Potato chips and pretzels dipped in semisweet chocolate and butterscotch add a savory crunch to these mini cakes made from fudgy chocolate cake mix.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
1 hr 20 mins
total:
2 hrs
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 mini cakes
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine Baileys and 1 cup chocolate chips in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until chocolate is melted and smooth. Let stand to cool and thicken slightly, about 20 minutes.

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  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, microwave 1/2 cup chocolate chips in 20-second bursts, stirring between bursts, until melted and smooth, 1 to 2 minutes total. Repeat process with the butterscotch.

  • Dip pretzels and potato chips in the 1/2 cup melted chocolate. Let cool briefly until dry and dip in the butterscotch. Transfer to 1 baking sheet. Sprinkle with coffee. Let the pretzels and potato chips stand until the chocolate and butterscotch set, at least 1 hour.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a muffin tin.

  • Mix cake mix, water, eggs, and oil together in a large bowl until moistened. Pour batter into muffin cups.

  • Bake in the preheated oven according to package directions or until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes.

  • Gently remove the cupcakes from the muffin tin; transfer to a wire rack set in a baking sheet and let cool.

  • Holding each cupcake by the bottom half, dip the top in the glaze and return to the rack. Alternatively, spoon the glaze over the cupcakes. Top with the pretzels and potato chips.

Cook's Note:

Substitute chopped semisweet chocolate for the chocolate chips and caramel chips for the butterscotch, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

504 calories; protein 5.5g; carbohydrates 67g; fat 21.6g; cholesterol 46.5mg; sodium 590.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2018
We absolutely loved these! Chocolate indulgence with the luxurious taste of Baileys! Made exact to the recipe and they came out great. Will make again and will use the Baileys Glaze on top to class up any dessert recipes like cakes cupcakes and more. We weren't big fans of the potato chip on top. These are too classy for that. Next time I would just put a cherry and or some peppermint candy pieces. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2018
I chose to sub Bailey's for the water in the batter as suggested by another reviewer. The cake is pretty good but the glaze is amazingly delicious! I could eat it by the spoonful and actually I did! I got 15 cupcakes and about 2 spoonfuls left over of the glaze which went straight into my tummy! I topped 5 with the pretzel and potato chip and the remaining 10 I sprinkled with powdered sugar. Will be making these again minus the chip and pretzel. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2018
We absolutely loved these! Chocolate indulgence with the luxurious taste of Baileys! Made exact to the recipe and they came out great. Will make again and will use the Baileys Glaze on top to class up any dessert recipes like cakes cupcakes and more. We weren't big fans of the potato chip on top. These are too classy for that. Next time I would just put a cherry and or some peppermint candy pieces. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2018
I changed the cake mix recipe. I wanted the cupcakes to also reflect Bailey s so I replaced 1/4 cup water with Bailey s. I also added in 1 tsp Hershey s extra dark cocoa. I also added in 3 chocolate chips per cupcake. I ended up with a total of 17 cupcakes even after filling the cupcake liners 3/4 full. I am not a fan of pretzels so made some cupcakes toppers with and without pretzels. I m tempted to try this with the chocolate cherry Bailey s. I m not a cake lover -and rarely used boxed cake mixes but these were doctored so well it s really not noticeable. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2018
I substituted 1/4 cup Baileys water in the cake mix as suggested in a review. Also I used caramel morsels instead of butterscotch morsels. I froze the chips/pretzels with the chocolate dip for bit then spread the caramel on to make it easier. The Baileys flavor in the glaze comes through deliciously. This is a perfect "treat" for adults. Love the finished look/taste/textures! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2018
Very Tasty Cupcakes! You can really taste the hint of Baileys in the glaze and they were even better the following day. The chips and pretzels were a little hard to dip so I used a spatula to coat them. They have a fun and modern look! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/26/2018
These were good but I think next time I would follow others' suggestions and use ridged potato chips and add Bailey's to the cake itself (I bet coffee would be good in that cake also!). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/26/2018
I'm not much of a chocolate lover like so many and I'm not used to using a cake mix but this was good. I wondered how it would have been to have used Baileys IN the cupcake rather than water as called for in the cake mix. Maybe next time. I got 16 cupcakes from the mix and next time I think I'd use a pan that made bigger cakes. I really liked the glaze for the top of the cakes! It was difficult for me to coat the potato chips and pretzels with the chocolate and butterscotch chips and so ended up using a knife to spread the melted chips. They were wonderful with that little sprinkle of ground (Starbucks) coffee!! I opted to remove the cupcake papers before dunking the cakes so that the topping could drip down the sides and that was a good idea. I served this to some friends who agreed that they were really good! Thanks so much Baileys!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2018
From the first bite of this chocolate cupcake you get a hit of Baileys and that s a good thing. It isn t overpowering and pairs perfectly with the crunch of the chocolate and butterscotch coated potato chips and pretzels. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/26/2018
The recipe does not suggest ridged potato chips but I certainly do! I don't believe a regular chip could hold up to the double dip. The butterscotch morsels lacked the flow of the chocolate and it was difficult to spread all the potato chips and pretzels before the melted pieces cooled. I used a fork to try to spread some butterscotch over the chocolate areas. Messy but fun and I also suggest you make this recipe with a friend. The more licking of fingers the better! The recipe is also a bit deceptive in that these should be called cupcakes not mini-cakes. I was able to make 24 cupcakes and there was adequate glaze for all. I have friends who love chocolate dipped potato chips so this recipe would be right up their alley! Love the bit of salt in with the sugar and if you don't have butterscotch chips on hand you will be fine without them. Read More
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