Snickers Cupcakes

The Story:

I live in a college town where “Dessert Parties” are the activity of choice on a Sunday night.  It’s a chance for the ladies to show off their homemaking skills and for the men to indulge in sweets and to flirt with a flock of single coeds.  Does it sound a little…bizarre?  We know.

Somehow I was in charge of providing 200 cupcake for Sunday’s gathering, and these cupcakes were gone within the first 20 minutes.[end-story]

Snickers Cupcakes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Snickers Cupcakes


1 box devil's food cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 C. oil
1 C. buttermilk
1/2 C. sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Peanut Butter Frosting:
1/2 C. butter
1/2 C. peanut butter, creamy
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3-4 C. powdered sugar
1-2 Tbsp. milk
Peanuts, Caramel and Snickers to decorate


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix into a small bowl and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine all other cake ingredients until smooth.
4. Stir in cake mix.
5. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 17-22 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
6. Frosting: Beat butter and peanut butter for 2 minutes. Scrape down bowl as needed. Add vanilla extract and slowly add powdered sugar until your frosting becomes thick. Add 1 Tbsp of milk, and beat. If needed, all more milk to keep the frosting light and fluffy rather than stiff like cookie dough.
7. Pipe buttercream onto cooled cupcakes and top with salted peanuts, caramel and Snickers.


48 thoughts on “Snickers Cupcakes

  1. 1
    Beth says:

    Finally you made a cupcake with my favorite candy bar!! Making these tonight!!

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    Jennifer says:

    Do you mind sharing what kind of caramel you used or how you made it?

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    Fatima says:

    Any other ingredient I can use to replace the sour cream? I being making almost ALL your recipes Lizzy but now I would like to replace the sour cream on the ingredients list…just wondering what can I use instead. Thanks

  4. 4
    Kathy says:

    Lizzy- do you have any idea if your recipes will work with Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free cake mixes? I have a friend who’s whole family is Celiac, and I would love to be able to make cupcakes for her birthday this week…

  5. 5
    Heather says:

    Dessert Parties??? Sounds like a regression to the 1950’s!!! lol! ;o)
    Truthfully it sounds like a lot of fun and these look wonderful!

  6. 6
    Summer says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I just made these today. Can’t wait for the family to try them!
    Also, in reply to Fatima…you can substitute plain greek yogurt for sour cream in any recipe.

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    Carissa says:

    I made these this morning for a work birthday party, like 7 of us have a birthday between today and the next few weeks! Everyone loved them!! I had to add 3Tbsp of Milk to the frosting though, I only used 3C of powdered sugar, it was very thick until I added the extra milk. They were truly amazing though!

  8. 8
    Megan says:

    So, I’ve made these cupcakes at least six times in the last two months. They are SO epic. Today I brought them in to work today, and let’s just say I think I know how to ask for my next raise! LOL! Love your cupcakes and all of the stories that go with them. Keep up the wonderful, DELICIOUS work! 🙂

  9. 9
    Maria osman says:

    Hi Lizzy, I came across your blog through pintrest and I loved it so much that I decided to make the above mentioned cupcake recipe.i have never baked in my whole life, so I was very nervous but today when I started making cupcakes, I found it to be very easy and enjoyable and they turned out great.. Thanks for such simple recipe, a person like me, can also make cupcakes now.i will definitely try other cupcakes recipes.

  10. 10
    Trisha Smith says:

    Hi there would you be able to tell me what is the ingredients in the cake mix?
    As i am from New Zealand and dont think that is accessible here.


  11. 11
    Amber says:

    Do you think I could also put a frozen snickers mini in the middle of the cupcake batter?

  12. 12
    islandprincess says:

    Hi Lizzy, can these be made ahead and used the following morning? Thanks.

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    Sofia BENNANI says:

    Hy Lizzie, your recipe seems really really incredible. But unfortunately, i leave in Morocco, so i think that we don’t have a “box devil’s food cake mix,” can you explain me what is that mean ?
    And when you wrote for example 1 C. buttermilk, what do you mean by “1 C.” Is it 1 big spoon ..or what ?
    Thank you so much Lizzie, i will really happy to give you a moroccan recipes hihihihi 🙂 !

    • 14.1

      C. stands for Cup. You can just use a replacement chocolate cake recipe and use my buttercream and topping to make these. I am workign on a cake mix substitute recipe, so watch for that in the future

  15. 15
    sondra says:

    Hello! I am making these cupcakes for my husbands 33rd birthday party, Im so excited to share with his family ! I was curious about frosting the cupcakes though, can I frost them the night before and will they hold up for the party the next day at 3pm? Thanks in advance!

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    CNA Training says:

    I love the way how you use the snickers. I can feel taste of it with the cupcake.

  17. 17
    Kiera Conway says:

    This was the first cupcake recipe i have EVER tried and i can tell you, i was definitely not dissapointed!
    I have never had a chocolate cake so moist and though i was skeptical with the peanut butter frosting at first (not a fan of peanut butter!), it was LUSH.
    Could you post a cupcake recipe based on a sweet or something? I was thinking of making a cupcake platter based on different candy bars/sweets etc (i will use this, the rolo cupcakes, the m&ms and the butterfinger cupcake recipe).
    Thank you!

    • 17.1

      I do have a bunch of candy bar themed cupcakes up already including the ones you listed and also Take 5 and Heath bars. If you have a specific one in mind you want me to do, email me!

      • Kiera Conway says:

        I was wondering (i am not entirely sure myself how these can be put together!), maybe some cupcakes along the lines of crunchie (the honeycomb centered one), aero, maybe even kit-kat (quite unsure about this one!). Maybe something simillar to bueno (the hazlenut filled chocolate).
        I am quite a dreamer; fantasizing about cupcakes has become a hobby!!!
        If the ones above are a bit too crazy, could you maybe post a tutorial or a set of instructions that show how to incorporate fruit into frosting? The other day, i tried to make a kiwi frosting for some chocolate cakes i had baked simply because they were available. But when i made the frosting, the kiwi sort of spereated from the frosting and it seemed quite hard and was virtually non-pipable (is that word?!).
        Do you have any ideas?

        Love from one of your biggest fans!
        Kiera x

        • Using fruit cane be tricky because it has so much moisture it can cause the frosting to “separate.” I look for concentrated flavors like in gelatins (jello), puddings, extracts, even juice powder.

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    Valerie says:

    Do you ever freeze your cupcakes, I’m having a graduation party and wanted to get some things done beforehand. Obviously I’d do the icing the day-of. Let me know about freezing the cupcakes.

    • 18.1

      I do not freeze cupcakes, but the way to do it is let them cool all the way, then put them in tupperware to freeze. If you are layering them, use parchment paper between rows of cupcakes.

      • Valerie says:

        I did let them cool, I put them in a large freezer bag and keep them flat. I hope that was okay!!! I’ll let you know how they do!!! Yikes I made three different kind, I’ve done your cupcakes before but haven’t frozen any before. Do you think they will dry out??. Wish me luck!!!

  19. 19
    Kiera Conway says:

    Ok, so i am in a sort of dilemma!
    Basically, i know that this recipe requires devil food cake mix, so i usually purchase the betty crocker mixes as i know they are good quality and they are the only ones i can get my hands on. But recently, there has been a reduction in the prices and the usual cake mix (which is actually intended for a full cake, but i buy it for my cupcakes anyway), has gone to £2, it used to be £2.50.
    At first i was really happy, i mean, the price has gone down! woo-hoo! But then next to it, there was another mix, called ‘devils food cupcake mix’. This was only £1.91 and unlike the other mix, it not only includes the mix, but it also has cupcake-cases, sprinkles and icing included!!!!

    Thanks, kiera 🙂

    • 19.1

      The cake mix and cupcake came mix should essentially be the same, just packaged differently. If the cupcake recipe makes 20-24 cupcakes then great! If it makes only 12 cupcake, then you will need to use only HALF of the added ingredients I have on the list. I hope that makes sense, you’ll do fine!!!!

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    Shendy says:

    Lizzy, how many snikers needed for one recipe ?

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    Natalie says:

    Hey! I make these and they were wonderful! The only problem I had was the frosting. I started with 3 cups of powered sugar then put in in a lot of milk! I didn’t even measure but so on after that it was a little I added more peanut butter (about 1/2 cup) and 2 cups of powered sugar! It turned out great! I use like a decorator to frost my cupcakes and I was wondering if you would prefer a bad instead? Thanks so much !

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    Megan says:

    Hi Lizzie,
    I love all of your recipes and I use them quite frequently. Do you have any suggestions on how to cut this in half? From 24 to 12? Most of the ingridents are simple to figure out but my concern are the eggs. Do I just use one egg or two?

    Again thank you for posting all of these amazing cupcake recipes!

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    Lilli says:

    OMG made these last year for my birthday, doubled the batch and they were all gone. So addicting gonna make this into a cake this year for my friends and I! ❤️ Best thing ever.. Dieting thrown out the window! I reckon

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    Jasmine says:

    This looks really good and I’m going to try to make it as soon as I get home

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