Snickers Cupcakes

I have never understood the gourmet cupcake craze.


Don’t get me wrong—I understand the appeal of cupcakes themselves. Bite-sized cakes, with a 50/50 frosting ratio, adorably petite, so cute they’re practically batting Disney princess eyes at you, and socially acceptable to eat as an afternoon snack? That I get.

What I don’t get is paying upwards of $3.50 for said cupcake, and waiting in crazy long lines for them, and fetishizing the shops that sell them. It’s just some cake in a cute paper wrapper. Maybe with a scattering of sprinkles or a fondant doodad on top. Let’s all calm down now.


So here’s whatcha do. Instead of spending $40 on a dozen fancy-shmancy cupcakes, take those two twenties and go to the store. Buy a bag of miniature Snickers, and some caramels, and some peanuts if you don’t already have them. Take the remaining money, and buy yourself some slippers and a pair of loose sweatpants, or maybe a Slanket. You are going to want to get verrrrry comfortable when you enjoy these Snickers cupcakes.


These beauties start with a moist, rich chocolate cupcake. Use the best cocoa you can find, please, because a cupcake made with pale, tasteless cocoa is no kind of cupcake at all. The cakes are hollowed out and filled with a peanut-studded caramel, then they’re topped with peanut-marshmallow frosting that mimics the peanut nougat found in a Snickers bar.

Are we finished, you ask? Not remotely! Top them with a big drizzle of hot fudge sauce, a scattering of salted peanuts, and a chunk of a Snickers bar. Oh, you fancy thing. Resist the urge to sell them to your friends and coworkers for $3.50 apiece and instead bask in the knowledge that you created an edible masterpiece. Snuggle into your Slanket in triumph.


An apology: It wasn’t until the cupcakes were gone that I realized I didn’t get a picture of the interior. This may or may not be because I could barely wait to finish photographing them before diving in face-first. (No comment.) But I trust you can use your imaginations and picture a fluffy, moist chocolate cake surrounding soft caramel and crunchy peanuts. These really are insanely, epically good. If you’re a lover of candy bars, and a lover of excess, and a lover of cupcakes the size of your face, you are going to be a lover of this recipe.


Recipe notes: If the store-bought caramels you’re using are very stiff, you might want to increase the amount of cream to 1/2 cup to make sure that the filling is nice and soft. No one wants to chomp on a big hunk of hard caramel in their cupcake! The pretty cupcake wrappers I used are called tulip cups. These particular ones are by PaperChef, and they can be found on Amazon, among other places.

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Snickers Cupcakes
yield: 14 cupcakes
Chocolate cupcake recipe adapted from Barefoot Contessa at Home by Ina Garten

For the Cupcakes:
1 3/4 cups (7.8 oz) all-purpose flour
1 cup (3 oz) good-quality cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup full-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
1/2 cup full-fat sour cream, at room temperature
2 tbsp water (can substitute brewed coffee for richer flavor)
6 oz butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup (4.75 oz) granulated sugar
2/3 cup (5 oz) lightly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tbsp vanilla extract

For the Caramel-Peanut Filling:
14 oz store-bought soft caramels
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped

For the Peanut-Marshmallow Frosting:
8 oz butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup cream
4 cups (1 lb) powdered sugar
7 oz jar marshmallow cream

To Finish:
1/2 cup chocolate fudge sauce or chocolate ganache
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
7 fun-size Snickers bars, cut in half or coarsely chopped

To Make the Cupcakes:
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 14 cupcake cavities with paper liners.

In a bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl or large mixing cup, whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, and water (or coffee).

In the bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugars until they’re light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, then add the vanilla extract.

With the mixer running on low speed, add a quarter of the dry ingredients. When it’s mostly mixed in, add a third of the liquid ingredients. Continue to alternate adding drys and liquids, ending with the dry ingredients. When the drys are almost all mixed in and only a few streaks of flour remain, stop the mixer and finish mixing by hand with a spatula. Scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl.

Scoop the batter into the lined cupcake pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 22-25 minutes, until the tops of the cupcakes spring back when lightly pressed. Cool completely.

To Make the Filling:
Don’t make the filling until you’re ready to fill the cupcakes. Combine the caramels, cream, and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring well after every 30 seconds. They may resist melting and coming together at first, but continue to stir and heat until you have a smooth, fluid  mixture. Add the chopped peanuts and stir them in.

To Make the Frosting:
Combine the butter and peanut butter in the bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, cream, and powdered sugar, and mix on low speed until the sugar is moistened. Raise the speed to medium, and continue to beat until the mixture lightens and becomes fluffy and smooth. Add the marshmallow cream and stir it in by hand using a rubber spatula, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl well.

Once the frosting is well-mixed, spoon it into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip.

Use a sharp paring knife to cut a cone-shaped hole  out of the top of the cupcakes. Scoop the caramel-peanut filling into the hole, coming almost all the way to the top. Cut the bottom off of the cupcake cone, and replace the top of the cupcake on top of the caramel. (The cupcake filling can be eaten or thrown away—I trust you will find something to do with it.) If the caramel starts to get a little hard to work with, microwave it briefly until it is fluid again.

Once all of the cupcakes are filled, pipe the frosting on top in one big decorative swirl. Add a drizzle of fudge sauce or chocolate ganache, a sprinkling of chopped peanuts, and half of a fun-sized Snickers bar on top. Store Snickers Cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature, and enjoy within 3-4 days.

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95 Responses to Snickers Cupcakes
  1. Liz says:

    I think you secretly made these for me! ;) I love Snickers and I never understood the big deal with lining up for cupcakes or paying a ridiculous amount for one. These, on the hand, I would line up for! Love the caramel-y filling inside. I would save that for last!

    • Elizabeth says:

      I totally did! I mean, I didn’t really have a plan for how I would get them to you, and I accidentally on purpose ate them before I could deliver them, but still…for you! Cheers! :)

  2. Frida says:

    Well, these just put my Snickers cupcakes to shame! but, I can’t help but love these, so I forgive you ;) and a peanut-marshmallow frosting sounds kinda genius.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Frida! The frosting is actually great. A bit sweet (duh) but also with a nice subtle peanut flavor, perfect for when you don’t want your peanut frosting overwhelming all the other elements on your cake or cupcake.

  3. I think I need a new pair of loose pants. These cupcakes are definitely worth the weight gain. Oh Em Geee, They look AH-mazing!!!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Haha, that’s why yoga pants were invented! Not to do yoga, but to help us all eat crazy amounts of cupcakes instead.

  4. Wow…I am speechless. They look absolutely amazing!

  5. These look amazing! That frosting and chocolate ganache – yum!!

  6. Medeja says:

    Oh wow. I wouldn’t resist such cupcakes. That filling is fantastic!

  7. That filling! OMG these are totally stunning!

  8. Danguole says:

    And dare I say, most of the time the $3.50 cupcake isn’t very good? Like, lemme pay you for (1) cake mix (2) loads of dye (3) cutesiness? Nooooo, thanks. It makes me grumpy… Where’s my slanket and Haterade?

    THESE, though… I like. I like them very much, and I want to eat that caramel filling with a spoon. So, even though you got a little impatient, I wouldn’t even have made it that far!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Preach, girl! I’m right there with you, slanket and Haterade in hand…plus I brought us some night cheese. Let us feast!

  9. Um these look totally amazing. And I mean if you’re going to make me choose a favorite candy bar it’s a Snickers and putting in cupcake form makes me uber happy. That way I can have my candy and a cake all in one sitting. Delicious!

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  11. Elizabeth, I totally agree with you about making goodies at home from scratch – so much more satisfying, less expensive and often tastier!
    But I have to tell you… I would easily spend more than $3.50 for one of your cupcakes:)

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hah, I think the reason I could never make a go of baking for profit (from my home kitchen) is that I would feel too bad about charging decent money for anything! I know I’d need to make a profit but it always feels like highway robbery…too much of a softy I guess. :)

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  13. Thank you so much for dropping by earlier. Your blog is so beautiful and colorful! If you even knew my affinity for Snickers…I can’t even. Gorgeous cupcakes, Elizabeth.


  14. Sarah says:

    Oh, hi there, snickers cupcakes? What’s that? You want me to have your babies? Oh, take a girl out to dinner first…
    Just kidding, of course I will.

  15. Looking at these pictures.. hearing you describe them… my jaw.. it left an imprint on the carpet.

    I feel like if I were to try talking right now I’d be a stuttering mess. These look absolutely amazing! Snickers are easily my favorite candy bar and it looks like this is the official cupcake of snickers. So so sooooo great.

    And btw, those crazy, overpriced, hippie cupcake shops? Looks like their market is crashing!

    • Elizabeth says:

      “The official cupcake of Snickers”–love it! Totally adding that branding to all merchandise going forward.

      Also, thanks for the link! I have seriously been predicting this for years. How many cupcake shops can this flagging economy sustain, anyhow?!

  16. Jill says:

    Oh my goodness, these look far better than an actual Snickers bar, and so much more tempting than a “gourmet” cupcake. The frosting sounds fantastic!

  17. hi! absolutely fully need to be taste cupcakes you have it all my favorite in there, chocolate, caramel, peanuts and snickers…yum-yum

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  19. sweet-lab says:

    I agree with you 100%! I live in D.C., home of Georgetown Cupcakes (or DC Cupcakes if you watch it on TLC). I just don’t get it…The line of customers goes out the door, up the street, and in some cases around the block. I would also rather make cupcakes at home and avoid all that mess, especially if those cupcakes are these dangerously delicious-looking snickers cupcakes!

  20. Monica says:

    These cupcakes look delicious! And your presentation is really enticing. Love it! (:

  21. zufik says:

    They look aaaaaaaaaaaa!:)

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  24. cristy says:

    I love your cupcakes but tell me about the liners????? where did you find them or did you make them?

  25. MrsEOCRet says:

    I absolutely LOVE Snickers so I can’t wait to try this recipe. I know what you mean about the gourmet cupcake craze. My friends’ sister does cakes, etc for a living. I tried one of her “beautiful to look at” cupcakes and found it to be fairly plain, dry and disappointing. I didn’t finish it. I’ll bet these are fantastic!

  26. haf says:

    Hi elizabeth
    for the filling you mention that you used caramel bars… in the UK we get caramel in a tin and its medium to thick in consistency…. Can I just use that and just put in the peanuts or …. And oooh a another thing we don’t get marshmallow cream so can I Leave that out?
    I will really appreciate if you answer to the above
    ps. Your cakes look aaaaah-mazing! I am gobsmacked and can’t wait to try out these mouth watering recipes of yours! Tc x

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Haf! Yes, you can use the tinned caramel. If it seems like it might be too thick to easily bite/chew in the middle of a cupcake, you can add a little cream to it to thin it out, but in general it sounds like that will work well.

      Regarding the marshmallow cream, you can leave it out without any problems. Your frosting might not be quite as light and airy, but it’ll still be a good peanut butter frosting! Please let me know how they turn out, and I hope you enjoy them! Thanks for visiting my site. :)

    • Karen Hilton says:

      Hi Haf,
      We can get marshmallow cream in uk,its called its called,’fluff’,you can get it in some supermarkets or on line at,’firebox’.

  27. Heather says:

    BEST frosting EVER! I bake a lot and this may be my new favorite “go-to” cupcake recipe. It is certainly labor intensive, but who cares when you have such great results! Thanks for the super recipe and great directions!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Awesome! So glad you loved them, Heather! Sometimes the little extra effort is worth it–if you’re going to have cupcakes, you might as well go big, right?

  28. Allison says:

    I made these for an office cupcake baking competition and am pleased to say I won! Thanks for the great recipe! I do have to say they took an awful long time to make, but they are simply fantastic (especially the filling and frosting)! I will definitely make again!

  29. Cath says:

    OMG this is totally awesome! I will try them when I’m at home! :D <3 I'm so in love!

  30. liz says:

    How high did you fill the tulip cups when you baked the cupcakes? They look amazing, thanks for sharing!!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Liz, I filled them about 2/3 full (so, about as much as you’d fill a regular cupcake liner.) The tulip cups are much higher than regular liners so the cupcakes don’t come up over the top, but that’s what piles of frosting are for. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  31. ed says:

    just made cupcakes I baked them at the tie and temp stated when I pulled them out they seem runny so I cooked them for five more min turned out same way is that how there they are supposed to be or did I do something wrong

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Ed, Sounds like something went wrong. The cupcakes shouldn’t be runny. It’s hard to know from your description if they were just underbaked, and needed more time, or if something went wrong with the recipe. The cake batter should be fairly thick (not thin and pour-able, but thick enough to scoop) when you make it, and when they’re baked the cupcakes should have a light, springy texture that bounces back when you gently press on the top. So there may have been a mis-measurement with the ingredients, or your oven may have been below temp and they needed more time. One thing that might be helpful is to use an oven thermometer, if you don’t have one already. It can tell you if your oven runs hot or cold, so you know you need to adjust recipes. (Mine runs about 25 F hot, usually.) They’re about $5 at a grocery store.

  32. Joleen says:

    I just made these cupcakes and
    They are super rich!! I think I would leave the peanuts out of the filling if I make them again. It’s too much in my opinion. With that said, they taste just like a Snicker bar and were good.

  33. SSZ says:

    Hi I was about to make these but was wondering, if I make them in advance will the caramel inside the cupcake get hard if I leave it at room temperature? And is it better to fill right before serving for a warmer caramel?

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi, You can make them in advance! The caramel won’t flow out of the cupcake, but it shouldn’t get hard–it should be sort of chewy. If you’re worried you can add more cream (maybe up to 1/2 c?) to the caramel when you’re heating it, to make it more fluid so that it will set looser.

  34. Shannon says:

    I love this post! I feel the same way about paying for a cupcake. What’s the point when I can make it myself. My husband & I are a great team in the kitchen when it comes to baking. I have on 2 occassions paid $3.50+ for a cupcake, the first time the cake was dry, but the frosting was AMAZING! The 2nd time was just a flat out disappointment. I have since made my own take on that first cupcake (Salted Caramel) and it turned out pretty tasty. I will likely be trying a version of Snickers cupcakes next week for a co-workers birthday as this is her favorite candy bar.

  35. Gen says:

    So I cheated and used cake mix for the cupcake part. These turned out amazing. Everyone loves them! Thanks!!!

  36. Kim says:

    These Snickers Cupcakes looks so good. I want to make them for bake-off Contest that we have at work.but I have one question, cause I don’t want to mess them up. What kind of cream is it in the frosting, it says 1/4 cup cream? thank you

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Kim, Anything labeled “heavy cream” or “whipping cream” will work. (Actually, even milk might work, but I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure.) Good luck in the bake-off–if you win come back and let me know!

      • Kim says:

        Thank you…..And YAY me I did get 1st place in the contest at work. We only win bragging rights for the year. Also I wanted to let you know that I used the same filling and covered it with white and Choc Choc, it was delicious. Thank you again for the great recipe.

  37. Andrew says:

    So looking at the amount of ingredients and how many it says it makes, how many standard 2 inch cupcakes would it make or is the 14 based on that size cupcake?

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Andrew,

      The yield is pretty much the same. These look giant because of the tall liners and the gobs of frosting, but they’re baked in normal cupcake pans, and I used the same scoop I use for my regular cupcakes. You might be able to stretch it to 16, but I’d say 14-16 is what you’ll get.

  38. Matt says:

    Hello. I have a quick question and sorry if it has already been posted. What size pan did you use for these? I made these recently and mine look so small compared to yours. I added a little extra mix to the pans but they shrunk just a little after cooling. I’m not sure if maybe I over mixed or over cooked. Thank you :)

    BTW They are very good and have a great chocolate flavor. I love it!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Matt, I used a regular sized muffin pan for them, but I think the combination of the tall cupcake liners and the big swirl of frosting on top makes them look bigger than they actually are! How many cupcakes did you get out of the batch? I got 14 cupcakes out of it–if you got significantly more, then you were probably using less batter than I was. Sorry about the disappointing size, but I’m glad you liked the flavor!

  39. Liz says:

    I made an attempt at these last week and for some reason my frosting was MUCH too thick to pipe. It was also more in line with the colour of peanut butter than yours look. Any thoughts as to how it turned out like this? The only thing I can think that it might be is the cream I used in the frosting. I used Double Cream (UK) and I’m wondering if maybe a thinner cream might be needed for the consistency.
    Either that or i’ve made a grave error in technique somewhere along the way!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Liz,
      I think the cream was definitely the problem! Marshmallow cream is actually not very close to “real” cream at all–it’s a light, fluffy, sweet product that is sort of loosely related to marshmallows. So substituting double cream would give you a very different result! I used marshmallow cream because I wanted to mimic the fluffy texture of peanut butter nougat in a Snickers. I imagine it might be a hard product for you to find, so if you can’t track it down then substituting a different peanut butter frosting recipe is probably your best bet. Good luck!
      P.S. There is a very similar product called Marshmallow Fluff that can also work in this recipe–just letting you know in case you come across it in your search. :)

      • Liz says:

        I actually did use Marshmallow Fluff in the frosting. Sorry, by cream I meant the 1/4 cup cream that the frosting recipe called for in addition to the 7oz jar of Marshmallow Fluff. So I used the full jar of sticky Marshmallow Fluff and a 1/4 cup of double cream (which i guess might be heavy cream in the states? It’s generally used to whip to stiff peaks but can be left liquidy in recipes too).
        I was wondering if it was the 1/4 cup of double cream that might have been too thick, as it is far thicker than say, milk or something. Do you think this could have been the issue?

        • Elizabeth says:

          Of course–I was being dumb. Sorry about that! Now that I actually understand, I’m not sure the cream is the problem. I haven’t tried it with double cream but it works just fine with heavy cream (which is what I usually use) and which is a pretty decent double cream substitute. What kind of peanut butter did you use? Natural peanut butter is not going to work as well as the kinds with the unhealthy palm oils. :) And is it possible it wasn’t beaten long enough to get light and fluffy?

  40. dana says:

    Hello! I am planning to make these cupcakes in a day or two. I have been looking everywhere for full fat buttermilk. I can only find low fat. Do you think this will be ok?

  41. Ty says:

    Where can one find store brought caramel? I looked in Walmart and all I could find was the little jars of butterscotch caramel…maybe I was over looking it?

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Ty, I usually find it in the baking aisle, near the chocolate chips and packaged nuts. You may also have luck looking in the candy section. You’re looking for the small individually wrapped caramel squares, like the type from Brach’s or Kraft.

  42. Blackbaker says:

    This looks sooooooo delicious! I grew fat juist by gawking at them!

  43. Nat says:

    Oh god, these are real master pieces! they look amazing! I’m so going to make them for my snickers addict boyfriend this year

  44. Sara says:

    I made these cupcakes a few weeks ago and everyone loved them (my dad’s coworker didn’t believe they weren’t professionally made). I really liked the frosting and would like to adapt it for other flavors of cupcakes. Can I just leave the peanut butter out, or does it need to be replaced with something else? Thanks!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Sara, that’s great to hear! So glad that the cupcakes worked well for you! The peanut butter’s a pretty big component of the frosting, so you shouldn’t omit it without tweaking some of the other elements. It sounds like a marshmallow cream frosting might be what you’d like, which has butter, powdered sugar, and marshmallow cream, in different ratios than in this recipe. Here’s one example:

  45. Chaia says:

    Hi! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. I made them for my husband’s 30th birthday and they were a huge hit! They are so rich – I only took a couple bites of one and that was enough for me.

    The filling is wonderful and so is the frosting – I absolutely love peanut butter.

    I will certainly make them again for a special occasion. I also found them to not be so time consuming as others mentioned – just a couple extra steps from a regular batch of cupcakes.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Chaia, I’m so glad to hear that you guys enjoyed the cupcakes–thanks for letting me know! And happy birthday to your husband! :)

  46. Alice says:

    I searched for a snickers cupcake for ages & found this one, they were awesome & everyone loved them so thanks! :)

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  48. Cindy says:

    I made these for a girl’s birthday at work, she loves snicker bars. They were a big hit and everyone loved them but one thing, my carmel obsorbed into the cake. When you bit into the cupcake there was only peanuts. I used the little squared carmel candies and did not add all the cream, just a little at a time until it was a consistency of a real thick surup. Using a cup measure I was unsure of the oz. I had, because candies have space between them. Perhaps the consistency needed to be thicker? I will definitely make them again.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Cindy, I’m glad that the cupcakes were a hit, but am sorry that the caramel gave you a little trouble. What was the consistency of the caramel? How far in advance were they assembled? I’ve had very runny caramel absorb into cakes before, but haven’t had that experience with these cupcakes, maybe because I’ve kept the caramel to a thicker consistency.

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  50. ann says:

    Do I have to use whipping cream in the frosting can I leave cream out or use something similar

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Ann, you can substitute milk for the cream. I wouldn’t recommend leaving it out altogether, it would probably be a little stiff that way.

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