M&M Cupcakes

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These M&M Cupcakes are so crazy good! M&M Frosting on top of a Milk Chocolate Cupcake!

So these cupcakes.

I hate to say it, but they were totally my kid’s idea.  Again.



Earlier in the week I shared his Red Velvet Cake Krispie Treats.

And today.


He’s nailed. it.


I honestly need to put him on the pay roll, because these are my new favorite cupcake.

It’s the frosting you guys.


We were driving one day last week and he said, “What if you crushed up M&Ms and added them into frosting.  Like a Blizzard.”


Seriously my heart stopped from love. So basically I raced home because I knew the idea was too good to be true.

It wasn’t. It was truth. A plain, bold, delicious, candy truth.

Is there anything better?

M&M Cupcakes: M&M Frosting on top of a Milk Chocolate Cupcake.

M&M Cupcakes ~ M&M Frosting on top of a delciouis MIlk Chocolate Cupcake! | www.cookiesandcups.com | #cupcakes #candy #frosting #M&MOk.  More truth.

These cupcakes took me 3 tries to perfect.

I knew I wanted a good milk chocolate cupcake…and I knew I wanted melted milk chocolate in the batter.


The first batch.  HORRIBLE.  Basically inedible.

The second batch…slightly closer, but still meh.


Then, going against my husband’s best interest I made the third batch.

I was not in an ideal mood.


But finally I got it.  Third tries rule.

Seriously, these are perfect Milk Chocolate Cupcakes.


The thing is…since I was feeling homicidal after the first 2 failures I didn’t take any pictures of the third batch.  I was scared for my camera’s life, quite frankly.

So anyhow…you’re just gonna have to follow the recipe.  Sorry ’bout that.


Let’s move onto the frosting..because it’s really the ball-hog here.


First just cream some butter and add in powdered sugar.  Slowly.

Not like I did here…noob.
 photo IMG_3409_zpsa1e7497f.jpgWhen that’s light and fluffy…

 photo IMG_3410_zps56f9cb89.jpggo ahead and blend up those M&Ms.

This is where my kiddo helped…

 photo IMG_3412_zpscb7c0765.jpgRight in the blender they go…

 photo IMG_3416_zps9ded7c30.jpgBoom. Pow. Smash.

 photo IMG_3419_zpsb65e71b6.jpgM&M dust.

 photo IMG_3421_zps339b97b5.jpgThen beat that right in the frosting…

 photo IMG_3424_zps1167168e.jpgAnd pipe it all up on your cupcake…

M&M Cupcakes ~ M&M Frosting on top of a delciouis MIlk Chocolate Cupcake! | www.cookiesandcups.com | #cupcakes #candy #frosting #M&MY’all are gonna die.  The frosting tastes like a giant M&M cloud.

Ok, that sounded stupid…but it kinda does.

M&M Cupcakes ~ M&M Frosting on top of a delciouis MIlk Chocolate Cupcake! | www.cookiesandcups.com | #cupcakes #candy #frosting #M&MMake these.

M&M Cupcakes
Makes 15 cupcakes
Milk Chocolate Cupcakes
  • ¼ cup butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup hot water
M&M Frosting
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup M&M Candies, blended to a coarse dust
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together in stand mixer, beating until light, 1-2 minutes. Add in egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  4. In microwave or over a double boiler melt the milk chocolate.
  5. Stir the chocolate into the butter mixture.
  6. Add the flour mixture and sour cream in alternating increments, starting and ending with the flour mixture.
  7. Stir until combined.
  8. Slowly add in hot water and stir until smooth.
  9. Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full and bake 15-17 minutes until tops are set and spring back to the touch.
  10. Cool completely on a wire rack.
M&M Frosting
  1. In blender or food processor crush M&M candies until they are a coarse dust.
  2. In bowl of stand mixer beat butter until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar and then beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in crushed M&Ms and beat until evenly incorporated.
  4. Pipe or spread onto cupcakes.
if you prefer a softer frosting, add milk, 1 teaspoon at at a time until you reach your desired consistency.



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Omg these look amazing!

Averie @ Averie Cooks

M&M dust. M&M frosting. OMG who needs the cupcakes! I just want THAT!

Belinda @themoonblushbaker

Oh you are so right to do this. The m&m dotted frosting would great on your movie snack cookies too


Holy smokes!! Amazed right now. I could eat that frosting with my finger and I would be so happy! Although, the milk chocolate cupcakes are also incredible! I’ll just take it all!! Girl, your son is a genius!

Jane @ Handiworking

So basically being in the car with your son is like a think tank on wheels. I wouldn’t let him out of the car until he comes up with more brilliance. And thinking of your M&M frosting, my mind goes to Peanut or Peanut Butter M&Ms … yum!


How about with pretzel m&m’s?? The frosting looks awesome!

Stephanie @ Back for Seconds

Woah. Your kid is brilliant! These look incredible, Shelly! So glad you pushed through and tried again the 3rd time. Yum!


Well at least now you can be ABSOLUTELY sure that he is your kid! GENIUS. GENIUS!!

Cat Davis

I almost always scrape most of the frosting off a cupcake but that seriously looks good enough to eat without the cupcake at all.

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

M&M frosting!?? I NEED that.


Mmmmmm chocolate… Love chocolate cupcakes more than chocolate cake..OK now that’s out..have to go whip some up..dang double dang hee heeee.. Have to wait till the weekend.. Have to work tomorrow, but I know what I will be making this weekend.. Thank goodness you didn’t give up, like you said three times the charm.. Yummy for chocolate….


This frosting sounds delicious.


Oh my, that buttercream looks amazing. I’m not sure much of it would’ve ended up on the cakes if it had been me making it! I really want to make these cakes now.

Rachel Cooks

Umm, your son is a genius! The possibilities are endless. Reese Pieces, all those bite site candies — don’t they make everything in those now? York and Almond Joy and everything else? Oh my goodness. LOVE.


I love that the frosting is described as a M&M cloud! 🙂 YES! These look delicious.


What another great dessert from little one! I love the idea of crunchy crushed M&Ms in frosting!

Joanne - Inspired Taste

These cupcakes look amazing. I love how you grind up M&Ms and add to the frosting! Such a great idea.

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

The frosting on these is sooooooo fluffy! Awesome cupcakes! 🙂


I never say no to M&M’S!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Such a fun idea! Loving that frosting!


I love when family members contribute fun recipe ideas and I really love the little M&M specks in the frosting. Great idea to chop them up in a blender!

Annie @ Annie

Love these!! I could just eat that frosting by the spoonful!

Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

Totally love how you put the M& M’s in the frosting!!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Love the idea – this opens the door to so many other great frostings too!

Cookin Canuck

Your kid is all kind of brilliant. What a fantastic idea to put crushed M&Ms in the frosting.

Coco in the Kitchen

M&Ms pulverized right into the frosting?

Shelly – My giveaway is open til next Fri. So pls enter if you have a min! xo

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets

Oh my! What an amazing kid you have! Just the thought of m&ms in my blender..ahhh! My grandbabies are gonna love helping with these. 🙂

Mimi @ Culinary Couture

You have a little prodigy in your hands! These cupcakes are amazeballs!

Kim of Mo

My 5 y/o absolutely loves M&M’s (and really, who doesn’t?!) so I’m pretty sure this frosting will be make an appearance at our house!

Krislyn Porter

How long do you think these cupcakes would stay fresh, frosted in an airtight container?


Hi Shelly,
How long would these cupcakes keep in an air tight container?


What a great idea! Love it!

Tracy | Pale Yellow

You’re lucky to have such a smart kid! Love the M & M dust, a new staple ingredient in the cupboard!

Renee @ Awesome on $20

You have a very special child. These cupcakes look amazing. Thanks for doing all the hard work.

Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent

Wow those look amazing! M&M dust in the frosting. I would put that on anything. Great Idea 🙂

Dawn B

Yup – he’s a genius! I have some frozen buttercream with no foreseeable use… I wonder if I could just add crushed M&Ms to it and whip it up…


M&M frosting- it’s almost so obvious it’s like “duh”, but I never would have thought of it! Genius runs in your family. I am SO glad I have M&M’s in the pantry right now…

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

These sound SO amazing! I’m so glad you tried the third batch 🙂
I was shoveling ice cream down my gob like a crazy person this weekend, and between scoops, I asked my fiance: “Is there anything better than ice cream with blended m&ms? I love the little hard chocolate bits!”
So, obviously this frosting was made for me. Duh. Thanks!

Becky N

Oh man, I just made these cupcakes. The frosting is sooo good! I love the crunch the frosting has from the m&m’s. It really does taste like a giant m&m cloud! Kudos to your little guy that came up with the idea this yummy frosting! 😀


I adjusted this recipe a bit because I found white chocolate m&m’s. So I made white chocolate macadamia cupcakes with white chocolate m&m frosting. 🙂 Very yummy!


I usually can’t eat chocolate cake/cupcakes. But these were awesome. Thank you for sharing. I’m trying the frosting this weekend. Have you tried this cupcake recipe with white chocolate instead?

Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden

I’ve featured these insanely yummy cupcakes on my blog. I hope that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.


I made these tonight. That frosting is just insane. My M&M loving girls were in heaven. Thank you for the recipe!


Is there a problem with making the cupcakes into a cake??? Need to make a M&M bday cake…this looks great…just need a cake.


for anyone’s future reference…if you want to make a cake: double the recipe. I didn’t because everywhere I looked I only found this batter recipe for cupcakes. So I experimented. My 2 year old is going to have a fab 4 layer cake…it’s just gonna take all day to make it…back to making cake/cupcake batter.

nishita gandhi

hi, can you please tell the substitute for egg? thanks a ton! 😀


How many mini cupcakes do you think this would make? Any idea how long I would bake them as minis?


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