Wicked Candy Bar Cupcakes

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Servings: 15 cupcakes
Prep Time: 1 hr
Cook Time: 22 min
Difficulty: Moderate

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For the Cupcakes:
5 fun-size Milky Way candy bars
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Witch Hats:
2 (4-ounce) bars semisweet chocolate, chopped
15 chocolate wafer cookies, such as Nabisco
15 sugar ice cream cones

For the Witchy Dirty Green Buttercream:
3 fun-size Milky Way candy bars
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Green food coloring

For the Decorations:
Black licorice laces
30 red cinnamon candies
15 pieces Candy corn





For the Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Place paper baking cups in muffin pans, and set aside.

Melt candy bars and 2 tablespoons butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth.  Let cool.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, soda, and salt.

Cream together the sugar and softened butter in a large mixing bowl at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended.  Add egg, beating just until blended. 

Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture, alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.  Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition.  Beat in melted candy bar mixture and vanilla. Spoon batter evenly into baking cups, filling two-thirds full.

Bake until a wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean, about 18 minutes.  Remove from pan, and let cool completely on wire racks. 

For the Witch Hats:
Place chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave at medium power for 2 minutes or until soft; stir until smooth.

Place wafer cookies on a rimmed baking sheet. Using a small paint brush, paint a thick layer of chocolate around bottom edges of cones.  Center bottoms of cones on cookies.  Refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.

If necessary, microwave remaining chocolate on medium power for 30 seconds to thin. Paint outsides of cones with melted chocolate, and refrigerate until set, about 20 minutes.

For the Witchy Dirty Green Buttercream:
Place 1 tablespoon of the butter and candy bars in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at medium power for 2 minutes or until soft.  Stir until smooth.

Beat the remaining softened butter until creamy in a medium mixing bowl with an electric mixer.  Add the sugar and warm melted candy mixture; beat until smooth and fluffy. Beat in 6 drops green food coloring until blended.

To decorate:
Frost tops of cooled cupcakes with a thick layer of frosting.  Refrigerate until frosting is firm, if desired, about 15 minutes.

Top each cupcake with a Witch Hat.  Cut licorice sticks into 1/2-inch and 2-inch lengths; place short sticks under hat for bangs and long sticks under hats for hair.  Place cinnamon candies on cupcakes for eyes and candy corn for teeth. Makes 15 cupcakes.

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I really miss you on tv may god bless you keep you head up high because I know you never did anything wrong I love your recipes. and your sons recipes and you grandchildren are so beautiful keep them in close I just lost my husband after 30 years of married an I miss him dearly you help me throw this my your website I love to do the cakes and food for my grandchildren and they love them can't wait to make the wicked cup cakes for them god bless you and your family

By Nancy Marie Pierce on October 02, 2013


Delicious and super cute! My kiddos absolutely loved them smile

By Nichole Alpert Loaiza on October 29, 2012


Thank you Looks so delicious! !!********

By Dixie Crabtree on October 24, 2012


I am trying this recipe for the first time for my son's Halloween Party at school. I have one question I hope someone can answer...what is the need for the waffer cookie under the hat??? I don't see it on the picture and don't quiet understand the relevance of having it. Is it structural or just for flavor??

By Dana on October 25, 2011


I make something like this, but my kids like the way I do it better. I use a regular box cake mix, but after I pour the batter into the tins I put a fun size candy bar in right before baking. When they bite into a cupcake they get a candy bar surprise. I also do it with peanut butter cups, chocolate cake mix, and peanut butter frosting.

By Sweet Sinsation on October 21, 2010


The cake was so light and the texture was wonderful. I was not happy with the taste though. There was very little taste at all, and you could not tell there were Milky Ways in it. All I can figure is that the fun size candy bar is not as big as it once was. I looked smaller to me, so I think if I added 2 or 3 more to the recipie it would be better. I will try again!

By trishdeelish on October 08, 2010

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