Bumpy Cake Cupcakes

If you are from Detroit, there are a few things you know to be the best..Vernors, Better Made Potato Chips, Faygo, and Sanders/Morley Candy Co. All of those great companies are among my favorite foods, especially the Sanders Company. I grew up loving their Bumpy Cakes.

From Sanders Co.

There is nothing better than the moist, deep chocolate cake, creamy butter cream”bumps”, and smooth chocolate topping. Being that it is my favorite, I was wanting to make one. After seeing a similar recipe on Ugg Smell Food, I decided it was time. Ugg Smell Food shows it as a cake, but I wanted to make them as cupcakes to take to share with my friend and her sons and cupcakes are one of their favorites.  Here is the recipe I used after reading about it on Ugg Smell Food!

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Chocolate cake: From Food Network
11/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
11/4 cups granulated sugar
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
I did use an extra large cupcake pan for larger cupcakes. I got 12 out of the batch.

Cream filling “bumps” From Food Network
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons heavy cream
Pipe strips onto the cupcakes using a pastry bag

Chocolate Ganache:
Chocolate Icing: From Ugg Smell Food
4 T cocoa
2 T oil
2 T + 4 t water
2 T dark corn syrup
2 C powdered sugar

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350. Place paper liners in two 6-cup extra large cupcake pans.

Prepare the cupcakes: Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Bring the sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan, stirring until the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Pour into a large bowl; add the chocolate and butter and let sit, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is melted and the mixture has cooled slightly. Stir in the vanilla. Using a mixer, beat in the eggs, then mix in the dry ingredients.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans (about 1/4 cup batter per cupcake) and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool in the pans for about 25 minutes, then transfer cupcakes to a rack to cool completely.

Butter Cream “Bumps”
Meanwhile, prepare the filling: Using a mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Beat in 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar. Add the vanilla and 1 tablespoon heavy cream; beat until smooth. Beat in the remaining 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar and 2 tablespoons heavy cream in batches, alternating after each addition. Fill pastry bag and  set aside.

Chocolate Ganache:
Mix all except sugar in a saucepan and heat, stirring, until hot. Mix in sugar and stir (I whisked..you should too, makes it WAY easier/faster) until smooth.

To assemble:
After cupcakes cool, pipe 2 large strips of buttercream on each cupcake. Freeze for at least 30 mins. Make ganache and once frozen dip the cupcakes into the ganache. Refridgerate until set. Enjoy with a large glass of cold milk!


11 Comments on “Bumpy Cake Cupcakes”

  1. katie w says:

    Oh my gosh I so miss Faygo and Better Made chips! Every time we go home we stock up!

  2. That’s great! I’m cracking up about the ‘Vernors’. I grew up in MI, and when I moved to TN for college, I was disappointed to not find Vernors anywhere!!

  3. Lori says:

    mmmmmmmmmmm, bumpy cake is so good!

  4. Kira says:

    I’m not from Detroit, but Vernors truly IS the best. 🙂 I haven’t had some in so long!

  5. Maggie says:

    Awesome bumpy cupcakes!! Have you ever had the bumpy cake ice cream? There’s a shop in St Clair Shores that sells it.

    I’m personally a fan of Sander’s caramel cakes but the family over rules me and I’ve made a couple homemade bumpy cakes. I used Italian buttercream for the bumps but have had mixed success with the chocolate frosting. I have to give this recipe a try.

  6. Larry says:

    I expect these on my birthday in a couple weeks 😉

  7. Carroll Lalinsky says:

    Growing up this was always my favorite cake. It still is. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. YUM this looks DELICOUS. that ganache looks perfect on those buttercream dollops! great pic!

  9. John Eland says:

    I love bumpy cakes, Vernors,Elias’bros Big Boys, Faygo,Lafayette coney island,real chinese food,and Tubby’s subs. Just can’t get these things in FL..But I’m diabetic so I shouldn’t have anyway…

  10. dani says:

    Can I use regular cup cake cups?

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