chocolate toffee surprise 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.

Chocolate Toffee Surprise Cupcakes

Chocolate Toffee Surprise Cupcakes

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 350ยฐF 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 โ€“ 16 cupcakes (serving size: 1 cupcake)
Calories โ€“ 220
Carbs โ€“ 36



  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I subscribe via email and follow you everywhere; I’ll enter with this one comment. ๐Ÿ™‚ Fun giveaway! I already have the cherry pitter but the scale would be an improvement on the one I already have. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Happy Blog Birthday! Oh, chocolate toffee heaven! You know how to celebrate ๐Ÿ™‚

    My favorite Thanksgiving dessert? Pumpkin Pie. Simple and sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 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!

  7. Congrats on 2 years Laura! I am now an official subscriber in addition to being a friend/follower everywhere else ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 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.

  9. 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 toffeeโ€ฆI have a weakness for Heath bars!

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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! : )

  13. 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! )

  14. 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!

  15. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
    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!!

  16. 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 ๐Ÿ™

  17. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. 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

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