SNICKERS CUPCAKES

These Snickers Cupcakes are over-the-top, in the best way! They're chocolate caramels with a peanut-caramel filling, fluffy peanut butter frosting, and LOTS of chocolate and candy bars!

SNICKERS CUPCAKES

INGREDIENTS
FOR THE CUPCAKES:
  1. 7.8 oz all-purpose flour (1 3/4 cups)
  2. 3 oz cocoa powder (1 cup)
  3. 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1 cup full-fat buttermilk at room temperature
  6. 1/2 cup full-fat sour cream at room temperature
  7. 2 tbsp water can substitute brewed coffee for richer flavor
  8. 6 oz butter at room temperature
  9. 4.75 oz granulated sugar (2/3 cup)
  10. 5 oz brown sugar (2/3 cup)
  11. 2 large eggs at room temperature
  12. 1 tbsp vanilla extract

FOR THE CARAMEL-PEANUT FILLING:
  1. 14 oz soft caramels
  2. 1/3 cup heavy cream
  3. 1 tbsp butter
  4. 1/2 cup salted peanuts coarsely chopped

FOR THE PEANUT-MARSHMALLOW FROSTING:
  1. 8 oz butter at room temperature
  2. 12 oz creamy peanut butter (1 1/4 cups)
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 cup cream
  5. 1 lb powdered sugar (4 cups)
  6. 7 oz marshmallow cream (1 jar)

TO FINISH:
  1. 1/2 cup chocolate fudge sauce
  2. 1/4 cup salted peanuts chopped
  3. 7 fun-size Snickers bars cut in half or coarsely chopped

INSTRUCTIONS
TO MAKE THE CUPCAKES:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 20 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.