December 8, 2010

Decadent Snickers Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse Filling

Joan's on Third Snickers Cupcakes Recipe

After our cupcake taste-testing extravaganza at Disney, Jenny and I headed back to the Picky Palate kitchen to create some cupcakes of our own. Talk about being in the happiest place on earth! :) We were inspired by our absolute favorite cake from Joan’s on Third, the Snickers Cake (I posted about how in love I was with this cake the first time I went to LA). It’s rich, decadent layers of chocolate cake and chocolate mousse topped with a chocolate buttercream frosting and crushed Snickers. Heaven! Here’s how our tribute cupcakes turned out…

Joan's on Third Snickers Cupcakes Recipe

We started with The Best Chocolate Cake Ever recipe and turned it into some fabulously fudgy cupcakes.

Joan's on Third Snickers Cupcakes Recipe

Next we whipped up a super easy, two-ingredient chocolate mousse filling. Good thing it made a lot, because I could not stop taste-testing this mousse!

Joan's on Third Snickers Cupcakes Recipe

Here it is in the piping bag, almost ready to fill up the cupcakes.

You’ll have to excuse my inconsistent lighting in these photos.. We talked and gabbed and ate so much chocolate that we ended up losing the light before we finished our cupcakes! :)

Joan's on Third Snickers Cupcakes Recipe

When the cupcakes have cooled, insert the tip of the piping bag about 1″ into the middle of the cupcake. Squeeze the mousse into the cupcake while pulling the tip out.

Joan's on Third Snickers Cupcakes Recipe

Perfect!

Joan's on Third Snickers Cupcakes Recipe

You will *love* this fabulous chocolate buttercream frosting… Jenny whisked it together by hand and I definitely think this was the secret to this frosting. It was so deliciously rich!

Joan's on Third Snickers Cupcakes Recipe

To finish, top with a handful of crushed Snickers. To die for!

Joan's on Third Snickers Cupcakes Recipe

Isn’t that chocolate mousse gorgeous?? I can’t wait to make these again. You will love these over-the-top cupcakes! :)

Joan's on Third Snickers Cupcakes Recipe

Decadent Snickers Cupcakes
with Chocolate Mousse Filling

1 box Devils Food Cake Mix
1 small box Jello Chocolate Fudge instant pudding mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
1 cup sour cream

Chocolate Mousse Filling

2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups milk chocolate chips

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

1 stick softened butter
2 1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla

1 bag mini Snickers

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 cupcake tins with liners. To prepare the cupcakes, place the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil, milk and sour cream into stand mixer. Beat until well combined, about 2 minutes. Scoop the batter evenly into the cupcake liners. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cupcakes are cooked through and a toothpick comes clean from center. Remove the cupcakes from the tin and let cool.

2. To prepare the mousse, melt the milk chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Set aside to cool. Meanwhile, whip the heavy cream with a stand or electric mixer until it looks like whipped cream and stiff peaks form. Fold melted chocolate chips into whipped cream until well combined, then transfer batches into a piping bag. When cupcakes have cooled, press the tip of the piping bag into the center of the cupcake, about 1 inch deep. Squeeze the mousse into the cupcake while pulling the tip out. It doesn’t take much, just one firm squeeze is perfect. Continue filling all the cupcakes.

3. To prepare the frosting, beat the butter, powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla until well combined and a nice frosting consistency. Spread over cupcakes then top with chopped Snickers.

Makes 24 cupcakes.



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79 Comments





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Jessica @ How Sweet December 8, 2010 at 8:12 am

This is an absolute sin.
I loooove Snickers so much (favorite candy bar ever!) and just can’t even imagine the deliciousness going on in this cupcake.

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Estela @ Weekly Bite December 8, 2010 at 8:17 am

This cupcake is truly amazing! I so wish I had one in front of me right now :)

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Suzanne December 8, 2010 at 8:23 am

Yummm, my daughter will love this recipe!

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The Blue-Eyed Bakers December 8, 2010 at 8:27 am

Oh goodness…this looks completely decadent and delicious!

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Marixa December 8, 2010 at 8:30 am

OH my gosh those look amazing!I could probably only take one bite before I went into sugar overload!

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Nechama @ Cantstopbaking December 8, 2010 at 8:37 am

Yummm!! I want one!!

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giozi December 8, 2010 at 8:41 am

Oh myyyyyyy I died :D

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Pamela December 8, 2010 at 8:45 am

YUMMY!

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Lana December 8, 2010 at 9:04 am

OMG My diet just gave up, crashed, and burned! How delicious is that?

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Missy K. December 8, 2010 at 9:04 am

One word. Yum!

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Dawn December 8, 2010 at 9:09 am

The chocolate cake recipe is already great..It makes my mouth water thinking about these cupcakes! Definately going to try these.

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Jen December 8, 2010 at 9:09 am

This sounds devine! My husband’s absolute favorite candy bar is Snickers, I’m going to have to make these. He likes chocolate, but not a ton of it though, am thinking a caramel flavored mousse would be better if I can do that. Any ideas on how that could work?

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Jen December 8, 2010 at 9:10 am

Oooh, or maybe peanut butter? Probably could just use peanut butter melted for that, right?

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Mandy December 8, 2010 at 9:10 am

eeeeeeeeeeeek ! I can’t wait to try this… The ice cream cupcakes were a big hit for my daughters 9th birthday… Thank you :)

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Jenny@boxandb December 8, 2010 at 9:12 am

Why oh why do you tease us all the time?? YUM!!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) December 8, 2010 at 9:26 am

decadent is right!!! these are beautiful and i can only imagine how delicious they are!

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Connie Tyger December 8, 2010 at 9:48 am

What a diet blower – I bet it would be good with peanut butter cups too. OMG these look soooo good.

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Courtney December 8, 2010 at 9:49 am

OH MY WORD!!!!

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kdubmom December 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

oh.my.goodness…perfection!

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Monica December 8, 2010 at 10:47 am

I totally plan on making these! I felt like I got hit in the head when I saw that first picture… o. m. g. :D!!!

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Randa December 8, 2010 at 10:52 am

Wow. My blood sugar doubled just looking at those!!

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chinamommy December 8, 2010 at 10:56 am

Oooooo, I had to go brush my teeth after reading this!!! YUMMOOOOOO!!!! your blog is THE BEST!

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Jill December 8, 2010 at 10:58 am

Seriously. Delish! Can’t WAIT to try these!

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Southern Gal December 8, 2010 at 11:07 am

My son, the Snickers lover, will be so happy I read this today! Thanks.

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Anna Faustini December 8, 2010 at 11:09 am

Oh Amanda…you’ve done it again. How can anyone try to stay on a diet with all these rich and tasty recipes?? LOL! Can’t wait to try it out. Maybe I’ll make these for my sisters birthday…yum yum! Thanks Amanda and have a delicious day! :)

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Carissa December 8, 2010 at 11:09 am

oh man. Seriously drooling on my keyboard. These look beyond fabulous! Now to think of a reason to whip some up. :)

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Kimberly December 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm

That’s incredible!

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Karen W December 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm

OMG! These look wonderful!

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Meredith December 8, 2010 at 12:51 pm

It’s still breakfast time here, but I WANT ONE. It’s almost like a muffin, and that’s acceptable for breakfast, right?

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Nancy December 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm

These look so sinfully delicious. I would like to have one now please!

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teresa December 8, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Good LORDY~LORDY~LORDY!
Did I say GOOD LORDY!
xo

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Becky December 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm

YUmmmmmO—-:–)-I just gained 10 lbs looking at the pics. How do you and Kev stay sooo trim eating all these goodies ? Do you give them all away and only eat one ? )))Lots of luvin from the oven.(((

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Stephanie December 8, 2010 at 4:14 pm

They look delicious! I have to try them. Will they need to be refrigerated? I’m thinking so.

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Clare December 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Thanks Amanda, I just licked my screen! LOL.. delicious.. I have to try these, soon!

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Melissa December 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Yummmmm!!! I’m thinking I need to make these in the near future or drive right on over to the cupcake store to get me some. Thanks for sharing!!!

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Jessica December 8, 2010 at 6:48 pm

I can’t wait to try them!

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Mary Anne December 8, 2010 at 7:17 pm

I have to bring something “bite size” to our Christmas Eve gathering, so I think I will bring these. More than a bite, but I don’t think anyone will object!

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Brooke December 8, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Yum!! They look gorgeous.

And please, never apologize for your photography! It’s always gorgeous.

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Amy at TheSceneFromMe December 8, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Those look so scrumptious! I am going on sugar overload this season around here!

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Lane Shell December 8, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Wow!! These look amazing! Next on my baking list:)

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emily horrocks December 8, 2010 at 8:50 pm

these look dangerously yummy!! can’t wait to make these!

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rachel December 8, 2010 at 9:37 pm

oh.wow.

these look pretty much like heaven for a chocolate lover like me! thanks for sharing!!

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Simplegirl December 9, 2010 at 1:59 am

Oh my!! I can almost taste it…ouch, darn screen is in the way:-) You know what that means, I have to make my own. Yum!

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Annabelle December 9, 2010 at 8:57 am

These look so wonderful and I’m just drooling right now because they look SO good!!!!! Why must you always tease us??

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Becky Burk December 9, 2010 at 4:02 pm

I’m SOOOO excited, ever since you posted about the cupcakes at Disney I’ve been praying that you’d put up some new cupcake recipies on the blog! I have been baking all of them and bringing them to work so everyone here is also super thrilled that there’ll be a new recipie to try :)

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. December 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm

This looks wonderful!

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Kami December 9, 2010 at 8:46 pm

You rock. You have no idea how much I love your blog, seriously. Thank you for sharing all you share!

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Sara Johnson December 9, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Those look absolutely DEEE-LISH! Your pictures are great, day light or not! I think I might try these…maybe with red velvet? Is it bad to add chocolate to a red velvet cake mix?

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Tammy December 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Oh, these look SO good! And easy to make also.

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Nicole Robinson December 10, 2010 at 7:48 am

These look amazing! I posted a link to this post on my blog last night. Check it out! I can’t wait to try these cupcakes!

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Mandy December 10, 2010 at 8:02 am

OMG…so I told my sister about this blog a few weeks ago, and she is now completely hooked on it, just like me! She made these cupcakes last night and brought them to work this morning. You guessed it…I had one for breakfast. THE BEST cupcake I’ve ever eaten. Ever. I’m battling the temptation to eat another one. Way to go Amanda & Jenny, this one’s a winner!!

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Robin December 10, 2010 at 8:16 am

SO…I made these DIVINE cupcakes last night and brought them to work this morning…they are a HIT!!! Thank you for sharing your amazing recipes!!

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Robin December 10, 2010 at 8:20 am

P.S….I have a photo of them and would like to share it…How can I post it?

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Timy Kay Potts December 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Hey Amanda…I didn’t see the nutritional values listed for the cupcakes (just kidding). You know what? It’s the holidays and it really doesn’t matter. :) Pleeeeeease send more of these lovely recipes !!!!

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Dyan Witt December 10, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I was thinking if I could use this same idea to make like a Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake. Yellow Cake, white chocolate mousse/or strawberry mousse, buttercream frosting and a strawberry on top.

What do you think?

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Jaime January 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm

So did you try doing the Strawberry Shortcake version? It sounds really really yummy! Sounds like a perfect summer dessert. Thanks for sharing your idea!

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Timy Kay Potts December 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Amanda…can you please give me the instructions how to make the Ribbon Box? It is simply beautiful!!!I have a small scrapbook business and would love to make a couple of boxes to organize my ribbons in style!!!

Thanks!
timykay2003@yahoo.com

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Caley December 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Ok, I cannot stop drooling. I’m definitely trying these out for my family this year! Thanks for sharing!

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Kim December 11, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I am in the process of making these, so far…YUM!! However, did you guys add any milk or something to the frosting? I ended up adding some because it was way to powdery.

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Jaime January 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I ended up having to add a little milk too. Glad I wasn’t the only one :)

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Sabrina December 12, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Those look AMAZING!

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Amy Campbell December 13, 2010 at 3:20 pm

OMG!!! These are the best cupcakes I have ever had. Not being a huge chocolate fan (I know that’s a sin in itself)….I am now craving these a lot! Took them to a large party and made them mini-size. I actually recommend this more than the normal size cupcakes because you can pop a mini in your mouth and it explodes with the mousse! DELICIOUS!!! Thank you so much for the recipe!!!

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Jaime January 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm

That is such a good idea! I will definitely need to try a mini version!! Thanks for the idea!

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Deborah December 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm

I think there is only one word for these – YUM!!

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Olga December 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm

These cupcakes look good!!! I’m going to have to try making them!!! Yummmm………….can’t wait to try them. :) Olga

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Melinda December 15, 2010 at 7:16 am

Ooh these look delish and I’ve decided to make it for my dad’s birthday on Friday! I can’t wait. Mmm…

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Jen Webster December 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Oh my those look to die for! Yum!
Thanks for posting.

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Jessica December 27, 2010 at 7:29 am

This Christmas I was meeting my boyfriend’s family for the first time and was desperately searching for something I could take to the event. I decided on these and holy cow were they delicious! Everyone loved them.. so many thanks for posting this recipe

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Jaime January 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Today is my hubby’s birthday. I made these for him to take to his office, and oh my!! These are, hands down, the best made from scratch chocolate cupcakes I’ve ever had or made!! SO YUMMY!! They were a hit at the office! The ones I didn’t send to the office I gave to neighbors so I wouldn’t eat all of them!

I did have to add a little milk to the frosting to thin it out though. Otherwise it would have ripped the cupcakes apart while frosting them.

Do you think halving the mousse recipe would be enough for 24 cupcakes? I had SO much left over I didn’t know what to do with it.

Thanks for posting and sharing this divine recipe with all of us! LOVE YOUR BLOG!

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Michelle March 1, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I have just started my new hobby of baking cupcakes and these cupcakes are the bomb!! They are soo delicious. I also had to add milk to my icing. I had quite a bit of mousse left over as well….let me think of what i can do with it…Mmmmm. Thanks for the great recipes!!

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Sally April 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm

My mom always made that cake for us growing up…. except she added a bag of minichips…………….. when I got older………. I could never make the glaze she did right, so I started just making ganache…………………… Honestly the BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE/CUPCAKE on EARTH!!!!!!!!!!

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Valerie August 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Just wondering if these have to be kept in the refrigerator

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dee August 25, 2011 at 8:19 am

I’m making these for work tomorrow…should I refigerate or just wait for the morning to make the mousse and frosting?

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DEE August 26, 2011 at 8:10 am

I made these last night to bring to work today…
I made my chocolate cake from scratch.. but did everything else the same..
these were delicious… the mousse filling is to die for and I wish I would have squeezed a little more inside….
extra yummy !!!
thanks for the receipe

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Jessica December 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I made these for Christmas dinner this year and they were AHHHmazing!! Such a hit. The mousse was so simple yet extremely addicting….we did however use that as topping instead of the buttercream frosting(not too many fans of it). I’m thinking of using it with your “Best Choco Cake” recipe as a frosting as well. Thanks for sharing!

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Jazzy July 23, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I made these today but something went HORRIBLY WRONG! I followed the recipe exactly but I used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and the cupcakes came out flat and not sweet. Idk what happened. I want to try them again tomorrow but I’m scared the same thing will happen. PLEASE HELP!

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Stephanie January 2, 2014 at 11:17 am

These look incredible. Snickers are my sons favorite, so I will have to make this for his upcoming birthday.

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Joyce Bush January 22, 2014 at 7:16 am

Do these have to be refrigerated

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