Frito Cupcakes

Yes, you read that correctly – Frito cupcakes. I get a lot of crazy looks when I say I’m making Frito cupcakes… but don’t worry, they’re not scary at all.

If you were at Cupcake Camp last night, you may have had the chance to try these little babies yourself. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did! You all know I’m a huge fan of the salty-sweet, chewy-crunchy combos. These cupcakes have it all. I’ll be doing a whole Cupcake Camp recap post next week so today I’m going to focus on these cupcakes.

I went with mini cupcakes, but these would be great full-sized as well. You can use your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe, but I definitely recommend this peanut butter frosting recipe. I first used it to make some chocolate peanut butter cupcakes and since then it’s been my go-to peanut butter frosting recipe. It’s so smooth and delicious.

Since I’m kind of crazy about having pretty smooth frosting, I only added the crushed up Fritos to the filling portion of the cupcake. If you didn’t want to go through the extra step of filling the cupcakes, you could just slather the Frito/PB frosting on top of your cupcakes and that would also be delicious.

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Frito Cupcakes

Yield: 48 mini cupcakes


For the Frito Cupcakes
1 batch mini chocolate cupcakes (recipe below)
1 batch peanut butter frosting (recipe below)
1 batch Frito filling (recipe below)
Fritos for garnish

For the Chocolate Cupcakes
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp hot water
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
3/4 cups (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature

For the Peanut Butter Frosting
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/3 cup heavy cream

For the Frito Peanut Butter Filling
1 1/2 cups Frito Scoops
3/4 cup peanut butter frosting
3/4 tsp kosher salt


To assemble Frito Cupcakes
Allow cupcakes to cool completely. Using the cone method, remove a cone off the top of the cupcakes. Discard the tops, or eat them, or freeze them to snack on later.

Fill the cupcake with the Frito filling.

Frost with peanut butter frosting and top with a Frito.

For the Chocolate Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together cocoa and hot water until smooth. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Melt butter with sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring to combine. Remove from heat, and pour into a mixing bowl. With an electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat until mixture is cooled, 4 to 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add vanilla, then cocoa mixture, and beat until combined. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the sour cream, and beating until just combined after each.

Divide batter into lined cups, filling each three- quarters full. Bake, about 10-12 minutes. Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen up to 2 months, in airtight containers.

For the Peanut Butter Frosting
Place the confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work.

Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth.

For the Frito Peanut Butter Filling
Put Frito scoops into a plastic bag and crush with your hands or by using a can of food.

In a small bowl, stir together frosting, crushed Fritos, and salt.

Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe from Martha Stewart
Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe from Ina Garten

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26 Responses to “Homemade Three Musketeer Candy Bars”

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    How To Be Perfect — October 18, 2010 at 10:56 am

    This recipe looks fantastic, I would love to try it, any idea what I could use as a substitute for the frozen whipped topping? I think such a thing would be hard to find here, can I make it? x

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    KV — October 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    wow that looks simple, and 3 muskateers are the “healthier” candy bar, right? hehe

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — October 18, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Um, why is this recipe so easy? This could be deadly in my kitchen!

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    We Are Not Martha — October 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    These are SUCH a good idea!! Seriously, I’m super impressed! 🙂


  5. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — October 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Who knew you could make 3 Musketeers?! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    Megan — October 18, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Wow! They look just like the real deal, and that recipe sounds way too easy. So dangerous!!

  7. #
    becksterslaboratory — October 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Oh my goodness…these look amazing! Nicely done : )

  8. #
    Evan B — October 18, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Homemade candy makes my feel not as guilty when I’m devouring a whole bunch 🙂

  9. #
    The Small Boston Kitchen — October 19, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Seriously, you’re an amazing baker!! I would never think to make these at home. They look fantastic!

  10. #
    Carly — October 19, 2010 at 12:18 am

    I was afraid to read through the whole recipe in fear I’d run straight to the kitchen. they look amazing

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    theblogisthenewblack — October 19, 2010 at 11:59 am

    THis is my boyfriend’s favorite candy bar… I have to make these! 🙂

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    Boston Food Diary — October 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    These sound amazing Jen! Super simple- yet incredibly indulgent and definitely would satisfy a sweet tooth…or two…

  13. #
    Carolyn — October 19, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Wow – I had no idea these could be homemade! They look delicious!

  14. #
    naomi {@bakersroyale} — October 19, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I must make this! It’s one of mine and my husband’s favorite candy bar! YOurs look so great. I can’t wait to try it.

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    Kim Kelly — October 20, 2010 at 4:27 am

    This is my 2nd favorite candy. Now if only you could make butterfingers!! Love these, nicely done!!

  16. #
    Jennifer — October 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I LOVE how easy this recipe is! *saving*

  17. #
    oneordinaryday — October 21, 2010 at 12:24 am

    This candy gave me awesome mom status for quite a while. : )

  18. #
    nutmegnanny — October 21, 2010 at 2:34 am

    You are so talented! I wouldn’t have the patience to dip each of those little bites 🙂

  19. #
    Eliana — October 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I could not be trusted around these treats. They look too good to have just one, two or three….

  20. #
    Kristi — November 1, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I just made these homemade 3 Musketeers. My family said they tasted like the real thing, only a little richer. Mine were definitely not as pretty, they are so ugly 🙂

  21. #
    Jen — November 1, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Oh yea Kristi, mine weren’t very pretty. The only pretty ones I could find are in the picture!

  22. #
    Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday — November 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Wow! You MADE those? So impressed.

  23. #
    Dee — July 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Made these with my grandson and they were great! My husband now won’t eat a store bought musketeers bar.

    • beantownbaker — July 14th, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

      Isn’t that the good and bad thing about making stuff like this at home? Then you’ll never go back to store bought again!

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    Kaytee — August 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Could you tell me how many cups is in a 8oz tub of whipped topping??

    • beantownbaker — August 30th, 2013 @ 7:22 am

      From Kraft’s website, an 8 oz. tub of cool whip yields 3 cups.

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