Candy Bar Cupcakes with Quick and Delicious Buttercream Frosting

 I LOVE cupcakes! But, who doesnt? I also love candy bars and thought how cool and delish would it be to throw some mini candy bars in a cupcake batter!
        I also have been on the hunt for a bakery like frosting and I think I created it along with these cupcakes! Whenever I taste a cake or cupcake from a local bakery I just cant seem to figure out how they do it.  What gives the frosting that texture and delicious flavor? There are a lot of great recipes out there, and everytime I tried them I'm always a little disappointed. Some of them are with flour (which I feel is weird in a frosting) Some of them call for shortening (YUCK!), and some of them tell you to beat it 'til the sun dont shine.. and me being all about easy and fast, I dont have time for that!
       This frosting is SO EASY and super delicious! I think the whipping cream is what makes this frosting a winner! This is now the one I will always make! Give it a try and let me know what you think!  
       The cupcakes turned out really good as well. I actually tried a bunch of different kinds of candy bars. Twix, Rolos, Snickers and Milky Way. They were all great. I was sad that they do sink down to the bottom, but who cares! With the last bite of your cupcake, you get an extra surprise with a big bite of candy car! Thumbs up for me!

CANDY BAR CUPCAKES (makes 36 cupcakes)
Recipe By: Holly Lofthouse
  • 1 box (18oz) cake mix 
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • small box instant pudding (I used chocolate w/ Devils Food cake mix & vanilla w/ Vanilla cake mix)
  • 24 mini candy bars of your choice (Snickers, Milky Way, Rolos)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line mufftin tins with cupcake liners.
Mix the cake mix, eggs, oil, milk, sour cream and pudding mix together with a hand mixer. Beat on low for 30 seconds and then on medium for about 2 minutes. (Batter will be very thick)
With an ice cream scoop, fill liners about 1/3 of the way full of cake batter. Top with one candy bar. Cover candy bar with 2 tablespoons of batter so its completely covering candy bar. Repeat with all.
Place in oven and bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.

Recipe By: HollyL
  • 3 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 sticks of Butter (1 cup), room temperature  (make sure to use REAL butter)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of Whipping Cream
  •  FOR CHOCOLATE FROSTING- Add in 1/4 cup of cocoa
Mix powdered sugar and butter in a large bowl with a spatula until well combined. With a hand mixer, mix in Vanilla and Whipping cream. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes until well combined.
(For chocolate version,  add in cocoa when mixing the powdered sugar and butter together)



Brandie@thecountrycook said...

That frosting does look absolutely fantastic. I am printing it out now to make this week!! :)

carolinaheartstrings said...

That frosting looks amazing. I am going to try that. The cupcakes with candy bars are a great idea.

Mandy said...

I am absolutely trying that frosting!

HollyL said...

Let me know what you all think once you try it! I am IN LOVE with this frosting!

Peabody said...

You can never go wrong with candy in a cupcake. Yum.

marla said...

Love that you put sour cream in these cupcakes. It always adds so much to texture & flavor of baked goodies. These cupcakes sound awesome! Is that really your kitchen with the pink fridge - gorgeous!!!

foodies at home said...

No you did not! I bet these were out of this world! And I will be definitely trying out the frosting!

HollyL said...

Marla Im so glad you stopped by my blog! The pic of the kitchen is not mine... but I thought it was so cute I had to use it! : )

Val said...

Two thumbs way up high!!! I'm going to make this asap!

Kaitlin said...

If there were ever a time I wanted to reach through my screen and take something out to eat it, it's now! I love chocolate, I love cupcakes, and I love frosting..you have a winner girlfriend!

Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} said...

Ok these look SO amazing! What a fun idea. One of my greatest pleasures on earth is a good cake with a great icing/frosting. I am a frosting LOVER. So I'm super anxious to try this recipe. I'm bookmarking and will let you know when I try it! Thanks for sharing!!!

Steph said...

I am totally going to make these this weekend! What a fun recipe! I will let you know how they turn out :)

Brittney Paul said...

I LOVE your blog!! All of your recipes look soooooo yummy!! I'm very new at the "food blogging" thing...any advice on how to make mine better? how often do you post and how do you make it so cute and appealing?

Holly said...

Thanks Brittney! : ) Advice.. gosh I am pretty new to this too.. only been blogging for 5 months.. I say be yourself.. post when you can. Im a busy Momma of 3 but I still try to post every few days! : ) Have fun with it too!

Mandy said...

So I think I've figured out how to make the chocolate not sink to the bottom...Don't put it in yet. Bake the cupcakes for 5 minutes then take it out of the oven and stick in your candy bars. Put back in the oven and finish baking. Give that a try next time. Have a good day, Holly!

Holly said...

Mandy! Your a genius girl! Thanks for the idea!! : )