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Candy Bar Cupcakes Recipe

Candy Bar Cupcakes Recipe

Everyone in my family loves cupcakes, so I experimented to create these cupcakes that fit my family's tastes. I also tried to make them healthier. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:18 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces fat-free cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Snickers candy bars (2.07 ounces each), finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, buttermilk, oil and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended.
  • 2. For filling, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg; mix well. Stir in the candy bars.
  • 3. Fill paper-lined muffin cups one-third full with batter. Drop filling by tablespoonfuls into the center of each cupcake (cups will be about half full). Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the filling comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. For frosting, in a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar. Bring to a boil; cook for two minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; stir in the milk, then confectioners' sugar. Cool until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 250 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 248mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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luigimon User ID: 1692040 99107
Reviewed May. 10, 2014

"These were okay......I didn't frost them, as I liked how they looked when they came out of the oven, but I think they need the frosting. And I may have over baked them. I will make these again, but with the frosting and will watch my bake time. Sorry if this review doesn't help anyone else, but I need it as a reminder for my recipe box, for when I make them again."

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 164341
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"could use a different candy bar because of peanut allergies and/or ease of cutting up the candy. Frosting very good but even with cooling consistency was not as pictured for volume of swirls on cupcakes. 20 min max baking time"

Snurple12 User ID: 6125704 144431
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2012

"Delicious! My family Loved them!"

cooklikegrma User ID: 6376081 99988
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"With the cream cheese filling, do the cupcakes need to be stored refrigerated?"

harland User ID: 2510912 99105
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"These cupcakes are fantastic--so moist! I made 2 changes--used dark chocolate cocoa powder and reduced-fat cream cheese. The icing is delicious, too!"

vlb3847 User ID: 3605248 144396
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010


bakersqueen User ID: 5652390 99987
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"Forgot to give it a 5 star!"

bakersqueen User ID: 5652390 166852
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"I make and decorate cupcakes all the time. This is a winning cupcake, not easy to make at all..simple, actually. Just a few steps, but oh so worth it. I will add this too my file, they were very good."

Jessieb1982 User ID: 4499533 180768
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2010

"My family enjoyed these cupcakes!!"

tami1352 User ID: 1543572 180766
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2009

"I agree, too much trouble for a cupcake. Also, to the reviewer of Dec. 15, 2009. This is a rate and review board. Why would I want to make a recipe if only people that liked it reviewed. Everybody has different likes and dislikes and a person should be able to rate and review accordingly. You then get suggestions and find out if you truly want to try the recipe"

raemargaret User ID: 2790732 114490
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"To the negative poster...if you can't say nothing nice; don't say nothing at all."

mlov User ID: 3591422 180763
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2009

"Re: the question regarding pretty cupcake liners, has all kinds of fancy cupcake wrappers and embellishments."

cookie1943 User ID: 4031485 185425
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2009

"Cupcake sounds good,but more interested in where you got pretty cupcake liners?"

Mariebel User ID: 3872371 99986
Reviewed May. 16, 2009

"First, I have to say I don't cook desserts very often, which is maybe why I didn't have much success with this one. I did follow all the instructions very carefully, except that I used Twix bars instead of Snickers because my daughter is allergic to peanuts. Unfortunately, the candy bar kind of disappeared in the cupcake and we couldn't really taste it. Also the cheese filling was too heavy and made the cupcakes sink in the middle. It might be a good idea to cover the filling with a little bit more batter before baking. The frosting was very good; it had a nice caramel flavor. Overall, the cupcakes tasted good, but not great. I thought the recipe was a lot of trouble to go through compared to regular cupcakes."

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