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Friday, March 25, 2011

Mars Bar Cupcakes: They are out of this world!

Mars Bar Cupcakes by Baking Makes Things Better

These were absolutely delicious!  To make them I adapted this muffin recipe, so that I got the wonderful taste of the brown sugar but a more “cup-cakey” texture.

Mars Bar Cupcakes by Baking Makes Things Better - mmm mmm

1 ¾ cups flour
½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
⅓ cup sugar
½ teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
⅔ cup milk
2 eggs
150g butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
10 “fun sized” Mars Bars

In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugars, baking powder and the salt.
In a separate bowl mix together the milk, eggs, butter and vanilla.
Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the milk mixture.  Stir to combine.
Spoon the batter into prepared muffin pans, filling the casings just over half way, place ½ a fun sized Mars bar in the centre of each and then cover the Mars bar chunk with a spoonful of mixture.

Mars Bar Cupcakes by Baking Makes Things Better - putting in the hidden mars bar bits

Bake at 180˚C for 15-20 minutes or until the tops bounce back when touched and a skewer can be removed cleanly.
To decorate ice with a cream cheese icing and ⅓ of a fun sized Mars bar.

Mars Bar Cupcakes by Baking Makes Things Better - YUM
Just scrummy! Enjoy :-)


  1. Love the icing on the top - cute! I think I will have to make them once I am settled in at the new place - or... you could bring some around when you come for a visit!

  2. These look great... well done! Might make a batch today :)

  3. i was just wondering you mention salt in the method but in the list of ingredients salt isnt listed..just wonderign how much salt you put in there?

  4. Hi, apologies. I have updated the recipe now and the original recipe I adapted as they were both missing ½ a tsp of salt. I haven't made these cupcakes for about 10 months and am now craving them!

  5. i made some of these on the weekend and they are yumm, i am also going to attempt them with a pinky bar instead of the mars bar

    1. Great idea - glad you liked the recipe :)

  6. When you say flour do you mean plain or self raising?

    1. Plain. If a recipe on our site says something like '1 cup flour' it means plain flour, we specify if it's something different like self raising.

  7. These were amazing! I used white chocolate icing instead of cream cheese and was yum!

    1. Glad you enjoyed them Nicole! They have become one of the most popular recipes on the blog. I really should make these again, it has been too long :-)

  8. I just made these for the first time-delicious!I might make them for the SPCA cupcake sale.

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  10. The best Mars Bar cupcakes EVER... I prefer the vanilla cupcake base to the chocolate of other recipes. I used a chocolate vanilla butter cream icing only because I didn't have any cream cheese. It was still delicious!

  11. Is it possible to freeze these before you ice them?
    If not - how long do they keep?
    I'm making them for a party on Friday night. Can I bake them on Wednesday night!?

    1. You can bake them whenever you like ;-) I am not a fan of freezing baking and always bake fresh but I can't see why you couldn't freeze them - although I personally have not done it.

  12. I'm new to New Zealand baking so these are sitting in my oven right now. So far they're looking good, but do you have any tips for avoiding the dreaded mountain peak when it comes to cupcakes?