Last week I made some chocolate cupcakes with Oreo buttercream frosting and after making those, the candy-cupcake wheels were churning in my brain. I’ve done Reese’s cupcakes and they’re delicious, of course, but I wanted to try something new. I finally settled on Snickers. I’m not a big fan of plain caramel but add some salt to it and I’m all over it! Alas, Snickers Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting were born!
I used chocolate cupcakes for this because, well, duh, this is just a chocolate kinda recipe. If I do a special frosting, I typically use a box mix for the cake. In turn, if I’m just using frosting from a can, I’ll make the cake from scratch. Time doesn’t usually allow for both to be from scratch.
I started by mixing the Devil’s Food chocolate cupcakes. By far, my favorite tools in the kitchen are these scoopers in small, medium, and large. The smaller sizes are great for cookies and the large one is perfect for making uniform cupcakes (we’ve discussed my OCD, right?).
After you scoop the cupcake batter into the cupcake liners, it’s time to chop your Snickers. I didn’t chop mine too small because I like to be able to get clumps of candy in my bites. For inside the cupcakes and on top, I ended up using almost an entire 11.5oz bag of mini Snickers. You could certainly use more, however.
Drop some of the chopped snickers into each cupcake. There’s no science to this, you can use as much or as little as you want. Next time I do this I’ll probably put 1/2 the cake batter in each cup, add snickers pieces, then top with the remaining 1/2 of the batter. I just pushed down the snickers and mixed it up a bit in each cup. Not the easiest way to do it but, hey, it worked. Hindsight’s 20/20.
Bake your cupcakes according to the directions and let them cool for at least an hour.
Next, it’s time to make your frosting. I used this Salted Caramel Frosting recipe from Baked Bree. The frosting didn’t harden up quite as much as I like but it’s absolutely delicious. I’d definitely make it again. The recipe made more than enough for my 24 cupcakes so I’m on the lookout for something to make to put the leftovers to good use.
After your cupcakes have cooled, it’s time to get that frosting on. Remember my favorite kitchen tool? The big one is great for frosting cupcakes, too. Just scoop some frosting in there and plop it on top of the cupcake. Cut up some more of your Snickers to add to the top . I drizzled with some dark chocolate and, voila, Chocolate Snickers Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting!