Butterfinger Cupcakes – the ultimate Butterfinger cupcake recipe! Peanut butter cupcakes, chocolate ganache and peanut butter frosting with crushed Butterfingers. Created by our contributor, Lindsay Conchar.
I don’t know about you, but for me Halloween has always been all about the candy. The costume was simply necessary in order to get said candy. I’m pretty sure I was a witch for many years simply so that I’d have a costume and could go trick-or-treating.
And when it came to candy – the more, the better. We’d go door to door for hours. Then when my brother and I were done trick-or-treating, we’d pour all our candy out onto the floor, sort it and then trade the candy we didn’t like for other candy. Of course Butterfingers have always been a big hit. Who can resist the crunch and the peanut butter?!
These cupcakes really are the most delicious way to eat a Butterfinger. The cupcake is light, fluffy and full of peanut butter. And to make sure it has that extra special Butterfinger flavor, it has bits of the candy that are crushed up and added right to the batter. Just a tip – if you have a food chopper, that was the easiest and quickest way to crush up the Butterfinger. Worked like a charm!
Once the cupcakes are baked, they are topped with a little layer of chocolate ganache. I thought the chocolate would break up the peanut butter a bit, plus Butterfingers are covered in chocolate, so it’s totally necessary. ☺ You could even drizzle a little chocolate over the top, if you like.
Sitting atop the cupcakes is a peanut butter frosting that is again filled with crushed Butterfingers. The combination of everything is perfectly peanut butter-y with the distinct flavor of Butterfinger. Perfection!
I shared these with friends and they were a big hit! At first they claimed they were too pretty to eat, but they quickly got past that and devoured them all. I hope you enjoy them too!
The ultimate Butterfinger cupcake recipe! Peanut butter cupcakes, chocolate ganache and peanut butter frosting with crushed Butterfingers.
- Yield: 14 - 16 Cupcakes
- Skill Level: ✽ ✽ ✽
For the Peanut Butter Cupcakes:
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup sour cream, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 large egg whites, room temperature
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons milk, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons water, room temperature
- ½ cup crushed butterfingers
For the Chocolate Ganache:
- 5 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
- 6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
For the Peanut Butter Frosting:
- ½ cup salted butter
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup shortening (or substitute additional butter)
- 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 3 – 4 tablespoons water or milk
- ¾ cup crushed butterfingers
Make the Peanut Butter Cupcakes:
- Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C) and prepare a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar, butter and peanut butter. Using an electric mixer on medium, beat until light in color and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Do not skimp on the amount of mixing time.
- Add sour cream and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
- Add egg whites in two batches, mixing until well combined after each. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate small measuring cup, combine the milk and water.
- Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until well combined. Add the milk mixture and mix until well combined. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated.
- Stir in the crushed butterfingers.
- Fill the cupcake liners about halfway. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs.
- Remove cupcakes from oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.
Make the Chocolate Ganache:
- Add the chocolate chips to a medium sized bowl. Microwave the heavy whipping cream until it almost comes to a boil.
- Pour the cream over the chocolate chips, cover the bowl with clear wrap for 3-4 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Set aside to cool.
Make the Peanut Butter Frosting:
- While the chocolate ganache cools, make the frosting. Combine the butter, peanut butter and shortening with a mixer until smooth.
- Add about half of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth and well combined.
- Add 2-3 tablespoons of water or milk to the frosting and mix until well combined.
- Add remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
- Add additional water or milk, as needed, to get the right consistency, then stir in the crushed butterfinger. Set aside.
- Spread a layer of chocolate ganache onto the top of each cupcake.
- Pipe the frosting onto the top of each cupcake. I used a large round pastry tip.
- Top the cupcakes with additional crushed butterfinger and a piece of butterfinger, if desired.