because….well, i couldn’t resist. ;)
I don’t think there will ever come a day that Snickers candy bars don’t remind me of my grandpa. I remember hearing from him over and over growing up that he needed to stop eating as many of the fun-size Snickers bars as he used to….because he was working an office job fitting hearing aids (rather than working construction) and his old habits were starting to catch up to him 😉
As a kid with a decent metabolism, I kind of shrugged it off – what was he talking about anyway? Once I got into high school and college and wasn’t quite as active on a regular basis….yeah, it started making sense about then. But Snickers bars are soooo addicting! Thank heaven I developed a mild running addiction to balance my poorly-controlled sweet tooth :p
Aaaanyway. Back on track. The cupcakes in these pictures weren’t my first batch – the first time I made them was with my niece and nephew. We were too busy to bother with pictures. 😉 We were wrangling the piping bag – it was their first time piping frosting – and chatting and having fun; our phones got pretty much ignored.
I think this is why I’ve been drawn to baking as a hobby – there’s something about food that draws people together, and many of my favorite memories with my favorite people have food involved in them somewhere. 😉
This is a great recipe for any beginning cupcake-frosting-pipers – if the piping doesn’t go the way you want, just throw enough chopped peanuts, sprinkles, and Snickers bars on to cover everything up and chalk it up to a good practice run! 😉
I doubled and slightly-modified a chocolate cupcake recipe from thescranline.com - check out Nick's site and his Instagram feed if you haven't already; he does some incredible work!
Of note...you'll need either a kitchen scale to measure ingredients in grams OR - you can use the conversions I've done for you. You're welcome ;)
Chocolate Cupcakes (makes 24)
350g all purpose flour (roughly 2 c)
450g caster sugar (roughly 2 ¼ c)
100g cocoa powder (roughly 1 ¼ c) |
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 c /250g /16 T unsalted butter, softened
4 large eggs, at room temperature
350ml milk (about 1 ½ ; I used a 2c pyrex liquid measuring cup with mL marks on the back)
2 t vanilla extract
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (180C) or 320 FC (160C) for a fan forced oven. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the cocoa powder, plain flour, salt, bicarb soda and sugar. Turn mixer on low speed and allow it to mix for a couple minutes to help everything combine well (or sift the ingredients together). Add in the softened butter until no lumps of butter are visible and it’s well incorporated into the dry ingredients.
Next, add milk, eggs, and vanilla together and whisk until well combined. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in a slow and steady stream until no dry ingredients are visible. Scrape down the bowl and mix for another 20 seconds.
Fill each paper 3/4 of the way (using an ice cream scoop to transfer the batter into the cupcake liners makes this a quick and easy process otherwise you can use two tablespoons). You may find that you have some batter left over - don't over-fill the cupcake tins or they *will* overflow – trust me. :/ It was messy. Do not recommend. :/
Bake for 20-25 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting. If you insert a skewer and it comes out with wet batter, bake for another few minutes at a time until a skewer or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting:
8 oz (one package) cream cheese, softened
16 Tablespoons (two sticks) butter, softened
6-7 c powdered sugar
2-3 Tablespoons whipping cream
1 T vanilla extract
1/4 t. salt
Additional for filling – ½ c peanut butter
- 12 Mini Snickers bars
- 2-4 T chocolate Sprinkles
- 1 c peanuts, chopped
- Large piping bag & tip
Beat together softened cream cheese and butter; slowly add in powdered sugar alternating with milk until frosting reaches desired consistency. Add vanilla extract and salt and beat until well combined.
Once the cupcakes have cooled, you're ready to core them. There are a few ways you can do this....you can buy a cupcake corer, you can use the non-business-end of a large piping tip, or....you can do what I do and cut a cone-shaped core out with a plastic knife. Up to you ;) I haven't the foggiest idea why cupcake crumbs don't stick to plastic knives like they do regular knives, but the plastic knife's been working too well for me to feel the need to invest in any fancy corers ;)
For the filling in these cupcakes, I took about 3/4 c of frosting and added about a half cup of peanut butter. You don’t have to fill them, but I wanted the extra peanut butter flavor in the center of the cupcake. 😊 Pipe your filling into your cored cupcakes - it doesn't have to look pretty, so I often use a zip-lock bag for this part. ;)
Now you're ready to decorate the cupcakes! Transfer your frosting to a large piping bag, and pipe in large swirls onto your cupcakes (or however you feel like icing them). ;) Unwrap 12 mini Snickers bars and cut them in half – I thought the cupcakes looked cooler when the inside of the Snickers bar was visible on the top. Decorate each frosting swirl with chopped peanuts, sprinkles, and halved Snickers bar - tadaaaaa! Enjoy! :)
Make this recipe? Let me know how it went - or find me on Instagram or Facebook and tag @IntensiveCakeUnit in your photo! :)