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


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


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.


  • 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. Naomi — July 26, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    I didn’t think you had a muppet voice at all! Thanks for doing the vlog. I’m going to give the tube piping a try on my next cupcakes.

    And, um, I’m adding this recipe to my bribery arsenal. My husband will LOVE them.


  2. Baking and Mistaking — July 26, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Oh my gosh I hate the sound of my voice! Every time I hear it recorded I cringe and hope I really don’t sound like that.


  3. Manu Miranda — July 27, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Awesome vlog! I loved it!!! Thank you so much for posting this.


  4. Lauren — July 27, 2010 at 12:18 am

    That was fantastic Jamie! You were clear, to the point and honest. I can’t wait to see more :). The voice thing, I completely get. Such a disconnect from what you hear in your head. Not to mention your gorgeous cupcakes. Beautiful and they look delicious!


  5. Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro — July 27, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Thanks so much for swinging by the RGB today and for another RT! :-)

    A vlog?! Wha???

    You have to stop introducing new ideas… I can barely keep up with the addition of a Facebook page! ;-)

    No speakers at the moment; will have to try back tomorrow. But wow – these Snickers cupcakes are making me drool. If I could have one candy bar, that’d be it.

    Happy week to you!



  6. Tessa — July 27, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Amazing post :) The video was very helpful and professional looking. I always hate hearing my own voice too!!


  7. Liren — July 27, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Love your site! And love the video – I think you are a natural! Well done — and these Snickers cupcakes – oh, I have a weakness for Snickers bars – these look divine!


  8. Emma @CakeMistress — July 27, 2010 at 4:10 am

    ZOMG. That Snickers cupcake is a tower of awesome!


  9. Jessica @ How Sweet — July 27, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Snickers’ has been my favorite candy since I was a kid! I need to make these right now.


  10. Tara @ Smells Like Home — July 27, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Love the vlog, Jamie!! I have a question about the large round tip. Bake It Pretty never seems to have it in stock when I look for it (and the kit is also out of stock). Is this tip larger than the Wilton 1A tip? Thanks! Looking forward to meeting you at Big Summer Potluck next month!


  11. Jen K — July 27, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Great vlog! I’ve always wondered what tips you use, just never asked. :) Keep ’em coming!


  12. Theresa — July 27, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Your vlog was exactly what I needed – a cupcake frosting lesson! Now I know exactly what tips to buy and how to use them. Thank you so much! The cupcakes look awesome too. I will bookmark them for my husband’s birthday. He LOVES Snickers.


  13. Amber — July 27, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Jamie, very very cool. I’m loving those tips from bake it pretty. I’m going to have to order those, as the biggest wilton ones I have are just not cutting it. Can’t wait to see you in 2 weeks!!


  14. LaRae — July 27, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Jaime, LOVED the Vlog—I’ve always wondered about the best ways to frost cupcakes! Thanks :)


  15. Kristen — July 27, 2010 at 9:53 am

    LOVED the Vlog! I loved seeing the two different ways you use the french tip! I’m planning to order the tips from Bake it Pretty as the ones I have just aren’t that big. And the cupcakes looks delish too!


  16. The Blue-Eyed Bakers — July 27, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Oh goodness…yes yes yes…snickers cupcakes…amazing, delicious, gorgeous!!


  17. sue mannel — July 27, 2010 at 10:19 am

    i haven’t had an appropriate breakfast yet, so i forced myself not to look at the snicker cupcakes….ok, i glanced!!! i’m not sure if i am supposed to right a comment here about the le creuset cookware, but here goes….

    the 9 qt. french oven just oozes warmth and coziness to me. think about all the family around and whatever is coming out of there you know is going to be great. have used my friends, and loved everything about it. as far as colors…..that’s a hard one. i think orange or red.

    have a happy day!

    sue :)


  18. Maria — July 27, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Love the cupcakes and I really enjoyed the Vlog! You are a star:) I wish my cupcakes would look that good!


  19. Krystle — July 27, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Oh my! I have some family that would die for these! I have a feeling I will be making these very soon!

    Loved your video as well!


  20. Cookbook Queen — July 27, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Loved the video!! And I hate how my voice sounds too, don’t we all?

    Thanks so much for the recipe, it sounds great!!


  21. Mika — July 27, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Love the recipe, love the video! You did a great job! I can’t wait to make them for my husband. . . he is a Snickers phene. This recipe will definitely be added to my go-to recipe cards. Keep them coming!


  22. Amanda — July 27, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Great video, I think your voice is perfect. These cupcakes sound wonderful too, love the caramel drizzle.


  23. Grace — July 27, 2010 at 10:56 am

    That was a great first video. I enjoyed watching it and will be adding a few tips to my collection!!!


  24. WONDERFUL PROFESSIONAL FANTASTIC! (yes I was yelling!) Great job, you sounded great, too. Loved that post!


  25. Veta — July 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing your decorating tips. I also use a piping bag with decorative tips but mine aren’t as large as the ones you use. I’ll be purchasing new ones now.
    P.S. Yes I think my voice sounds terrible but yours sounds just perfect!


  26. Chris — July 27, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Love it! I’m going to steal and adapt slightly, since I’m not a Snickers fan. But I do love Rolo’s, and I think this would be a fantastic adaptation! Just in time for my b-day too!


  27. Joanne — July 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    What I want is that snickers surprise in the center! Or maybe a 3 musketeers surprise! Or maybe I’ll just get a miniature multipack!


  28. Prerna — July 27, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Nice vlog! and that was not a muppet voice :-)
    BTW I have to say this… I love ur ring!!


    • Jamie — July 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks so much! We had it custom made to mimic the lines of one I fell in love with at Tiffany & Co.

  29. Sherry G — July 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I know exactly what you mean with the whole freezer candy thing. That’s the only way my dad enjoys his candy bars is straight out of the fridge. Your cupcakes turned out great and look sooo pretty!


  30. Linda Jean — July 27, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    This look amazing! I can’t wait to try them. Snickers are my favorite candy bar.


  31. Liz@HoosierHomemade — July 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I loved your video! Great job!
    I would love for you to add these to my Cupcake Tuesday linky party! Or even come by for a visit sometime! I have over 50 cupcakes on my Cupcake Heaven page!
    I’m also hosting a Cupcake War/Challenge the month of August, there will be fun prizes and Alan from What’s New Cupcake will be judging!
    Hope to see you there!
    Thanks much!


  32. Carolyn — July 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Beautiful job. I am saving this for future reference. I need all the tips I can get!


  33. sue mannel — July 27, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    hopefully entering the right way again for the giveaway.

    the heart shaped frecnh oven……of course red, that’s a no brainer!!!
    can you imagine chocolate lava cakes for or an anniversary. how fun!

    sue :)


  34. Jenny — July 27, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Loved the video and the tips!


  35. Steph@PlainChicken — July 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I love cheater cake recipes! These cupcakes look great. I am saving these to make for my Dad’s birthday next month!


  36. Veronica — July 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Love these cupcakes! I absolutely do NOT have anything against using a cake mix and I bake a LOT of cakes–I think doctoring up a cake mix likes this gives you even better flavor than most scratch cakes. This is a great idea–thanks for sharing and I loved the vlog. It was very professional and good quality.


  37. Christina — July 27, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks for the awesome video. You did not sound like a Muppet at all. Very informative & I think I may have to get the tips from Bake it Pretty! :-)


  38. Jessica — July 27, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Great vlog! It was very informative and pleasant. I love these cupcakes…they would be a hit wherever I took them!


  39. Anh — July 27, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Great recipe and i love that vid!!


  40. Kaitlin — July 27, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Great video!

    My step dad went through a Snickers freezing phase awhile back, but stopped recently. I think he gave up after a certain someone depleted his stash ;)

    These cupcakes sound wonderful.


  41. Chef Chuck — July 27, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Nice Job! Thank you:)


  42. Joan — July 27, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    GREAT video and recipe. Thank you so much!


  43. Tara — July 27, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Oh, I could so go for a Snickers right now..or Snickers cupcake. Excellent pictures!!


  44. Heather — July 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Yummy! Love these cupcakes and love the video! Great job! You make it look so easy.


  45. KathrynRezza — July 27, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Great video thanks for the “tips” on your tips. YUMMY cupcakes need to try them


  46. Camilla — July 27, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    for some reason I can’t watch the video, can you help me? thanks!


  47. Memoria — July 28, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Fantastic cupcakes and fantastic video. Love and appreciate your voice because it is beautiful. You are very articulate, and you explain the instructions perfectly. Thank you! Now I need to get that French tip! :)


  48. Stacy — July 28, 2010 at 1:59 am

    OMGosh! Those look DELISH! I would make those tomorrow, but I’m trying to cut back on desserts. I’m afraid that if I made them, they’d stare at me all day until I ate them! lol. I will be making them though for my husband’s birthday in October. Or maybe for my sister-in-law & her husband in September. mmmm :)


  49. Kristen — July 28, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I need all the help I can get with piping. Great video!
    Delicious looking cupcakes too!


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