz November 19, 2012

My favorite dessert at Thanksgiving is chocolate bourbon pecan pie.


43 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers November 20, 2012

Congratulations Laura! You continue to astound me with your dolci. So good, so delcious looking! You make baking look so easy. I love these cupcakes too!


44 Meghan Finley November 20, 2012

I’m an email subscriber. I love my mother’s stuffing


45 Meghan Finley November 20, 2012

I like Tutti Dolci on Facebook.


46 Meghan Finley November 20, 2012

I Follow @Tutti_Dolci on Twitter @immortalb4


47 Meghan Finley November 20, 2012
48 Meghan Finley November 20, 2012

I follow on pinterest-immortalb4


49 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today November 20, 2012

Two years, wow, time goes so fast :) Congratulations! This cupcakes look like such a good celebration.


50 Averie @ Averie Cooks November 20, 2012

favorite Thanksgiving dessert = this year it will be pumpkin choc chip bundt cake!


51 Averie @ Averie Cooks November 20, 2012

I like you on FB


52 Krys November 20, 2012

Mine is a combo favorite dessert and tradition.

My grandma makes these no-bake cheesecakes every year and they are AMAZING. They only have a few ingredients (cream cheese, condensed milk, lemon juice, vanilla), and when my cousins and I were kids she would put us to work Thanksgiving Eve softening up the bag full of lemons so they’d be at maximum juiciness for cheesecake-making. We used to come up with all kinds of silly techniques – rolling them between our hands, rolling them on the carpet, intermittent but firm squeezing with both hands. None of our techniques were particularly effective but it was always a fun time (and a good way to keep a house full of kids occupied for half an hour when it’s too cold to play outside).

Anyway, congratulations on two years! Thanks for what you do.


53 Carol | a cup of mascarpone November 20, 2012

Hi Laura! Congratulations!! I’m so honored that you became my very first blogging friend! Traveling all day yesterday, so I’m a day behind on these amazing cupcakes! Seriously, my two favorites together, choc and toffee…I have a weakness for Heath bars!


54 Carol | a cup of mascarpone November 20, 2012

I a huge fan of yours on Facebook!


55 Carol | a cup of mascarpone November 20, 2012

I follow you on twitter, and instagram…I might add! :)


56 Carol | a cup of mascarpone November 20, 2012

I happily follow you and all your wonderful pins on Pinterest. :)


57 Carol | a cup of mascarpone November 20, 2012

I just tweeted your giveaway!


58 Carol | a cup of mascarpone November 20, 2012

Pinned these incredible cupcakes!!!


59 Lora @cakeduchess November 20, 2012

Lovely way to celebrate two years of your delicious sweets, Laura. Happy blogiversary!! So nice to have this giveaway for us! I will pin and be back!:)xx


60 Lora @cakeduchess November 20, 2012
61 Amy November 20, 2012

My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is my mom’s apple pie!
(I subscribed through google reader.)


62 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 20, 2012

Happy belated birthday to your father. I’d have two birthdays if I could have cupcakes like these.


63 Jen @ Savory Simple November 20, 2012

I have that exact same scale and love it! So I’ll skip the giveaway. Just wanted to say happy 2 years and the cupcakes look divine!


64 Kate November 20, 2012

I subscribe via email and hope pumpkin whoopie pies become my new favorite dessert this year


65 Kate November 20, 2012

I like you on FB.


66 Jessica | Portuguese Girl Cooks November 20, 2012

Happy 2 years of blogging!! It’s a great achievement and you have a wonderful blog! These cupcakes look amazing and perfect for any chocolate lover! (ps. don’t count me in- I’m Canadian :))


67 Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden November 20, 2012

I’m delighted with these mouthwatering cupcakes! I like chocolate and caramel in every combination, but this one is awesome I’ve featured this recipes on my blog! I hope you don’t mind! If you don’t agree with that please contact me and I will remove it. All the best.


68 Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin November 20, 2012

Happy 2-year anniversary! I’m sure everyone in your family was more than happy to “help” you celebrate by eating plenty of these delicious-looking cupcakes:) Love that toffee crunchy topping!


69 Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom November 20, 2012

I subscribed to Tutti Dolci via email and my fave Thanksgiving dessert is pumpkin pie with ice cream. . but I will eat anything sweet. . I don’t discriminate! :P


70 Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom November 20, 2012

I am following Tutti Dolci on Facebook


71 Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom November 20, 2012

I am following @Tutti_Dolci on Twitter.


72 Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom November 20, 2012
73 Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom November 20, 2012

i am following you on Pinterest and pinned something:


74 Jennifer @ Delicieux November 20, 2012

Congratulations on 2 years! My how time flies! Your toffee surprise cupcakes look like the absolutely perfect way to celebrate. I love that crunchy toffee topping.


75 D Schmidt November 20, 2012

Feed subscriber via Google Reader

My favorite dessert is Pecan Pie!


76 D Schmidt November 20, 2012
77 Anne@FromMySweetHeart November 20, 2012

Laura…congrats on the 2 year anniversary of your blog! I, for one, am glad I found you! These cupcakes look delicious! I absolutely LOVE that glaze. And that toffee surprise is pretty great, too! I look forward to following you for many years to come! : )


78 Kate@Diethood November 21, 2012

Happy Blogiversary!!! I am so glad to have found your blog a couple of months back…it’s totally beautiful, inspirational, and incredibly yummy! xo


79 Kate@Diethood November 21, 2012

I am subscribed to Email updates


80 Kate@Diethood November 21, 2012

I am a fan on FB


81 Kate@Diethood November 21, 2012

I follow TD on Twitter


82 Kate@Diethood November 21, 2012

Forgot to add my fave Thanksgiving dessert… I love them all equally!! :P


83 Deb November 21, 2012

Adore the toffee surprise cupcakes! What a scrumptious birthday treat!
Our “must have” Thanksgiving tradition is apple pie! I don’t make pumpkin anymore as it sadly is ignored!

(I am a very happy subscriber! )


84 Susan November 21, 2012

Congratulations, Laura! I LIKE Tutti Dolci on Facebook.

And – I love toffee. These look amazing.

My family holds hands around the table and before the blessing, we each say something we’re thankful for.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving day with your family!


85 Helena / Rico sin Azúcar November 21, 2012

Happy birthday-blog, Laura! (I’ll have my 2nd next May) These cupcakes look gorgeous, and for me there’s nothing better than chocolate to celebrate an special occasion ;-)
It’s very nice of you to share this gifts, but I live in Spain, so don’t consider my comment.
Good luck to everybody!!


86 sara November 21, 2012

I subscribed to the RSS feed. My fav Thanksgiving dessert is my aunt’s chocolate pecan pie.


87 sara November 21, 2012

I just liked you on Facebook!


88 sara November 21, 2012
89 Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} November 21, 2012

I’m already subscribed… also, I love just plain old pumpkin pie for dessert!


90 Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} November 21, 2012

I just liked you on Facebook. :)


91 Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} November 21, 2012

I’m following you on Twitter. Congrats on your 2 year blogiversary!!! :)


92 what katie's baking November 21, 2012

i’m subscribed to your rss feed! (katie martino)
umm… my favorite thanksgiving tradition used to be baking a bunch of goodies to freeze and later give away as christmas presents, but we don’t do it anymore :(


93 suzanne Perazzini November 22, 2012

I love surprises in cupcakes. Great giveaways but not for me, I guess.


94 Baker Street November 22, 2012

Wow! Happy 2 years, Laura! Here’s to many more years of deliciousness to come! xo


95 Asmita November 22, 2012

These cupcakes look divine!


96 Nami | Just One Cookbook November 23, 2012

Happy 2nd blogiversary! I love the chocolate toffee inside these cupcakes. I love the mini version. I follow you all social media and I have scale and oxo pitter, so don’t count me in (and good luck to others!). I look forward to your posts every week! :)


97 Terra November 23, 2012

My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is making dishes that take me back home. I love making my Aunt’s fruit salad, my Mother-In-Law’s peas and peanuts salad, and my Grandma’s cranberry relish, it all makes Thanksgiving perfect! I love your addition of coffee, and the chocolate bar surprise in your muffins, they look delicious! Hugs, Terra


98 Jenny November 24, 2012

Pecan Pie!


99 Jenny November 24, 2012

I liked you on Facebook – Happy 2 years!


100 Magic of Spice November 24, 2012

Happy 2nd Birthday to you and your beautiful blog Laura!
These look so wonderful!


101 Nicole-Lynn November 25, 2012

I’m an email subscriber and my favorite thanksgiving tradition is making a sweet potato casserole


102 Kristin November 25, 2012

I’m an email subscriber and my favorite dessert is pecan pie!


103 Kristin November 25, 2012

I like your Facebook page!


104 Kristin November 25, 2012

I’m following you on Twitter!


105 Kristin November 25, 2012

I just left a tweet about this giveaway!


106 Kristin November 25, 2012

I’m following your boards on Pinterest!


107 Ashley November 26, 2012

I love anything pumpkin flavored, and this year my uncle made a pumpkin cheese cake that was amazing, may be a new favorite.


108 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts November 26, 2012

Congrats on 2 years!! These cupcakes look great to celebrate anything. I love toffee!



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