Pay day Cupcakes

Pay day cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes topped with peanut butter caramel frosting and sprinkled with payday candy bars. What better way to celebrate Mother’s day.

My Mom has always had a sweet tooth and would reach for something sweet after she finished a meal. One of her favorite desserts are payday bars. Chewy caramel candy bars coated in salted peanuts. The sweet and salty combination of this bar is hard to resist.

When creating the frosting I knew I needed to have a caramel and peanut butter flavor to mimic the candy bar. I knew brown sugar would give me the caramel flavor I desired. It is sweet and has the flavor of molasses which mimics caramel perfectly. Creamy peanut butter was added as well as a pinch of salt to bring out the sweetness.

As far as the foundation of our cupcakes, I used a store bought chocolate cake mix that was butter based. You can use any type of cake mix you prefer.

Try not to over-mix your cupcake batter. Thanks to flour the more you mix the tougher the cupcakes will be.

After mixing, divide cake batter into 24 cupcakes, filling about 2/3 of the way up. Place in the oven and cook for the recommended time per your box instructions.


Take out of the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan.

pay day cupcakes recipe

Place on a metal cooling rack until cool enough to handle.

For the frosting, cream butter, sugar, and peanut butter until creamy. I mixed my frosting by hand but you can easily use a hand or stand mixer.

Next, fold in the powdered sugar in two equal parts. Add in heavy cream and mix until creamy and thick like below.

Note: If frosting is too runny add in powdered sugar. If it is too thick add in more heavy cream.

Time to frost our cupcakes. Sometimes the toughest part of this task is getting the frosting into the pastry bag. A tip I always use is to place my pastry bag in a tall glass, folding the top of the bag over the sides. This ensures you are getting your frosting inside of your pastry bag and not on the outside. When you are done filling simply roll up the sides and push the frosting down to the tip.

To frost cupcakes with a pastry bag simply start at the edge of the cupcake and work your way around the cupcake in a circle.

pay day bar cupcakes

Top each cupcake with payday crumbles. Resist the urge to eat all the payday!

…and enjoy! ♥

pay day bar cupcakes

Payday Cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Total Time: 54 minutes
Servings: 24

Chocolate cupcakes topped with a caramel, salted peanut butter frosting. Topped with payday bits. A replica of an old favorite candy bars.


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 7 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 payday bars roughly chopped


  • Bake chocolate cake per box instructions. Allow them to cool and set aside until you are ready to frost.


  • To make the frosting, combine butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Mix until creamy and smooth. Fold in powdered sugar, in two parts then add in heavy cream.
  • Mix until creamy and smooth. After cupcakes have cooled frost cupcakes and top with payday crumbles. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.
Nutrition Facts
Payday Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 121mg5%
Potassium 104mg3%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 300IU6%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cupcakes, Dessert, Easy Recipe, Payday Cupcakes


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