Day 135 – Butterfinger Cupcakes

13 Dec

Ok.  I used to LOVE Butterfinger Candy Bars (I say ‘used to’ cause I try not to eat whole candy bars anymore…I try).  I mean, they were the “in” candy when I was young (especially as a product of the 80’s – thanks to Bart Simpson).  Peanut butter and chocolate.  How could you go wrong?  So, when I saw these Easy Butterfinger Cupcakes (recipe below from Fast and Easy Recipes), the kid inside me got REALLY excited!


The cakes are very thick and dense. The are moist, but not sticky or wet.  They have a very strong coffee flavor, which almost overpowers the chocolate.

Note: The minis were a no-go. The ones that did come out of the pan whole quickly tipped over or fell apart on the cooling rack. They were never gonna survive 2 fillings and a frosting. Guess we’ll just have to make do with full-sized cupcake goodness!


The peanut butter filling is thick and smooth.  It has a strong peanut butter flavor.

The chocolate filling is a lot like a ganache in texture, very smooth and creamy.  It has a semi-sweet flavor with just that small added hint of sweetness from the corn syrup. It doesn’t make it any less dark, but a little sweeter.


The peanut butter frosting is smooth and very easy to pipe.  It has a much lighter, sweeter peanut butter flavor than the filling.


They definitely make you think of a Butterfinger! That is an accurate description. I still wish there was slightly less coffee flavor, but it does give it a depth when put with the fillings and the frosting that works nicely together. This is a giant cupcake. A lot going on. Be prepared. Use a fork.


Note: The paper cups pull a lot of cupcake with them when you peel, so I’d give ’em a good spray before putting the batter in.


Note: I’m not sure that “easy” is an appropriate title for these. While nothing is particularly difficult, they are time-consuming and dirty tons of dishes.

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 3 (there are technically 4 parts, so it is a little lengthier of a cupcake, but none of them are difficult)
  • TOTAL: 18.5


Easy Butterfinger Cupcakes (recipe from Fast and Easy Recipes)


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp finely ground coffee
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup of Butterfinger candy bars, chopped into chunks

Peanut Butter Filling

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter chips

Chocolate Filling

  • 2 1/2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup

Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 Fun Size Butterfinger candy bars, chopped

For directions visit Fast and Easy Recipes.

*Tomorrow: Zucchini Cupcakes*

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