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.
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.
Top each cupcake with payday crumbles. Resist the urge to eat all the payday!
…and enjoy! ♥
- 1 box chocolate cake mix
- 1 cup 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. My cupcakes took about 24 minutes in the oven. To make the frosting, combine butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Mix the frosting until creamy and lump free. 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.