Butterfinger Cupcakes Recipe

You will be blown away by our Butterfinger cupcakes recipe! An occasional candy bar is one of our favorite treats and we are taking that concept and making this delicious dessert.

Have you been in a cupcake baking rut where you are making the same recipe for every family meal and get-together you are invited to? We totally get it because we have been there as well. This candy bar cupcake idea is going to become your next go-to recipe.

A Butterfinger cupcake cut in half in a paper liner on a wooden cutting board with 3 other cupcakes on top of a white marble surface.
This delicious cupcake recipe has a boxed cake mix for the base with yummy candy mixed in.

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Easy Butterfinger Cupcakes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are on a candy bar cupcake kick. We have been creating several of these recipes for you and we cannot wait to share them. These recipes taste like your favorite candy bar but in cupcake form.

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Whether you enjoy a Twix candy bar or perhaps a Snickers bar, it would be hard to choose a favorite from these. I must say, the Butterfinger candy cupcake recipe is definitely at the top of the list. And you will be surprised at how scrumptious they are!

If you need to gather your supplies for this Butterfinger dessert, bookmark this page to make it easier when you are ready to start baking.

3 Butterfinger cupcakes on a wooden cutting board on a piece of parchment paper with a white towel and Butterfinger candy bars in the background.
This Butterfinger cupcake recipe is so easy your kids can make it.

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Why These Cupcakes Are Such A Great Recipe

They are so unique! Who would have thought to take some candy bar bits and turn them into a cool cupcake recipe? We are so stoked to share this fun idea with you.

This Butterfinger candy bar dessert is incredibly easy to make. We use a boxed cake mix as the base, so there is a cut corner there. Then we use canned frosting, so we are also saving you time there. All we did was add a few other ingredients and elevate that cake mix to this decadent new flavor profile.

Are you looking for a fun and simple recipe to share with the kids? This recipe is one the older kids could totally make with just a bit of adult supervision. My kiddo loves to get her hands on a new recipe to work on and this is her latest choice.

They are sharable! You certainly don’t want to keep this recipe under wraps. Can you imagine how popular these would be at a bake sale or potluck?

A close up of a Butterfinger cupcake on a wooden surface with a Butterfinger candy bar and a white towel in the background
These yellow cake mix cupcakes are loaded with Butterfinger candy bits.

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Tips for Making Butterfinger Candy Cupcakes

  • We found our Butterfinger Baking Bits at Walmart as well as Kroger. If you cannot locate them at your store, you can purchase 2-3 full-size Butterfinger bars and chop them into small pieces. To make things easier for you, we would suggest using a food processor on the chopped setting.
  • When you are buying your canned frosting, there are a few options for you. We used a vanilla frosting, but we have also used a caramel canned frosting. We were really torn as to which one was better.
  • When adding eggs to your batter, be sure they are whole eggs and are at room temperature. This helps them mix more easily into the batter and gives the cupcakes a better rise.
A square close up of a Butterfinger cupcake on a wooden cutting board with a Butterfinger candy bar in the background next to a white towel.
Take these to your next gathering and they’ll be the star of the event.

Ingredients for the Butterfinger Candy Cupcakes Recipe

Below are the ingredients we used to make our cupcakes. Before you head to the store, check your pantry and fridge to see what you have on hand. For information on making this recipe with full candy bars, read the tips section above.

  • Yellow box cake mix
  • Water
  • Oil
  • Eggs
  • Butterfinger Baking Bits, divided
  • Buttercream frosting in a can
  • Creamy peanut butter
The ingredients for the Butterfinger cupcakes against a white marble background.

How to Make Butterfinger Candy Cupcakes

Each step for this recipe is detailed below so it’s easy to follow. Keep this page open while you are creating your cupcakes. If you would rather have a printable recipe, scroll down and select the print button.

The ingredients for cupcakes in a round glass bowl against a white marble background.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with 24 cupcake liners. Add the cake mix, water, oil, and eggs to a large bowl.

Beaten cupcake batter in a round glass bowl, with electric metal beaters against a white marble surface.

Using an electric stand or hand mixer, beat for 2 minutes on high speed.

Butterfinger candy bits on top of cupcake batter in a round glass bowl against a white marble surface.

Fold in ¾ cup of the Butterfinger Baking Bits.

Butterfinger cupcake batter in a 12 cavity metal pan on a white marble surface.

Divide the batter between the cupcake liners, filling each about ¾ of the way. Bake for 10 – 14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool completely.

Frosting and peanut butter in a large round glass bowl with electric beaters on the inside of the bowl on a white marble surface.

Add the frosting and peanut butter to a large bowl and beat until combined.

Butterfinger cupcakes being frosted on a metal cooling rack on a white marble background.

Fill a piping bag equipped with the 1M frosting tip, then frost the cupcakes.

Butterfinger cupcakes on a metal cooling rack on a white surface.

Top the cupcakes with the remaining Butterfinger Baking Bits. Grab a cold glass of milk and enjoy!

Notes for Making Butterfinger Cupcakes

  • Although we use a yellow cake mix for this recipe, we have also used chocolate and it is just as tasty. Either way, you are going to get a flavor explosion you will not believe.
  • This recipe uses peanut butter in the frosting. We used a canned buttercream frosting and added peanut butter to it. We use creamy peanut butter so the frosting is easily piped onto the cupcake.
  • If your Butterfinger Baking Bits are small enough, you could add it to the frosting as well as sprinkle it on top of the frosting. This would be just the perfect amount of Butterfinger in your cupcakes! Just make sure the pieces are small enough to fit through the piping tip.

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A vertical close up of a Butterfinger cupcake with 2 other cupcakes and a candy bar wrapper in the background.
These Butterfinger cupcakes are perfect for any party you are invited to.
Yield: 24

Butterfinger Candy Cupcakes Recipe

A square close up of a Butterfinger cupcake on a wooden cutting board with a Butterfinger candy bar in the background next to a white towel.

Turn your favorite candy bar into cupcakes in this delicious Butterfinger Candy Cupcakes Recipe. We start this super easy recipe with a boxed cake mix. These yellow cake mix cupcakes are then loaded with Butterfinger candy bits and are iced with a peanut butter buttercream frosting. To top off these delectable treats, we then sprinkled them with more Butterfinger bits. Take these to your next gathering and they'll be the star of the event.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 15.25 ounce box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup Butterfinger Baking Bits, divided
  • 2 - 16 oz containers buttercream frosting
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with 24 cupcake liners.
  2. Add the cake mix, water, oil, and eggs to a large bowl.
  3. Using an electric stand or hand mixer, beat for 2 minutes on high speed.
  4. Fold in ¾ cup of the Butterfinger Baking Bits.
  5. Divide the batter between the cupcake liners, filling each about ¾ of the way. Bake for 10 - 14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
  6. Add the frosting and peanut butter to a large bowl and beat until combined.
  7. Fill a piping bag equipped with the 1M frosting tip, then frost the cupcakes, and top them with Butterfinger Baking Bits.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 352Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 186mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 1gSugar: 34gProtein: 3g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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