Butterfinger Milkshake Cupcakes

The Story:
         Going to Dairy Queen was a huge treat as a child.  My father would always get a chocolate dipped cone and take a huge bite out of it with his teeth and I would stare in amazement than his teeth didn’t freeze and fall off.  My brothers would get blizzards and end up poking each other and yelling “copy cat” as they decided their flavors.  And I would always get the Peanut Buster Parfait and end up with chocolate all over my face.  I was 8 and I would eat the entire thing and still try to steal a taste of my brother’s blizzard. 
         I don’t go to Dairy Queen much any more, and it’s been years since I have had a Peat Buster Parfait.  But when I go, I always go for the Butterfinger Blizzard. 
Caramel Sauce
6 tablespoons butter
¾ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon water
pinch salt
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon evaporated milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
Chocolate Cake
Devil’s Food Cake Mix
3 eggs
½ cup water
¼ cup milk
½ cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
½ can sweetened condensed milk
Caramel Sauce (homemade recipe above or store bought)
                                                                              Butterfinger Buttercream
                                                                              4 Butterfingers
                                                                              ¾ cup butter
                                                                              4 oz cream cheese
                                                                              1 ½- 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
                                                                              1 tablespoon milk
1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffins tins with cupcake liners.
2.    If not using store bought caramel, make caramel by heating the butter, brown sugar, water and salt and let boil for 3-5 minutes while stirring constantly.  Remove from heat, pour into evaporated and stir in vanilla.  Set aside.
3.    Cake:  Lightly beat eggs, water, milk, and oil together.  Stir in vanilla and sour cream and cake mix.
4.    Fill cupcake liners ¾ full and bake for 13-18 minute or until a knife comes out clean. 
5.    While cupcakes are in the oven, mix sweetened condense milk and caramel sauce together.  Pour into a squeeze bottle with a small tip if available.
6.   While cupcake are still hot, fill with condensed milk/caramel mixture by pushing the tip of the squeeze bottle into them (I put several holes in the top of mine.  It can look ugly because you will cover it up later).  Or use a knife to cute out a shallow hole at the top of each cupcake and spoon              mixture into the hole.
7.    Keep cupcakes in airtight containers until ready to decorate. 
8.   Butterfinger Buttercream:  Here comes the tricky part… Unwrap the Butterfingers and do your best to shave off the chocolate layer.  Take the orange middles and crush in a bowl on in a plastic bag.  Sift as much of the candy as possible.  You want to get about ½ cup of orange Butterfinger powder. 
9.   Beat butter and cream cheese for 5 minutes.  Add as much powdered sugar      as desired and milk.  Add the sifted Butterfinger and beat well. 
10.Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and use the chocolate shavings and the parts that were too big to sift to decorate.   

45 thoughts on “Butterfinger Milkshake Cupcakes

  1. 1
    Splendid Things says:

    Oh my! I found your blog by way of Your Home Based Mom and am so glad I did! These look so, so yummy. Looking forward to browsing your past recipes. Cheers~ J

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    Ruth says:

    More devil's food cake based recipes are welcome around my place anytime! Thanks for sharing. This looks like a good one!

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    Jess says:

    Those look wonderful! The caramel filling sounds the best to me, I'm guessing it makes them super moist and I can just imagine it oozing out! What a creative way to make the buttercream as well!

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    Clark says:

    I've had the privilege of sampling everything on this blog, and these are easily my favorite.

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    The Addicted Baker says:

    Schnazy idea. I'm not a fan of butterfingers but my dad is, so maybe for his birthday I will make him these. I bet though that you could switch any candy bar like twix or snickers.

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    pattyb says:

    Mercy! sounds awesome! I know from experience that if you let the butterfinger get warm…the chocolate comes right off on the wrapper! No need to shave! Thanks for posting!

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    Star from Star's Flour Power says:

    Lizzy you inspire me!! I awarded you the Stylish Blogger Award.Love your recipes. 😉

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    Splendid Things says:

    Is there a certain brand of Devils Food Cake that you recommend?

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    Lizzy Mae says:

    Splended Things- I tend to use Pillsbury or Duncan Hines

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    Monica says:

    Lizzy, I made the lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting for my family on Sunday. They were pretty much amazing, the best part of the day. Hope you don't mind, I was going to share your link on my blog.

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    emilia. says:

    yesssssssss. i'm so excited. thank you for letting me know!

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    Kate says:

    I am with your dad on the Dairy Queen dipped cone but I do love butterfinger and these look unreal! I wish I could have one right now! Thanks for sharing!

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    Mark says:

    Wow! These look so delicious! I too have very fond memories of going to Dairy Queen as a kid. I still get excited when I see one along the highway. Great website!

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    Spicie Foodie says:

    Congrats on the Foodbuzz top 9 today! These are so pretty and look amazing.

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    carrots says:

    These are gorgeous!!! Congratulations on top 9!!

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    The Old Geezer says:

    Greetings from Southern California

    I added myself to follow your blog.
    I invite you to follow my blog.

    God Bless You 🙂

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    glen. denise. vince. mckee. ADAMS says:

    those look amazing.
    so i just started reading your blog. i had some nutella that i wanted to use and i thought to make nutella cupcakes. i googled "nutella cupcakes" and your blog came up. so i made the cupcakes…AMAZING. mine didn't turn out as pretty as yours, so i posted pictures of yours {http://funwiththeadams.blogspot.com/2011/04/sweet-goodness-of-love.html} but yes, so so good. anyways i was looking for some other cupcakes to try and i came across this recipe that i think you should make. i'm sure you would make them look just as amazing. {http://www.kevinandamanda.com/whatsnew/new-recipes/chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-cupcakes.html} also i'm not sure if you've ever see the "our best bites" blog. they have 2 amazing frosting recipes…{http://www.ourbestbites.com/2010/05/chocolate-frosting/} and the other one is {http://www.ourbestbites.com/2008/09/perfect-cupcake-frosting-and-filling/} anyways, i hope you don't think this is weird…i just thought i'd share…i've made both and they are amazing!
    okay love your blog…thanks for sharing your talents.

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    Lisa @ Tarte du Jour says:

    Butterfingers were my all time favorite candy bar growing up. I used to bargain with my sister for her Butterfingers at halloween time. These cupcakes look luscious! Well done on the top nine!

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    Nippon Nin says:

    This looks delicious and a cute story. Your strawberry butter cream cup cake looks wonderful too!

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    esther says:

    Can you stop reading my mind? Butterfinger blizzards are my FAVORITE. I always get them when I go, and when I don't, when I decide to branch out and try something else, I find myself missing my good ol' BB.
    Needless to say, I'll be making these. Thank youuu!

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    Anonymous says:

    What tip did you use to frost your cupcakes?


  22. 22
    Lizzy Mae says:

    I used tip Ateco 856

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    Allison says:

    I seriously can't believe how awesome these look…actually, the same goes for all of your other recipes, too. Thanks for fueling my cupcake addiction!

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    Craig says:

    I was wondering where I am should use the 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk at the end of the cake ingredients?

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    Lizzy Mae says:

    Craig- mix the sweetened condensed milk with the caramel and fill the warm cupcakes with it.

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    Megan Elle says:

    Lizzy- where do I pick up those great squeeze bottles for this project? Thanks

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    Lizzy Mae says:

    Megan- I got mine from a wholesale restaurant place. They shouldn't be too hard to find… maybe even check a craft store like hobby lobby or michael's is you get desperate. They are fabulous to have!

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    Jana says:

    I made these today for a party (along with the lemon blueberry cupcakes)…these were a BIG hit!! Everyone just loved them. They were DIVINE!!

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    Majka says:

    I love your doctored cake mix recipe. I just wonder how long do you mix it together. "Cake: Lightly beat eggs, water, milk, and oil together. Stir in vanilla and sour cream and cake mix."
    I already did your recipe 4-5 times – always great with a beautiful doom which I usually do not get with mixes except last time. They were looking great but after taking them from the oven, every cupcake did sink in the middle. What could go wrong? Please, let me know about that mixing time.

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    Lizzy Mae says:

    Majka, I always mix cake mix recipes by hand, so I really don't mix long, only until things are incorporated. Cupcakes usually fall for two reasons, you over beat your eggs or you are opening the oven too much to check them. I hope that helps!

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    Majka says:

    Thank you so much for the answer! I think I did over beat the eggs.
    I can't wait for some more recipes from you! 🙂 You are doing a great job. Love it.

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    Jennifer says:

    I made these yesterday, everyone loved them!! They reminded me a lot of Better Than Sex cake!

    One thing I did differently is after I shaved off the chocolate on the Butterfingers (which is pretty easy as long as you start by cutting off the sides. Then the top and bottom chocolate pieces pop off pretty easily.) I put the orange centers into a food processor to make finer pieces to mix into the frosting.

    Thanks for another GREAT recipe!

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    Sherry says:

    I just made these! They are awesome! I did find that if you freeze the butterfingers that it makes taking the chocolate off a whole lot easier. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

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    Brandi says:

    Im making these tomorrow, but I did a little before hand prep work today. First the chocolate comes off super easy if frozen before hand. Also, I have a micro grater that works great to make the butterfinger powder. Since the candy is flaky, it kinda of comes apart on top of the grater a bit, but I saved that along with the chocolate to use as a garnish.

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    These are delish! I saw them on Pinterest and HAD to make them. I just made them tonight, Sept 5, 2012 and they are SO good. I made them for a friends party so of course I had to Q.C. and it was sooo hard not to eat more than one. Only oopsie I made was I didn’t crush the pieces fine enough so they’d get stuck in my tip. I WILL be making these again. Thank you for sharing this fabulous recipe.

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    Chowhound says:

    First blog I’ve seen in ages that doesn’t have a bunch of smarmy bs from the author trying too hard to be funny about mundane things in their lives that I don’t care about or have any interest in knowing. This post is refreshing–just some honest family memories presented through engaging writing, and then straight to a great recipe. Thanks!! 🙂

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    Vanessa says:

    These look awesome! I am going to make this into a layer cake for my brother. Does the caramel filling firm up at all? Is it the consistency of the sweetened condensed milk? I wanted to know because I will be using it as the filling for the cake. Thank you so much for your wonderful recipes!! 🙂 I love your website!

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    Lissa says:

    These were absolutely the best cupcake I’ve ever had. I have made many of the recipes on here and each one has been delicious, but this one was incredible. From the cake to the caramel sauce to the buttercream, pure heaven in the form of a cupcake. Lizzy, you are awesome at what you do and are very talented. Thank you for sharing your ideas 🙂

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    shanyk says:

    Omg, cant wait to make these. I have been on your blog site for a little over an hour. And have found so many recipes that I will use for my daughters birthdays…

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