Glossy Chocolate Frosting

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Novelty cakes are always great fun! Kids love them, and even adults can be coaxed to smile when they see these cute gummy worms sneaking out of chocolate ganache-like “mud.”

Sometimes, you want something a little more elegant, especially when serving dessert to a group of adults. But, what about the kids? Well, with a slight tweak of the toppings, you can easily bake one cupcake and dress it up two ways.

Above you see Mud and Worm Cupcakes. These are easily constructed by sprinkling candy rocks, graham cracker crumbs, and gummy worms on chocolate topped cupcakes.

Here’s what you can serve at the adults’ table:

These are the same exact cupcakes, enrobbed in chocolatey goodness, only these are dressed lightly in snowflake sprinkles. You could use any sprinkle you like, but the snowflakes are dainty yet grown-up. Perfect for upcoming holiday get-togethers!

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Glossy Chocolate Frosting
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate frosting
Calories: 2268 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the sugar, butter, and milk together. Cook, stirring constantly until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips and the vanilla extract. Continue stirring until the chocolate has melted and the frosting is soon.
  3. It will be a thin frosting, but will thicken as it cools.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional values apply to one batch of frosting.

Nutrition Facts
Glossy Chocolate Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2268 Calories from Fat 1116
% Daily Value*
Fat 124g191%
Saturated Fat 95g594%
Cholesterol 189mg63%
Sodium 870mg38%
Potassium 1617mg46%
Carbohydrates 272g91%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 231g257%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 2095IU42%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 923mg92%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About Jessica Fisher

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  1. What a great idea! We’re putting together a birthday party for my toddler. Since he really likes pumpkins, we’re planning to do a pumpkin cake baked in my pampered chef oven-safe batter bowl – kids will really like it, but it’s not too childish for adults.

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