Snickers Cupcakes

Ever since I was a kid, I remember my dad putting his candy bars in the freezer because he supposedly enjoyed them more when they were frozen. Amusingly they were always buried under a bag of frozen peas or a box of pierogies, so I tend to think he was attempting to hide them from the rest of us.

Now that I am a full fledged adult, I don’t eat candy bars all that often, but you can bet when I do indulge, those babies get frozen first. This recipe is a little homage to my frozen candy bar loving dad, Bill; although I like to call him Billiam for kicks.

These cupcakes consist of a moist doctored up cake mix recipe with a little surprise in the center, topped with creamy caramel buttercream and a finished with a little sprinkling of chopped Snickers and a caramel drizzle. Are you drooling yet? This recipe is rich, sweet, decadent and every candy bar lover’s dream!

This is definitely a semi-homemade type of dessert; if you’re opposed to doctored up box mixes, no worries, just sub in your favorite chocolate cake recipe. Personally, I think the cake recipe below is pretty rocking and I use it when I am in a hurry or need an incredibly moist cake. I hope you give this recipe a try because it’s definitely a crowd pleaser! Brian used the word incredible to describe these cupcakes and that is not an adjective he tosses around very often.

In other news, you will find my first vlog posted below. Yep, I busted out the video camera, put on my best campy voice and recorded a video detailing my favorite piping tips, and the super technical {note sarcasm} techniques that I use to frost the cupcakes you see on MBA. I promise when I venture into vlog land again, I will lose a little of the cheesiness, but hey, I was nervous! Enjoy watching; I hope my newly acquired Muppet voice gives you a little chuckle! Does anyone like the sound of their voice…mine sure makes me cringe!

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Snickers Cupcakes

Yield: 24-30 Cupcakes

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 18-22 minutes

Total Time: 47 minutes

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 1 box devil's food cake mix
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs; lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 24-30 frozen Snickers Miniatures

For the frosting:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter; room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 pounds confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup caramel topping; plus more for drizzling
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

For the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line (2) 12 cup muffin tins with paper liners.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs, vanilla and water.
  4. Evenly divide the batter amongst the prepared pans. {I use a large cookie scoop from OXO to scoop my batter; it holds 3 tablespoons}.
  5. Gently push a frozen Snickers Miniature bar into the center of the batter and smooth the surface making sure to cover the candy bar with batter.
  6. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Cool cupcakes thoroughly on wire rack.

For the frosting:

  1. Cream the butter and shortening in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer. Add the vanilla extract, salt and caramel syrup and combine well.
  2. Begin adding in the sugar and mixing thoroughly after each addition. After all of the sugar has been added and mixed thoroughly, give it a taste and decide if you want to add in more caramel syrup. For thicker frosting you can gradually add in a little more sugar.
  3. Garnish with chopped Snickers bars and a drizzle of caramel of caramel syrup.

Notes:

  • Not a fan of Snickers? Sub in your favorite candy bar, just make sure you freeze them first.
  • Not a fan of vegetable shortening? No worries, simply sub in butter for the shortening.
  • Edited: 6/26/15 due to a change in boxed cake mix content size.

217 Responses to “Snickers Cupcakes”

  1. Parveen — July 28, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Great video, love how all the cupcakes look. My fav tip is the Wilton M1.
    Do you mind telling me where you got yr cupcake stand the one with green ribbon. Thank you.

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  2. Brooke (Baking with Basil) — July 28, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Snickers cupcakes…every man’s dream!! Thanks for the piping “how-to”. Your cupcakes always look beautiful!

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  3. Evan @swEEts — July 28, 2010 at 9:21 am

    OOoh these are calling my name! I made a Snicker’s Cake a while back, but these are the perfect bite size. I don’t think there is anything wrong with doctoring up a cake, especially when you add in all the extra goodies!!

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  4. Jane Ko — July 28, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I love snickers and I love cupcakes, what a wonderful combination. Thank you for the video as well!
    I’m having a giveaway at my food blog, check it out here http://atasteofkoko.blogspot.com/2010/07/ximending-giveaway.html

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  5. Eliana — July 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Love, Love, Love the video and the cupcakes too. An homage to my favorite candy bar.

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  6. Stephanie — July 28, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Your video is amazing! You need to be on tv! So clear and consise and great explanation! The cupcakes look phenomonal!

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  7. pamela — July 28, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Oh, my!! These look outstanding! Off to watch the video…

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  8. Milisa — July 29, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Awesome vlog! Very informative, not cheesey. I am dying to try those snickers cupcakes.

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  9. honeyb — July 29, 2010 at 4:02 am

    LOVE your video! Thank you!

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  10. Sandra — July 29, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Nice video. These cupcakes look mouth watering and are making me crave for dessert!

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  11. Alison — July 29, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I think everyone hates the sound of their voice…I know I do. Just doesn’t sound the way it does in our heads. Love the video though – great job!! (On a side note – my mom ALWAYS put her Snickers in the freezer!)

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  12. the urban baker — July 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    These are beautiful! My dad, also froze his snickers and snickers were his all time favorite. My kids went directly to his freezer every time they entered their home. I miss my dad and his frozen snickers! I am going to have to make these, in honor of him! Thanks for the lovely story.

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  13. Tracey — July 29, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I’m a big fan of putting candy bars in the freezer and definitely think they taste better that way. This recipe sounds soooo good, I can’t wait to try it out.

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  14. katie — July 30, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Great piping video. Your frosting looks so silky smooth.

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  15. Alisa — July 30, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Not only is this cupcake fantastic, you did a wonderful job with the video too! Your voice is perfect, its a great tutorial. I look forward to watching more vlogs from you :)

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  16. CaSaundra — July 31, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I love frozen candy bars too!! They are easier to eat slow and savor then :-) I love the semi-homemade concept of these too, makes it easier!

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  17. Katie @ goodLife {eats} — July 31, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Great video! I have always had trouble with cupcake frosting so this is great and thanks for the tip recs and where to get them.

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  18. Kelly-AtMySink — July 31, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    That is a great video! And those cupcakes. OMG they look amazing! I can’t wait to make them.

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  19. shirley@kokken69 — July 31, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Jamie, these are definite crowd pleasers and I bet truly addictive too…

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  20. Heather — July 31, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you SO much for this vlog & the recipe. I had always wondered what tips to use to make the really fat swirl (the last method you showed us) as well as the first one. I absolutely can no wait to try this out!

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  21. Kim P. ~ Temecula, Ca — August 1, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    LOVE LOVE the video…And your voice was great! My 14 year old daughter loves to bake. This video was great for her to see how to use different tips and how to put the icing in the bag mess free! Thank you for taking the time to teach us! We’ll be looking forward to the next video!

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  22. Katie — August 1, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    My mom does the same thing with her chocolate…I always end up finding it though :) And snickers are one of the guilty pleasures my dad and I share- these look fabulous!

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  23. Kim — August 2, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    This was delicious! YUM!

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  24. ingrid — August 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    LOL, you’re silly! You did a terrific job! Thanks for taking the time to make the video for us.

    Btw, you know me I always welcome shortcuts that deliver BIG on taste! Even if it does lead to chocolate, ha-ha! :)
    ~ingrid

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  25. Cheyenne Alspaugh — August 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I made the Snickers cupcakes last night and they were more than delicious!! I brought some to work today and my fellow workers loved them as well…the only problem with that is that I am a Registered Dietitian… :) small indulgences in life!!

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  26. christine — August 4, 2010 at 11:43 am

    First of all, I love your site. Second, I love your shots. I agree with your idea that photography doesn’t need to be expensive (because I am a photographer as well, but not pro) and third, this is awesome cupcake recipe. If you wont mind I’d love to guide Foodista readers to your post. Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post so it will appear in the Foodista pages and it’s all set, Thanks!

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  27. Erin — August 4, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I made them last night too…ans sent them all to work for the construction workers that my husband works with so I wouldn’t eat every last one! They were awesome!!! And as a fellow teacher…I feel your pain about the anticipated wake-up calls…enjoy every second!

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  28. Denise — August 4, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Jamie,

    Your vlog was awesome. Would love to see more than your hands. You are BEAUTIFUL. Love Ya, Aunt Denise

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  29. Melanie Klassen — August 6, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Great video. Thanx for the tips.
    My icing often isn’t stiff enough to hold it’s shape. Any suggestions? And where did you get the beautiful cake stand with the ribbon?

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    • Jamie — August 6, 2010 at 9:34 pm

      Melanie-
      I used a thicker buttercream in this recipe which is why it piped pretty well. The cake stand is from Home Goods. Thanks so much for stopping by MBA!
      -J

  30. Jeanelle — August 7, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Hi there – I cannot wait to try this recipe but wanted to thank you for your how to frost cupcakes video. I used it to make red velvet cupcakes for a friend’s birthday and I can’t get over the fact that I made them and they look so pretty! (I ordered the french giant pastry tip from bakeitpretty.com) Thanks again for your easy to follow advice!

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  31. Jodi — August 7, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Jamie~ Love the video! Thanks for the tips!

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  32. shelly (cookies and cups) — August 9, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Great job! I just did my first vlog for The University of Cookie and hated every minute of it! I am soo awkward! But you did awesome!

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  33. nikki — August 14, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Making these for company this week….can’t wait to see what they think!! Thanks for the Vlog…been looking for a giant round tip and wasn’t sure where to get one…and now I know! :)

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  34. Florentina — August 14, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I made these and they came out amazing!! Thanks for the recipie!

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  35. Kristyn — August 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I made these this past weekend for my youngest daughter’s small family birthday party and then took the rest to a block party. They were a HIT! Everyone loved them, I will definitely be making them again.

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  36. michelle — August 18, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I saw these last night and had to run to the grocery this morning. I CAN”T WAIT to have one!!!!!! I plan on making them for my son’s birthday in April, never to early to start praticing! Thanks for the video I’m really new to baking (anything outside a box) it really helped…..

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  37. LaRae — August 19, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Jaime,
    Where do you get your plastic frosting bags??

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    • Jamie — August 19, 2010 at 11:00 am

      LaRae-
      I have some in my amazon store, but I recommend getting your hands on a 40% Michael’s coupon and getting them there…much better deal!
      -Jamie

  38. Amnah — August 20, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Yay!!! Can’t wait to try this! Bake it Pretty needs to give you commission because I’m about to head over there to order those. Thanks for the great video and tips. (No pun intended!)

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  39. Lindsey — August 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I’m so happy I found your site! I’m certainly going to try these fab cucakes. Thanks for the post.

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  40. Catherine — August 31, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    WOW!!!!!
    Who ever wrote this must be my twin!
    My dad froze and hid his candy bars when I was a child also!
    Exactly the same thing!
    Love it
    xoxo

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    • theresa — September 1, 2010 at 12:19 pm

      Yes, my dad, too!

  41. theresa — September 1, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I was wondering if it mattered if the snickers were not frozen?

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  42. Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes — September 2, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Wow!! These looks spectacular. Haven’t used that word in a while. Anyhow, I’ve left you an award at my blog! :) Its the cheesecake brownies post. Go check it out!

    Reply

  43. Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes — September 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    I just saw your vlog and loved it! I think everyone’s own voice makes them cringe…I know mine does!

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  44. Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes — September 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    I just saw your vlog and loved it! I think everyone’s own voice makes them cringe…I know mine does!

    Reply

  45. Maopa Lutui — September 3, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I love your vlog and don’t see anything wrong with your voice. I can’t wait to try out your cupcake recipe at home. I just viewed your Snickers Cheesecake vlog and thought that was awesome as well. Looking forward to the rest of your posts:) TGIF!

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  46. Lisa — September 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I made these for our annual family picnic this past Sunday. WHAT A HIT!!! They were completely devoured! Thanks for a great recipe…can’t wait to try other candy bar combos!

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