100 Grand Cupcakes*

Apparently the entire world is missing out on the amazingness of 100 Grand candy bars! And when I say the whole world….I may be talking about a total of 6 people…but to me that is the ENTIRE WORLD! I was checking out at the grocery store with my 4 packages of 100 Grand fun size candy bars (stop judging, they were buy one get one free), and the check out guy asked me what they were. Well I informed him that they are only the best candy bar ever! These are what made Halloween for me. Well, these and Kit Kat bars…but we won’t get into that now. Every Halloween I would hope and pray for these. And when I got older, I would raid my sisters candy for these brightly colored packages. Not only is the packing red (my favorite color), but they are worth 100 Grand! They are delicious milk chocolate, with the crunchy little nuggets inside like a Nestle Crunch…except they are also filled with delicious caramel! So being the kind, wonderful girl that I am, after checking out I opened one of the packages and gave the cashier one of these little babies to try.

But I didn’t stick around to see how he liked it. I wish I could have, but I had places to go, people to see, and cupcakes to bake! So my next stop was to go buy myself a cupcake carrier because I have had way too many cupcakes meet an early death because of ill packaging. I went to Home Goods, I went to Kohls, I went to Target, and finally I went to Ross. And guess what I found there? A $6 double decker red (remember it’s my favorite color) cupcake carrier! And while I have the subject of Ross brought up…if you are ever in the market for anything kitchen related, check their first! I can not even being to tell you how many kitchen utensils and what nots I have bought there! They are cheaper then any other place, including Target, and they are a much better brand! I have tons of Kitchen Aid spatulas that I have collected from there (at $2 a pop….instead of $8 at other stores).

After I bought my fancy new cupcake carrier, it was back to the house to whip up a batch of these. I made my first batch for my Mom and learned a couple mistakes from it. First, I followed the recipe for Snickers Cupcakes found on My Baking Addiction. I followed her recipe of dressing up a boxed cake mix…but the cupcakes never rose to make a pretty dome on top and thus ended up having to much icing on them because of that. Also I went against my better judgment and followed her recipe and added the shortening to the buttercream frosting. But the next time I made these, I got it just right! I used my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe and I added a little more salt to the icing…and skipped the shortening. And it all paid off! These cupcakes were nothing short of phenomenal. I took 24 cupcakes over to a get together of 6 people…and I came home with 3. So you know they were good…actually they were perfect!




100 Grand Cupcakes

Recipe Note: Make sure and follow the directions and freeze which ever candy bar you choose to place inside of the cupcake. If you do not freeze them, they will melt to quickly and fall to the bottom of the cupcakes. And these cupcakes do not need to refrigerated like some buttercreams. Butter of course can stay out and the caramel also does not need refrigeration.


Chocolate Cupcakes:
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
8 frozen 100 Grand snack size candy bars, cut into thirds

Salted Caramel Frosting:
2 sticks unsalted butter; room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 pound confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup caramel topping; plus more for drizzling
1 teaspoon salt


Chocolate Cupcakes:
Heat oven to 350°F.

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).

Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups.Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Add in one piece of frozen 100 Grand bar. Add an additional tablespoon batter on top to ensure the candy bar is covered. Bake 22 to 25 minutes.

Salted Caramel Frosting:

Cream the butter in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer. Add the vanilla extract, salt and caramel syrup and combine well.

Begin adding in the sugar and mixing thoroughly after each addition. After all of the sugar has been added and mixed thoroughly, give it a taste and decide if you want to add in more caramel syrup. For thicker frosting you can gradually add in a little more sugar.

Garnish with chopped 100 Grand bars and a drizzle of caramel of caramel syrup.

Chocolate Cupcakes adapted from Hershey's
Salted Caramel Buttercream adapted from My Baking Addiction

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84 Responses to “100 Grand Cupcakes”

  1. 1

    Adriana from Bittersweet Baker — August 21, 2010 @ 4:05 am

    Your cupcakes look so, so good! I’m going to try your recipe for the cupcakes but use Snickers because I don’t have any 100 Grand bars on hand.

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    Chef Dennis — August 21, 2010 @ 7:26 am

    Great cupcakes!! I love using candy as an ingredient, my girls will love these! Thanks for the tip on freezing the candy first, it certainly makes sense!

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    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — August 21, 2010 @ 8:23 am

    Crazy! Great minds think alike — go look at my latest post 😉 It’s a candy cupcake kind of week, I guess!

  4. 4

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    Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes — August 21, 2010 @ 8:38 am

    Yay! They’re here! So, we are full on candy bar twins. These and Kit-Kats are my absolute faves, too!

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    TheKitchenWitch — August 21, 2010 @ 9:11 am

    At Halloween, I would always trade Sweet Tarts for my sister’s 100 Grands. I got the better deal, I think! Those cupcakes are sinfully gorgeous!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — August 21, 2010 @ 9:21 am

    Have you ever had a Take 5 candy bar? Yum, diddly-dum!

    Anyways, these look divine, AS USUAL! Glad to hear you picked up a cupcake carrier, FINALLY!

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    velva — August 21, 2010 @ 10:00 am

    Love 100,000 dollar bars! Love these cupcakes! You did a fabulous job.

  9. 9

    Ally — August 21, 2010 @ 11:02 am

    These looks unbelievable! The pictures are the best part–have you posted them on Fiddme yet?

  10. 10

    Leah — August 21, 2010 @ 11:54 am

    You and your cupcakes! I love it! That candy bar is so under the radar. Such a great idea for a cupcake. I’ll be waiting by my mailbox for a delivery of these, please.

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    Katie — August 21, 2010 @ 12:08 pm

    Seriously drooling at the thought of these! YUM YUM! And I agree with Erinsfoodfiles – Take 5 bars are also ridiculously good…

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    Kerri — August 21, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

    so not ass friendly… but totally worth it i’m sure!

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    Maren (Simply Maren) — August 21, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

    100 Grand Cupcakes? So strange but I never thought of using a 100 Grand Bar for baking. They look so delish. I love your blog, it’s so cute! Can’t wait to keep reading.

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    Shannon — August 21, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

    I have a mad obsession for cupcakes and 100 Grand is my fav candy so this post pretty much just rocked my world!!! Love!!!!

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    Jacob's Kitchen — August 21, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

    I’m so glad you friended me on foodbuzz. Your site is really lovely, and your photography is an inspiration. These cupcakes sounds SO good! I used to love 100 grands growing up, and I don’t think I have had one in about ten years. You’re right, they ARE the best candy bar ever in the history of the world. And what a perfect excuse to go buy one! Thanks for sharing!

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    Janna M — August 21, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

    I was hoping to see a photo of the red cupcake holder…. maybe next time. These look delicious! The frosting is perfect. How does everyone get their cupcake frosting to look like that?

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    tasteofbeirut — August 21, 2010 @ 2:41 pm


    If someone did not know this candy bar, these photos would make him or her run to the store immediately!
    Love the shots and the recipe; comes in the nick of time too; been craving a decent cupcake lately!

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    abraham — August 22, 2010 @ 12:07 am


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    Xiaolu — August 22, 2010 @ 1:10 am

    These look deeevine and I could seriously take some frosting tips for you. I’m impressed you stuck with it and got it perfect on the 2nd try :).

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    Barbara Bakes — August 22, 2010 @ 10:19 pm

    Great tip to freeze the candy bars. You pictures are gorgeous! Sounds like a cupcake I could love.

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    Nicole — August 22, 2010 @ 10:35 pm

    I made these tonight! They are amazing. I think the salted caramel frosting is the best part. One thing that I did was cut up the candy bars first, then stuck them back in the freezer until I was ready for them. Also, I knew the batter would be thin (since you stated that) but at one point I needed to check the recipe to be sure I added everything! It’s quite runny, but turned out perfect! I can’t wait to share these cupcakes tomorrow! Thank you!

  22. 22

    Lisa-Marie — August 23, 2010 @ 2:52 am

    We don’t have these is the UK, but I might have to try to make something similar, because these look gooood!

  23. 23

    indie.tea — August 23, 2010 @ 3:21 am

    Those look and sound divine! I’m trying to drool…

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    Debbie — August 23, 2010 @ 3:38 am

    I have never tried Ross for kitchen supplies, I know that Marshall’s has some good deals sometimes though! Good call with the Kit-Kats and 100 Grands, I can’t wait for Halloween to get those little fun size bars! Thanks for the recipe!

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    MaryMoh — August 23, 2010 @ 4:52 am

    These cupcakes look very delicious. I love the frosting on top. Would be so good with a cup of tea. I don’t think I can stop at one 😀

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    Courtney — August 23, 2010 @ 6:46 am

    Oh my goodness! These look devine.

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    Jerri — August 23, 2010 @ 6:47 am

    These look awesome! I will have to give them a try.

    I do like to look at the deals at Ross. Last time there, I bought a cute apron …

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    McSister — August 23, 2010 @ 7:00 am

    Thanks for visiting our new blog. I LOVE 100 Grand bars. Your recipe looks wonderful although not ww friendly. I will definitely try this recipe at a later date!

  29. 29

    Katie@Cozydelicious — August 23, 2010 @ 8:24 am

    I’ve never had a 100 Grand bar! Crazy! But these cupcakes look awesome, so I’m going to have to get some ASAP!

  30. 30

    Anna — August 23, 2010 @ 10:37 am

    Yum! These are my favorite candy too…right up there with Mounds and Twix 😀 Great idea to make them into cupcakes.

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    Raina — August 23, 2010 @ 11:53 am

    Your cupcakes look amazing. I also love 100 Grand and Kit-Kat too:) That was so nice you gave the cashier one. I bet he is hooked now too.

  32. 32

    Cara — August 23, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    thumbs up from another 100Grand lover! Maybe we should have kept these our little secret!

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    Alexa @ Sohdalex — August 23, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

    Oh my word. These look unbelievable. In the best kind of unbelievable way.

  34. 34

    Pauline — August 23, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

    Thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my blog. I have to say, I LOVE your blog. I love anything & everything that has to do with chocolate/baking/candy etc. Thanks for stopping by so I could visit your blog. I look forward to coming back often. And that 100 Grand Cup Cake looks AWESOME!!!!


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    Susi — August 23, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    These cupcakes look mouthwatering delicious! I’m one of those people who loves the 100 Grand candy bar and might have “stolen” a few from my kids Halloween bags ;o) Great recipe!

  36. 36

    Juliana — August 23, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

    Oh yummie! This cupcakes look gorgeous! And you have a surprise in it…lovely decorated as well. Great pictures!

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    Natalie (The Sweets Life) — August 23, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

    I haven’t had a 100 Grand bar in years…must find some!!

    Your cupcakes are so picture perfect!!

  38. 38

    Misss_e — August 23, 2010 @ 1:48 pm

    The cupcakes look delish! They are so pretty! You need to go on that Cupcake Competition show on The Food Network: Cupcake Wars. These look way better than some of the crap they are trying to win with!

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    Becky — August 23, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

    100 Grand are my favorite too! They’re so under appreciated : )

    Man those cupcakes look amazing!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — August 23, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

    Oh my goodness, these are to die for! My dad used to sneak me 100 Grand bars which his co-worker (who also worked in the candy business) dropped off in a big box of every week, so needless to say it quickly became my all-time favorite candy. You’ve definitely done the candy justice with this incredible recipe! I would gladly pay you for just one bite of these!

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    Betty @ scrambled hen fruit — August 23, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

    Can you believe I’ve never had one of those candy bars? They sound so good in these cupcakes I may just have to pick one (or a bag of them) up the next time I’m in the grocery. They look sooooo good!

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    Sharlene — August 23, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

    YUM! I love 100 Grand bars. They were my favorite at Halloween too 😉

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    Rose — August 24, 2010 @ 8:00 am

    OMG! I have got to try these cupcakes. Of course I don’t have the skill to frost like that but I want to try the recipe. Thanks.

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    pigpigscorner — August 24, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

    I’ve never heard of this candy bar but sure sounds amazing!

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    Amanda — August 24, 2010 @ 12:18 pm

    Beautiful cupcakes! And I’m sure they taste just as great as they look.

  46. 46

    Abby — August 24, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

    I haven’t seen a 100 Grand in YEARS! Adorable cupcakes. Love your blog!

  47. 47

    oneshotbeyond — August 24, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

    do you live close enough to me so I can just drive over and grab me one of these? 😉

  48. 48

    Anne @ a daily slice — August 24, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

    OMG I love 100 grand bars :) I can’t wait to make these!!

  49. 49

    shaz — August 25, 2010 @ 7:03 am

    Whoa, these are some seriously amazing looking cupcakes. I’ve never had that candy bar before either, but they sound amazing.

    Thanks for checking out my little blog :)

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    Beth — August 25, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

    Making these today, with snickers only because there weren’t any 100 grands at my grocery store…sniff sniff…but its the salted carmel frosting that really gets me going!! can’t wait..will post to my blog!!

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    Joanne — August 25, 2010 @ 7:59 pm

    I am so very totally ashamed to say that I’ve never had 100 grand bars! I am headed to the local convenience store as we speak to pick some up. I obviously shouldn’t live without them any longer.

  53. 53

    Danelle — August 25, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

    I know you already have 52 comments, but I still feel compelled to tell you that 100 Grand is my favorite candy bar ever, and I am sitting here right now with my jaw on the floor!

  54. 54

    Melissa Daams — August 26, 2010 @ 7:46 am

    I’m not sure but the *100 grand* bar might be similar to the Dutch *Lion* bar… i will have someone send some soon to do a taste test comparison… but from what i remember i loved the 100 grand bar!!! kudos to you and your cupcakes :) mmmmmm – lekker

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    grace — August 26, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

    i haven’t had a 100 grand in AGES! well, technically, i’ve never had (or even seen) 100 grand, but you know what i mean. awesome cakelets.

  56. 56

    sadaf — August 26, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

    hi Jassica,
    I am really impressed….You Pipe these cups with butter cream very well and love the flavour of salted caramel.

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    Christy — September 24, 2010 @ 5:17 am

    I love 100 grand. And for the life of me (how stupid) I always wanna call them 1000 grand????!!! What?!? Yeah, don’t know…don’t you ever have a wrong pronunciation of someone’s name in your mind, and every time you go to say their name, the wrong one come’s out? Well, similar idea. But back to the reason I commented, I want to print this recipe badly & of course we are out of paper! So, off to the recipe folder it is! Nice blog:)

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    looks wonderful

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — September 21, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    I just now found your blog, and I cannot wait to try these cupcakes!!

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    Melanie — February 22, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    Hi I have made these three times. I was messing with the recipe to try to not use butter but it didn’t work. And with each, including today’s successful batch, I finally got them to bake right but the candy went straight to the bottom…. Is there a tip you could give me other then dusting them with flour to make it so they do not sink?

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    Melanie — February 22, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    That was to try to use butter instead of oil.***** should of proof read… Thanks :)

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    Charlotte Sheridan — August 22, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

    I made these tonight and they are AMAZING, thank you so much for the recipe! I used homemade caramel sauce and increased the count of caramel because I wanted a strong flavor. The frosting really makes these cupcakes so good! I made an extra batch to keep in the freezer because it was so delish. The 100 grand bars sunk to the bottom of the cupcake and melted, and mine were frozen solid and tossed in flour. When I make these again, I’ll lightly grease the cupcake wrappers so they don’t rip and stick to the candy bars. Overall, the best cupcakes I have made in a very long time! Can’t wait to serve these tomorrow and I can’t wait to make all the other recipes on this site!

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    Julie — September 19, 2014 @ 1:25 pm

    My candy bars were frozen- sank straight to the bottom. Were completely stuck to the bottom of the cupcake liner. Utter disappointment! What went wrong? I would love to give this a second shot :)

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    Jodi — November 13, 2015 @ 4:44 pm

    What frosting tip did you use on those cupcakes?

    • Jessica replied: — November 16th, 2015 @ 11:34 am

      Large Star Tip from BakeItPretty.com!

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