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I've seen many things on the web of people baking things into cupcakes, whether it be a pre-baked heart cake shape into a cupcake or a hershey kiss and I have some questions!

  1. When you put a pre-baked cake into cupcake batter and bake it again, does it become very dry since it will be double baked?

  2. I've seen people put hershey kisses into cupcake batter for a surprise on the inside, would this work with just a candy melt disc, or would it just sink to the bottom?

THanks!

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    I suspect that the cake inside the cupcake won't be as much of a problem as you suspect ... because the middle bakes last. You'll have to adjust the baking time depending on the amount of batter displaced, though. If the item inserted is 1/2 the diameter of the cupcake, then the depth of the batter is only 1/2 as much, so I'd check it at at 1/2 the time. (if 1/4 the diameter, then the batter is 3/4 as deep) – Joe Sep 11 '16 at 1:52
  • Hello, and welcome to Stack Exchange. These are interesting questions, but having multiple questions in a single post doesn't work in our Q&A format. Please edit this to remove one question, and then post the removed question separately. (Thanks.) – Daniel Griscom Sep 11 '16 at 13:34
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Pre baked cake won't go dry just from being baked again, though it might be easy to overbake the new cupcake, as Joe mentioned, since the amount of batter is much less.

Cake doesn't change just from being overcooked (well, browning happens - but I mean not becoming tough or anything) - the drying out is purely mechanical, and reversible. Many baked goods can be reconstituted from being dried or stale by the addition of heat and moisture - so if your cakes were dry to begin with, the re-baking should actually help.

So, the moist batter you surround your cake in will keep it cool and moist while the batter itself bakes, and also layer on top of the cake to prevent browning from direct heat. The inner cake will only become dry if there's no moisture left in the batter - and moisture travels back and forth, once the batter is cooked, so both will be moist or dry to the same degree. As long as the cupcake isn't itself overbaked, the inner cake will be just fine.

As for chocolate, that's kinda a different question altogether and you'll get better answers if you ask it separately - but in brief, the most important thing about keeping chocolate suspended in batter is the thickness of the batter, with the weight of the chocolate coming second. A melting disk, should be thinner and lighter than a Hershey kiss (unless I'm recalling a different thing), and the wider and flatter shape should be easier to suspend in the batter - that is, if it drops through the batter to the bottom, the kiss would also have settled to the bottom.

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