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Josh had two of his friends come into town to surprise him for his birthday.  All along, I was asking one of the guys what type of cupcake I should make.  And, of course, a response from a typical guy was "umm...we dont need cupcakes."

I took that response, and threw it out the window.  I went onto Pinterest and searched for some cupcake recipes.  I knew a simple cupcake was not going to do it.  So, I searched for "Twix" cupcakes since Josh's favorite candy bars are Twix. And, of course, I stumbled across a delicious recipe...THANK YOU PINTEREST!!!

So I started with this recipe Twix Cupcakes and went to the grocery!!

Twix Cupcakes
1 box of chocolate fudge cake mix (using all the necessary ingredients: eggs, oil, water)
1 box of Jello chocolate fudge instant pudding
1 Cup sour cream
2 pkgs of Keebler Simply Shortbread Cookies (I used 1 pkg)
1 jar smuckers caramel topping (I used smuckers squeezable topping my second batch.  WONDEROUS IDEA!!)
2 bags mini twix bars (I used 1 bag)
Line your cupcake pan with liners and place the shortbread cookies in the bottom of each liner.  Prepare the cake batter according to box directions.  Add dry ingredients of instant pudding mix and 1 Cup of sour cream.  Combine using hand held mixer until all combined.  In each cupcake liner, fill cups 2/3 full with chocolate batter.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.  Let cool completely and poke a hole into each cupcake center.  Use caramel topping to fill hole in each cupcake.  Do not overfill, but make sure the caramel rises to the top of the cupcake.

Caramel Buttercream Frosting
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 tsp of vanilla
half jar or container of smuckers caramel topping
2 lb bag of powdered sugar

To prepare frosting, add melted butter and vanilla into mixing bowl. While mixing, add half of powdered sugar and remaining caramel topping into bowl.  Continue mixing on medium to medium-high speed. Continue adding powdered sugar until desired thickness of frosting achieved. Frosting needs to be thick enough to not drip off of mixing beater. When frosting is at desired thickness, place into piping bag (or I use a ziploc bag and cut a hole at the tip) to pipe the frosting on the cupcakes.  Crunch/pummel/demolish the mini twix bars (using meat tenderizer was a good choice) and sprinkle the mini Twix pieces onto the top of each cupcake.  Serve and ENJOY!
These turned out to be not only a huge hit with the kids, but the adults also LOVED them! And Josh's friend that told me we didn't need cupcakes...well, he had a few himself ;-)

I ended up making more batter and frosting to create as a Thanksgiving dessert.  Needless to say, they were delicious the second time as well!!

Hope this inspires you to make some yummy treats!!
Susan Schmitz
12/16/2011 05:18:03

Making these for my Christmas party tomorrow! Thanks for the inspiration Sarah!

2/20/2012 13:02:50


9/30/2012 10:51:18

No cupcakes isn't a typical guy response, it's a typical Josh response. Love you both! ; )

2/11/2013 04:38:48

These look amazing and I'm planning on making them this week! I was wondering what brand of cake mix you used? Thanks!

10/21/2015 08:53:26

Sorry, Kate. This is probably so late! But, I have used any brand of cake mix, as long as it was the chocolate fudge mix.

Erica H
4/19/2013 12:46:13

These are probably the best cupcakes I have ever eaten. Followed the recipe exactly and they were DELISH! People couldn't stop raving about them. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

9/16/2014 18:09:17

Thank you so much for this recipe, I made them for a friend's birthday and she LOVED them!! Thank you for all the time and energy you put into this website, for people you may not ever meet. Bless you!! - Allie :)

11/8/2014 00:32:41


12/17/2014 02:26:12

Can I substitute the sour cream with Philadelphia original cooking cream

10/21/2015 08:52:25


Unsure if you ended up switching the creams. Did it work? I would think it would, but I have never even used Philadelphia cooking cream.

10/20/2015 12:08:26

How many cupcakes does this recipe typically make?

10/21/2015 08:51:32

Hey Shiana,

It makes approx 18-22 cupcakes! I hope you enjoy!


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