Monday, October 28, 2013

Snickers Filled Halloween Cupcakes

My friend Jen had a Halloween this past Saturday night and I wanted to bring a spooky Halloween themed treat to go along with her creepy, disgusting theme.  (Think blueberry eyeball punch, mummy pizza, "blood" shots, etc.) I baked chocolate cupcakes with mini Snickers bars inside, which are Jen's favorite Halloween candy, and topped them with caramel buttercream. She gave me some red food coloring and bloody axes she found at the party store and they looked really cool! I wish I got a better picture of the Snickers filling, but the punch was quite potent and I forgot... :)

Oh, not so funny story: I got locked in my bathroom for an hour and a half on Saturday night before the party. Thank goodness I brought my cell phone in there with me and was able to call the landlord who got a locksmith to come rescue me, or else I have no idea what I would have done! I can't tell you how happy I was to get out of there!

PS: I have two more Halloween events to attend this week and I'll be sure to post photos of my Alice in Wonderland costume next week! :)

Snickers Filled Cupcakes
makes about 24 cupcakes

For the cupcakes...
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 24 mini Snickers bars
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
  2. Combine sugar & salt in a large bowl.
  3. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and beat on low until just incorporated.  Increase speed to medium and beat two minutes.
  4. Add dry ingredients and beat until just incorporated.
  5. Stir in boiling water - the batter will be thin but keep stirring until it thickens a bit.
  6. Transfer batter to prepared pans, filling each liner about 2/3 of the way full. 
  7. Put a mini Snickers bar in the center of the batter of each cupcake. Don't press down too hard as it will fall in while baking.
  8. Bake approximately 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in pans about five minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 
For the frosting...
  • 4 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6-8 cups confectioner's sugar
  • red food coloring & small bloody axes for garnish
  1. Beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about two minutes.
  2. Add caramel sauce and vanilla and mix to incorporate.
  3. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating on low speed until incorporated to reach the right consistency.  Increase speed to medium-high and whip about one minute until light and fluffy. 
  4. Fill a piping bag and pipe onto cupcakes or frost as desired.
  5. For the topping, squeeze a bit of red food coloring onto the center of each cupcake. Use a toothpick to swirl it around a bit and make it look like blood. Then stick a bloody axe in to make it look like the frosting is bleeding!


  1. These look amazing! Please keep their deliciousness away from my office :)

  2. Well I'm glad you made it safely out of your bathroom! I would have FREAKED out.

    1. i was freaking out. i was just so glad to have my cell phone in there! haha

  3. You are officially a cupcake genius. You need to open your own shop!

  4. Those are adorable! great job :)


  5. Those SERIOUSLY look amazing! You're so creative!

  6. you had me with snickers.
    those look amazing!

  7. locked in the bathroom for an hour and a half? ohmygoodness. at least you got a good story out of it :) and i definitely agree about you needing your own cupcake shop -- have you thought about what you would name it?

    1. yes, i would name it cupcakes & couture! that's actually why i bought this domain before i even started my blog! :)

  8. Awww fun! I didn't get to throw my Halloween party this year :( Not enough time to prepare or settle into our new place. But these are so cute! I can't believe you got locked in a bathroom for an hour and a half, that is crazy!

  9. Omg these are so cute and look amazingly delicious! xo, Julie

  10. STOP!!!!!!! These are too cool to eat...but for a snickers in the middle, I'd totally scarf one down. xooxo

  11. seriously lucky that you had your phone....creepy!!! these look so yummy. i might need to try them!

  12. Oh my gosh those are amazing!! I can't believe the detailing on those babies! You are good girl. But sad face to being locked in the bathroom!!

  13. Oh man. Now my sweet tooth really is kicked into high gear!

  14. You are the baking goddess! These are so cute

  15. I agree, open the cupcake shop :)

  16. These look fantastic!! I love the axes on top! What a cute idea, I'll definitely be pinning these! Oh my gosh, I would have gone nuts! Thank goodness you brought your phone and did not have to stay in there all night!

  17. Ahh can't believe you got stuck in your bathroom!!