Saturday, March 21, 2009

Surprise Center Cupcakes

This recipe/idea is SO simple, that I almost feel bad posting about it...almost.  We had Jake and Kayla over for dinner last week and I wanted to make a dessert too.  Jerm asked me, "Well, do you really need to make a dessert?"  Ummm, hello?  Desserts/sweets are my favorite thing to make, plus it was Kayla's birthday!  Yes Jerm, I needed to make a dessert! 

Anyway, it was a busy week, so I wanted something simple to throw together.  When I think simple, I think cake mix.  But how could I jazz up the cake mix and make it a bit special??  Hmmm...this is where that bag of mini Snickers, that I bought on sale, come into play.  I'm a big fan of adding candy to baked goods.  Candy can easily spice up your treats and add a pleasant surprise! 

For the cupcakes I decided to make, I added one mini Snickers to the center of each and topped it with a bit of additional batter.  The outside chocolate layer of the Snickers melted into the batter, making it extra chocolately, while the caramel and peanuts added a scrumptious center to the cupcakes.  Frosted with "Funfetti" frosting, these cupcakes were delicious!  I ate one with breakfast the other day. :)  So, next time you're looking to jazz up your cake mix try adding some candy to the batter for a tasty surprise.





Batter and Snickers.


Frosted and sprinkled.


About to be my breakfast!  Look at that yummy center.

Surprise Center Cupcakes, by me


  • 1 box cake mix (any flavor you'd like)
  • eggs, oil and water (amount that cake mix brand calls for)
  • 1 jar of frosting (any flavor you'd like)
  • Mini chocolate candies (Snickers, Peanut Butter Cups, Twix, etc.)


  1. Follow baking directions on the box, but just add one candy to the center of each cupcake or randomly throughout the cake pan that you're using.


  1. These look delicious! I have a bag of Resse's peanut butter cups laying around and this seems like the perfect use for them.

  2. What a nice little treat to find inside. Yumminess! And I love that you ate one for breakfast!!!

  3. what a cute idea, they look yummy

  4. Love this idea! Now I know what to do with all that leftover candy!


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