When my sister called and asked me to make a dessert for her office party, I jumped at the chance to recreate an old favorite. Way back toward the beginning of Willow Bird Baking, I made some fun Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes in which I stuck a whole frozen candy into each cupcake prior to baking. I enjoyed those (despite the candy losing a bit of crunch), but always wanted to find the time to tweak the concept a bit.

This was my chance! I wanted to take a moist chocolate cupcake, fill it with a giant dollop of the hazelnut-chocolate spread Nutella, ice it with rich chocolate frosting, and crown the whole thing with a Ferrero Rocher. The entire cupcake was designed to imitate the flavors in the candies themselves.

And why stop there? How easy would it be to fill some of the cupcakes with peanut butter instead, topping them with a huge Reese’s Cup? Hurray for candy cupcakes!

I could have gotten even more carried away (cupcakes filled with coconut pastry cream and topped with Mounds? Cupcakes filled with caramel and topped with Snickers?), but I reeled it in. That doesn’t mean we have to turn our imaginations off, though. What Candy Cupcake would you make?

Now, I am Wacky McWackerson. I’m as silly as they come. But that’s not why these cupcakes are called Wacky Candy Cupcakes instead of just regular ol’ Candy Cupcakes. Raise your hand if you’ve heard of Wacky Cake! Anyone?

Wacky Cake is NOT what you call the 2nd batch of cupcakes you make after ruining the previous batch and just barely convincing yourself not to throw your muffin pan across the apartment, spewing chocolate lava on your roommate’s couch (hey Barb!), but good guess. I did make these Wacky Cakes after a first batch of chocolate cupcakes flopped, but that’s not why they’re wacky.

Wacky Cake is actually just a vegan chocolate cake — no eggs, no milk — and is probably called “Wacky” ’cause vegans are just a little nutty sometimes . . . just kidding, just kidding! I love you, vegans! The truth is, no one really knows why it’s called wacky. Some say it’s because it’s a little wacky to make a cake with no eggs, which is just as good a reason as any, I guess. Regardless, Wacky Cake happens to be the perfect recipe to resort to after a flop that uses most of your eggs. Just call me MacGyver.

Turns out, Wacky Cake is also yummy and rich — the perfect cupcake base for my creation. I went and added un-vegan ingredients to complete the recipe, but if you’re a vegan looking for a great chocolate cupcake, the base recipe here is perfect for you. It’s also just plain easy to make.

The frosting, on the other hand, was a bit of a hassle. It doesn’t whip up very firm, so I had to refrigerate it for a bit and re-whip before frosting the cupcakes and sticking them in the fridge in a hurry. After sitting in the fridge overnight, though, the frosting is firm — and very chocolatey and delicious. I’d use it again for the taste, but I’d make sure to have refrigerator space cleared out ahead of time to chill the cakes immediately.

Speaking of refrigerating these cupcakes, the Nutella jar expressly says not to refrigerate Nutella. Don’t worry — it’s not because the product turns toxic or anything, but actually because it firms up into almost a nougat texture, which for our purposes, is awesome. The center of the Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes was a hunk of hazelnut-chocolate love.

Overall, these cupcakes were tremendous! I greedily devoured the few I kept to sample, and Sarah says her coworkers were enthusiastic about them as well! Both varieties are the perfect imitations of their respective candies, incredibly indulgent, and simple to make. If you’re used to making a plain cupcake-n-frosting combo, why not get a little feisty, add a sweet filling and a candy topping, and pump up your cupcakes? It’s a quick and easy way to turn a dull dessert into something special.

Now it’s your turn: Think up a cupcake-version of your own favorite candy. Tell me about how you’d make it in the comments section — and bonus points for ACTUALLY DOING IT! Send me photos of your candy cupcake creations to post on Willow Bird Baking!

Ferrero Rocher and Reese’s Cup Cupcakes

Recipe by: Adapted Wacky Cake recipe from Being Wife and frosting from Hershey’s
Yields: about 30 cupcakes

Wacky Cake Ingredients:
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
6 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons vinegar
12 tablespoons of mazola or vegetable oil
2 cups water

“Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Frosting Ingredients:
1 cup (2 stick) butter
1 1/3 cup cocoa powder
6 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup milk
2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Candy supplies needed:
Creamy peanut butter (I don’t use the natural sort for this because I kind of want a processed, sweet flavor)
15 Ferrero Rocher candies
15 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (I use the big sort!)

NOTE: You may want to make these cupcakes the night before you intend to serve them, since the frosting needs time to set in the refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 30 cupcake wells with cupcake liners. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, and baking soda.

Add vanilla, vinegar and oil, stirring until smooth. It’s normal for the mixture to seem thick and pasty right now. Add the water and mix (carefully to avoid splattering) until there are no lumps in the batter.

Pour mixture into prepared cupcake pans. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.

Carefully hollow out each cupcake using a table knife, and reserving the scraps for another use (maybe cake balls?). Using a piping bag or a ziplock with the corner cut off, fill half the cupcakes with peanut butter and the other half with nutella.

Make frosting: Melt the butter and stir in the cocoa. Alternate adding powdered sugar and milk, and beat to spreading consistency. Stir in vanilla. I refrigerated my frosting after beating to give it a thicker consistency, since it wasn’t as firm as I’d like. Unwrap all your candies while it refrigerates, because you’ll have to work quickly.

Have a platter ready in the fridge to receive finished cupcakes (the frosting is not very secure until it’s been refrigerated for at least a few hours). Pipe a big rosette onto each cupcake, covering your filling, and plop the appropriate candy onto the middle. Place finished cupcakes directly in the fridge to sit for a few hours, and take out immediately before serving.

Other fun candy cupcakes around the internet: 100 Grand Cupcakes, Snickers Cupcakes, another version of Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes.

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60 Comments on Wacky Candy Cupcakes: Ferrero Rocher and Reese’s Cup

  1. Monica H
    August 20, 2010 at 8:06 pm (11 years ago)

    These remind me of the ones I made in February. They were so good I might have to make them again. I love that you stuck a whole PB cup on top of that cupcake- awesome!

  2. Anna Johnston
    August 20, 2010 at 8:19 pm (11 years ago)

    Well., there you go. I knew one wasn’t to refrigerate Nutella, but never took it to the next step as you did; thanks for sharing that little tip.
    Cupcakes look amazing too BTW..
    Cheers Anna

    • Julie
      August 20, 2010 at 8:26 pm (11 years ago)

      πŸ™‚ Thanks, Anna.

  3. Amy
    August 20, 2010 at 8:23 pm (11 years ago)

    OMG thosee look AWESOME…you have given me the idea to now try to make cupcakes with the coconut almond raffaello candys. So yumm.

    • Julie
      August 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm (11 years ago)

      Yay, Amy, love that idea! You could use the Coconut Pastry Cream from my Ugly as Sin Coconut Cake if you wanted — it’s so, so good. Or maybe even straight coconut? Mmm. Let me know how it goes!

      • Amy
        August 20, 2010 at 8:30 pm (11 years ago)

        I am gonna do it next weekend I think!! I am inspired πŸ™‚ I will be sure to let you know how it goes.

        • Julie
          August 20, 2010 at 8:50 pm (11 years ago)

          Please do! I’d love to see pictures!

  4. Meggie Wallace
    August 20, 2010 at 8:31 pm (11 years ago)

    I love love that frosting recipe! It’s a favorite here at home πŸ™‚

    These cupcakes look wonderfully delicious!!! I love your posts πŸ™‚

    • Julie
      August 20, 2010 at 8:51 pm (11 years ago)

      Thanks, Meggie!!

  5. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    August 20, 2010 at 11:48 pm (11 years ago)

    They may be wacky, but they sure look delicious! The Nutella one really is tempting me. I love the candy on top!

    • Julie
      August 21, 2010 at 12:05 am (11 years ago)

      Thanks, Betty! πŸ™‚

  6. Natalie
    August 21, 2010 at 12:10 am (11 years ago)

    Those look amazing! I love Nutella and Ferraro Rocher, and am excited to try making those cupcakes.

    Also, I’ve been following Willow Bird Baking for a while now and just discovered that you’re also on Curious Cupcakes! Very cool πŸ™‚

    • Julie
      August 21, 2010 at 12:17 am (11 years ago)

      Too funny! πŸ™‚ Thanks, Natalie!

  7. SohdaLex
    August 21, 2010 at 2:35 am (11 years ago)

    oh my good-ness. So my mouth literally just fell open upon seeing these pictures. What kind of candy cup cake would I make? I think I would be quite content with the flavors you picked. Hit the nail on the head! πŸ˜‰ It is almost 3 in the morning now and all I want is a Reece cup – cake.

    I will definitely be checking back in!

    • Julie
      August 21, 2010 at 8:32 am (11 years ago)

      Aw, thanks! πŸ™‚

  8. taylor
    August 21, 2010 at 11:28 am (11 years ago)

    I would definitely go for the Ferrero Rocher cupcake…I absolutely love Nutella! My candy cupcake creation would be Almond Joy…a chocolate cupcake filled with some sort of coconut cream, topped with a chocolate frosting with chopped almonds. Now I just need a reason to make cupcakes!

    • adventuresincupcakes
      August 21, 2010 at 12:07 pm (11 years ago)

      you mean we have to have a reason to make cupcakes? how about wednesday? that sounds like a good reason to me πŸ™‚

      • Julie
        August 21, 2010 at 5:53 pm (11 years ago)

        Me too! πŸ˜‰

    • Julie
      August 21, 2010 at 5:54 pm (11 years ago)

      Yum!! Taylor, there’s a coconut pastry cream recipe on my Ugly as Sin Coconut Cake post that would be AMAZING in a cupcake!

  9. newlywed
    August 21, 2010 at 2:32 pm (11 years ago)

    Those look GREAT! I can’t imagine anything more perfect than a peanut butter cup cupcake! You know, I read once that Wacky Cake actually originated in WWII…because of the rations on eggs and butter. I think it may pre-date all those wacky vegans πŸ™‚

    • Julie
      August 21, 2010 at 5:53 pm (11 years ago)

      I read that too, and it’s more plausible, though perhaps slightly less silly πŸ˜‰ Thank you!

  10. Jessica
    August 21, 2010 at 3:06 pm (11 years ago)

    Oh yum! I love both of those candies!

    • Julie
      August 21, 2010 at 5:53 pm (11 years ago)

      Me too! It was heavenly having both represented πŸ˜‰

  11. Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox
    August 21, 2010 at 6:57 pm (11 years ago)

    Oh my goodness gracious. Those look like evil sinful I-gotta-have-it goodness. Wow, if I could just reach through the screen and grab a bite! Wacky? Nope just wonderful!

    • Julie
      August 21, 2010 at 6:59 pm (11 years ago)

      Aw, thanks Amanda!

  12. Trix
    August 22, 2010 at 9:09 am (11 years ago)

    Ohh, this is madness. I love it! Hmmm … maybe a fleur de sel caramel cupcake?

    • Julie
      August 22, 2010 at 1:14 pm (11 years ago)

      Yummm, Trix! Make it happen!!

  13. Jacqueline Gates
    August 22, 2010 at 3:57 pm (11 years ago)

    Oh dear Lawd, I think I gained 3lbs just reading this blog!!
    So very glad you visited me, you domestic Goddess you, and this post has me preheating the oven as I write …
    With a vegan/vegetarian family, the Wacky cupcake is going to be a hit.

    Next time I have some Cherry cordials (my absolute fave) I am going to try those in the center, perhaps with some Ameretto added to the icing. What do you think?

    Since my kitchen is my Happy Place, I can see me returning to visit you many many times in the future.

    Bliss and blessings,
    the goddess known as Jacqui

    • Julie
      August 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm (11 years ago)

      Jacqui, thanks for visiting! I think your Cherry Cordial Cupcake sounds WONDERFUL! Hope you make them and love them!

  14. Barbara Bakes
    August 23, 2010 at 12:08 am (11 years ago)

    A Nutella filling sounds heavenly. I may just go get myself a scoop right now. Such gorgeous cupcakes. What a fun idea. I would have to give Milky Way ones a go.

    • Julie
      August 23, 2010 at 12:28 am (11 years ago)

      Ooh, Milky Way — sounds like a great idea!

      Thanks, Barbara!

  15. Debbie
    August 23, 2010 at 4:42 am (11 years ago)

    That frosting looks divine! The color is a unique chocolate color and it looks so creamy. I will be sure to clear out some space in the fridge for it though, thanks so much!

    • Julie
      August 23, 2010 at 8:58 am (11 years ago)

      Thanks, Debbie! πŸ™‚

  16. naomi
    August 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm (11 years ago)

    I love these candy cupcakes. Problem or blessing-I would end up eating them all by myself. Um, I’m gonna go with the latter.

    • Julie
      August 23, 2010 at 6:15 pm (11 years ago)

      Thank you, Naomi πŸ˜‰

  17. Natalie (The Sweets Life)
    August 23, 2010 at 3:22 pm (11 years ago)

    What a great recipe! I should try to make a milky way cupcake…that’s my husbands favorite. Hmm..

    • Julie
      August 23, 2010 at 6:16 pm (11 years ago)

      Thanks, Natalie! I totally want to see your Milky Way version!!

  18. Andrea @ Thin Thighs & Sweet Potato Fries
    August 24, 2010 at 12:25 pm (11 years ago)

    Reading this post provoked me to eat 2 very large spoonfuls of Dark Chocolate Dreams last night! I was craving these cupcakes and it seemed like the closest thing I was gonna get! πŸ˜‰

    • Julie
      August 25, 2010 at 1:04 am (11 years ago)

      LOL too funny, Andrea! My other friend also raided her fridge after reading this — for Nutella, in her case. I’m totally a temptress πŸ˜‰

  19. oneordinaryday
    August 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm (11 years ago)

    Oh, I’m all for the reese’s cup cupcakes. Yum.

    • Julie
      August 25, 2010 at 11:44 pm (11 years ago)

      Thanks πŸ™‚

  20. Mariya
    August 26, 2010 at 3:57 pm (11 years ago)

    oh my god, i stumbled across your blog and saw this post and i just had to comment. these cupcakes look amazing!! i don’t know what candy I would use… you used the perfect combo. thanks for sharing!

    • Julie
      August 26, 2010 at 5:11 pm (11 years ago)

      Thanks, Mariya πŸ™‚

  21. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    August 27, 2010 at 6:46 am (11 years ago)

    Oh Julie these look amazing! And you know this is even better because it is like two desserts in one! πŸ˜› Sign me up for a wacky cupcake please! πŸ˜€

    • Julie
      August 27, 2010 at 7:12 am (11 years ago)

      Thanks, Lorraine πŸ™‚

  22. Maranda
    August 29, 2010 at 7:04 pm (11 years ago)

    oh wow! I do love those Reese’s cupcakes too! I love the swirl of the chocolate frosting that ends with the Reese’s cup! Great job (as always). So creative!

    • Julie
      September 2, 2010 at 6:32 pm (11 years ago)

      Thanks, Maranda πŸ™‚

  23. Megan
    September 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm (11 years ago)

    You are awesome. I would use Nutella and Rochers as well. That’s the perfect combo. And you’re like me in that you can’t just stop at one thing… there must be more than one dessert option!

    • Julie
      September 2, 2010 at 8:10 pm (11 years ago)


      Thanks, Megan πŸ™‚

  24. Cole Stan
    October 25, 2010 at 5:02 am (11 years ago)

    Chocolate lovers will definitely love these! The creativity is obviously there! It’s just like giving your cupcake more value than ever! No one will say no to ferrero rocher and reeses cup anyway! LOL Great desserts for all ages!

  25. Barbara
    April 5, 2011 at 8:59 pm (10 years ago)

    My first inclination was to say I’d make something with a Heath bar, but then – shazam! Another thought crowded that one out of my head. I’d make New Orleans style pralines and instead of frosting, plunk a large spoonful of freshly cooked not-yet-set brown sugar goodness right on top of a chocolate cupcake, swirl it a bit and let it cool.

    • Helen Sewell
      July 31, 2011 at 11:23 am (10 years ago)

      The thought of doing that with a praline is almost too delicious sounding to handle. Thank you for the idea, next time I get out my cupcake pan I’m going to have to try it!! =)

  26. Helen Sewell
    July 31, 2011 at 11:28 am (10 years ago)

    These cupcakes are genius, thank you for the inspiration! I definitely want to try something with Heath bar, 1000 grand bar or, hmm maybe something topped with mini Toblerones.

    As for the “wacky cake” Have you run across (or come up with) any good vanilla style recipes?

    • Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
      July 31, 2011 at 2:41 pm (10 years ago)

      Thanks, Helen! I don’t know of a quick vanilla version, but I bet you could search for “eggless vanilla cake” and find one! YUM re: heath bar! One of my faves!!

  27. Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden
    November 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm (9 years ago)

    Ferrero Rocher and Reese’s Cup Cupcakes are absolutely great, they must bu so rich and tasty. I’m delighted with them! I’ve featured this recipes on my blog! I hope you don’t mind! If you don’t agree with that please contact me and I will remove it. All the best.


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