Muddy Buddies Cupcakes

A muddy buddies cupcake version complete with a rich chocolate cupcake, peanut butter frosting, and muddy buddy garnish.

I think it is safe to say muddy buddies have changed my life, but in only the best ways possible.

Putting together possibly the greatest combination of foods: peanut butter + chocolate in a crunchy snack-like form? It’s absolutely revolutionary.

And now you can have them in a cupcake form!


1aThe chocolate cupcake base is a fancied up cake-mix. My sister is the master of fancying up cake-mixes. And I think they taste better than from scratch with less work.

Right now my sister is living in Finland, and I am in the US. Which makes for the sad fact that I can not force ask her to make me her famous fancy pants cake-mix cupcakes or cakes.

Because yes, I have done that. Like, for instance, when we both lived in the same city, I had her make my husband’s birthday cake. Am I a bad wife? No. Because she is seriously the best at these cake-mix things and I wanted him to have the best cake possible. Besides, I did make the whole dinner and wrapped all the presents…



But being away from my sister has forced me to get better. Or at least try out all of her techniques and tricks.

Like adding a dry pudding mix to the cake mix that already has pudding in it. Can we just talk about rich and fudddddge? Yes. fudgy, rich, over-the-top C.H.O.C.O.L.A.T.E

Also known as yum.

My favorite cake mix to work with is Betty Crocker’s chocolate fudge. Pudding mix comes pre-included with the mix. And then I add even more pudding – chocolate fudge pudding mix to be exact. (Put the pudding mix in dry.)

Then the wet ingredients: eggs, vegetable oil, sour cream, yogurt, vanilla extract. Stir it, pour it, bake it. Try not to devour. Because the frosting – also known as the reason to eat cupcakes – still needs to be piped on these cupcakes.

Muddy Buddy Cupcakes by Chelsea's Messy ApronA thick and flavorful peanut butter frosting on top of these cupcakes. And then these cupcakes get sprinkled in powdered sugar. Lots and lots of powdered sugar – muddy buddy style!

With, of course, a muddy buddy garnish to finish these off.

Muddy Buddies Cupcakes
Author: Chelsea Lords
  • 1 (15.25 oz) Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 1 (3.9 oz) chocolate fudge pudding mix, dry
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (or plain)
  • 2 and 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or sub scant 1 cup milk + 1 tbsp vinegar- mixed together and let sit for 5 minutes)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (not a natural or no-stir version)
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature (do not sub margarine)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-4 tbsp. milk
Muddy Buddies
  • 2 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
  • 3-4 tsp. butter
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with liners and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the pudding and cake mix.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, vegetable oil, sour cream, yogurt, vanilla, and buttermilk.
  4. If you don’t have buttermilk, combine 1 cup of milk with 1 tbsp. white vinegar in a separate cup and let sit for 5 minutes and then add to mixture.
  5. Mix wet and dry until combined (do not over-stir or beat in too much air)
  6. Fill up the liners 3/4ths the way full and bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove and let cool.
  1. In a separate bowl, place the peanut butter and microwave for 30-45 seconds. Combine the peanut butter with softened butter and beat together in a stand mixer or with hand beaters until smooth and creamy. Add in the vanilla and powdered sugar. Beat together and slowly add in the milk until the frosting consistency is reached.
Muddy Buddies:
  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter and vanilla. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir until melted. Return to microwave for 15 seconds if needed. The mixture will be thick. Coat the chex cereal in the chocolate mixture until covered. (I used my hands to get the cereal covered in the chocolate)
  2. Pour the coated cereal into a large resealable plastic bag.
  3. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag and shake until well coated.
Putting it together
  1. Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, pipe (or spread) the frosting onto the cupcakes.
  2. Sprinkle on powdered sugar and garnish with several muddy buddies.
  3. Store in an airtight container.

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