Snickers Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse Filling

These Snickers Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse Filling are wonderfully decadent and full of Snickers flavors! An easy dessert to whip up that’s sure to impress and satisfy.

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

How to Make Snickers Cupcakes

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


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

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Snickers Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse Filling

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Snickers Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse Filling are wonderfully decadent and full of Snickers flavors! An easy dessert to whip up that’s sure to impress and satisfy.



  • 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


  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.

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90 Responses
  1. Wenona

    I have had this pinned for several months now, I finally had an opportunity to make them. First of all, photos: epic. Secondly, recipe: simple! Everyone LOVED them. They were just amazing. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

  2. Jazzy

    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!

  3. Ana

    Hello, I’m not sure if I missed something when reading the recipe, but how do you make the chocolate buttercream frosting? Do you add the mouse filling + the frosting ingredients after we’re done with the filling part? Thank you!

  4. Rebecca

    Yummy, yummy, yummy!!! Just finished making some for my best friend’s birthday, and so happy to have left overs for my self! Thanks so much for this recipe, it’s definitely a keeper.

  5. Kelley

    Do you know if these can be made 24 hrs in advance? Wanted to make for hubbys surprise party but didn’t know if mouse would hold up? Thanks for the great recipe

  6. Cindy

    I dont understand why you use boxed cake mixes for your cupcakes. Your frostings and fillings are AWESOME! It would take no time to measure out ingredients. Plus it tastes a thousand times better

  7. katie mitchell

    I have been wanting to try to make some cupcakes with different candies in them, snickers is one of my favorite candies

  8. Destiny

    I have made this for the first time and I tried to not eat one since I been doing so well on my diet. Well… The cupcake won! It was so amazing! The only problem is.. I followed it to the T. Problem was the buttercream icing. I made it twice and it was so thick I could form something. It was very tasty but I couldn’t get the snickers to even stick on top. What I doing wrong? Thanks for posting this cupcake.. I am sure my mom will fall in love with it tomorrow for her suprise birthday! :)

  9. Destiny

    Has anyone tried the mousse in between layered cake yet? I am looking for a filling that is delish and thick so cakes don’t slide. Help!

  10. Karen

    I made these for the girls at work and got great reviews! I love this chocolate cake! The only problem I had was that the centres of the cupcakes fell in a bit. Do you have an idea as to why? Or can you tell me how to avoid this?

  11. Jessica

    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!

  12. DEE

    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

  13. Sally

    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!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Michelle

    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!!

  15. Jaime

    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!

  16. Jessica

    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

  17. Amy Campbell

    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!!!

  18. Kim

    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.

  19. Timy Kay Potts

    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!!!


  20. Dyan Witt

    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?

    1. Jaime

      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!

  21. Timy Kay Potts

    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 !!!!

  22. Robin

    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!!

  23. Mandy

    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!!

  24. Nicole Robinson

    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!

  25. Sara Johnson

    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?

  26. Becky Burk

    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 :)

  27. Annabelle

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

  28. Mary Anne

    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!

  29. Melissa

    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!!!

  30. Becky

    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.(((

  31. Anna Faustini

    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! :)

  32. Mandy

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

  33. Jen

    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?

  34. Dawn

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

  35. Jessica @ How Sweet

    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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