Robicelli's Liddabit Cupcakes

October 17, 2013

All this week, our friends Allison and Matt from Robicelli's will be sharing recipes from their cookbook Robicell's: A Love Story, with Cupcakes, hosting a Twitter chat, answering our questions, and giving away a book every day.  

Today: A cupcake that is cryptically familiar to one of the Robicellis' favorite candy bars.

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I remember our son Atticus’s first Halloween so vividly: He was seven months old, yet we still took him trick-or-treating, because, honestly, what’s the point of having an adorable baby dressed as a lobster unless you can use him to score free candy? We still make our kids pay us out at least a third of their haul every year because candy is really bad for kids, and the kids shouldn’t be eating it. Matt and I are totally willing to sacrifice our bodies and eat all the candy to protect them.

We’re both incredibly partial to a certain peanuty, nougaty, caramel-y chocolate bar that we’re not allowed to say out loud, but we thought it would make an amazing cupcake -- and what do you know? It did make an amazing cupcake! For legal purposes we couldn’t name it after the mego-globocorporation that inspired it. Fortunately, our super-close friends over at Liddabit Sweets were also inspired by it, making their own candy bar version called The Snacker. So this cupcake isn’t named after Candy Bar X -- it’s named after the candy company that makes the tastier knockoff version of Candy Bar X, which gives us three degrees of separation between us and a potential lawsuit.

Matt says: Why Marshmallow Fluff instead of soft nougat? Because it’s pretty much the same thing. You can make your own Marshmallow Fluff if you want, but really, aren’t you already doing enough? Plus, the most common brand in stores is all-natural, HFCS-free, and very much like what you’ll end up making yourself.

Liddabit Cupcakes

Salted Caramel

1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
2/ 3 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon kosher or sea salt

Chocolate Cake

3/4 cup cocoa powder
2/ 3 cup scalding-hot coffee
2/ 3 cup buttermilk
2/ 3 cup canola oil
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Salted Caramel–Nougat Buttercream

One recipe French Buttercream 
1/3 cup salted caramel (from above)
1/2 cup marshmallow fluff
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by Eric Isaac

Want to win a copy of Robicellis: A Love Story, With Cupcakes? Tell us in the comments: What candy would you most like to see in cupcake form? We'll choose one random winner each day, and announce them this Friday! (Unfortunately, we can only ship books within the US.)

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Allison Robicelli is a James Beard-nominated food writer, a Publisher's Weekly-starred author, and lots of other fun things. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she currently lives with her two sons and four cats in Baltimore, Maryland.


Maria January 21, 2014
Almond Rocha would be a lovely cupcake
ZombieCupcake December 27, 2013
I know this question is old But figured out my dream cupcake, I even dare say I would eat it for breakfast flutternutter cupcake.
Helene M. December 18, 2013
any coffee flavor candy bar
cookinginvictoria October 19, 2013
A Malteser cupcake -- a cupcake flavored with chocolate malted milk balls would be delicious!
Katelyn October 18, 2013
I would love to see a Carmello inspired cupcake! Also a kit kat inspired cupcake, that would be interesting!
Boulder B. October 18, 2013
Ooh a zero bar for sure!
LucyS October 17, 2013
Definitely almond joy or twix. Something caramelly.
Loves F. October 17, 2013
I think they hit the nail on the head with the "snackers" candy bar cupcake, but I guess if I had to pick something else... either almond joy, junior mints, or chick-o-stick!
enbe October 17, 2013
I agree with Cathy, an Almond Joy cupcake would be brilliant. Maybe I should start the experimentation...
Cathy B. October 17, 2013
I'd love to try an Almond Joy chocolate cupcake ...
sexyLAMBCHOPx October 17, 2013
Vanilla Reese Peanut Butter Cupcake. Or Crackle. omg I need a cupcake, pronto!
Allison October 17, 2013
I'd love an andes mint cupcake!
sexyLAMBCHOPx October 17, 2013
How about a twinkie-like cupcake?
G G. October 17, 2013
I'd love a Chunky-inspired cupcake, with the raisins and walnuts. One of my favorite drugstore candy bars is the "midnight" Milky Way. (Somehow never really liked the regular milk chocolate one though!) Also a big fan of tart-fruit options like Skittles or SweeTarts. I can't imagine those in cupcake form, but I'm sure the Robicellis would come up with something great!
Allison R. October 17, 2013
We make a Twix inspired cupcake! And it's AMAZING. I could eat Twix for every meal.
Desert D. October 17, 2013
I third Twix! Best candy bar ever.
miamineymo October 17, 2013
I'd love to try a Mounds Cupcake.
vee October 17, 2013
I would love to see a Twix cupcake. I bet that would be sooooo yummy!!!!!
Melissa B. October 17, 2013
Cadbury egg!
ZombieCupcake October 17, 2013
Candied apple, also think cadbury egg would be awesome.