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M&M Filled Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This M&M Filled Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting recipe is partnered post through Collective Bias on behalf of their client. #BakingIdeas

M&M Filled Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting #shop #BakingIdeas #cbias

My husband’s birthday is four days after Christmas, so he knows firsthand how difficult it is to have a birthday near Christmas.  His entire life his special day has fallen into one of two categories – a combination birthdayChristmas present or an overload of presents in a short span of time.  Not only that, he shares his birthday with his grandma and his cousin.

With his experiences in mind and knowing at least a dozen friends and family members with December birthdays, when we started planning to have a baby we intentionally avoided a December due date. We didn’t want our baby’s birthday to get lost in all of the chaos of the holidays.  We wanted her to have her own special day or even month, so that there wasn’t even the possibility of a combination cake or party.


As you know, our efforts spent planning were thwarted when Cakes decided to make her arrival 9 weeks early…three days before Christmas.  Which means her first Christmas was spent in the NICU.

From day 1, I’ve been fighting to carve out her own special day amidst the other celebrations.  Starting with her first birthday, I saw that having a birthday party so close to Christmas just wasn’t going to happen.

Our family has long been a fan of the showing love and appreciation for each other throughout the year, instead of saving it up for one day a year.  For a child this is a pretty advanced concept, so we’re doing our best to make Cakes feel amazing on her special day.

Birthday Girl - Cakes age 5 #shop

Even without a big party, I’m finding there are plenty of ways to keep her happy and still celebrate the day.  With her birthday undoubtedly falling during Christmas Break, I coordinate with her teachers to plan a small birthday celebration at school before vacation begins and on a day other than the Christmas party.

Plain M&M Candies at Walmart #BakingIdeas #shop #cbias

My little party planner loves being able to choose a theme and different dessert for the party at school and again for the family party.  While we were at Walmart last week picking out a theme (Scooby Doo) for Cakes’ class party, she decided she wanted chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting. Wanting to allow her the freedom to choose her dessert, I purchased the ingredients but also some plain and peanut M&M’s to dress up the cupcakes a little.

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I ultimately decided to move outside my comfort zone and make M&M Filled Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting, topped with more M&M’s! These were definitely a success and Cakes was super excited to share her “candy cupcakes” with all her friends!

M&M Filled Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting Topped with M&Ms #shop #BakingIdeas #cbias

M&M Filled Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 24
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • Milk Chocolate and/or Peanut M&M’s
  • 1 c. unsalted butter (2 sticks), room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp. milk
  • 4 tsp. clear vanilla extract
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  1. Prepare chocolate cupcakes according to cake box directions and allow to cool.
  2. While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare the frosting by mixing all ingredients together using an electric mixer.
  3. **If you plan on spreading your frosting instead of piping it on, you can half this recipe. The cupcakes in the pictures have a healthy amount of frosting on them.**
  4. Then, scoop out area ⅔ of the cupcake deep. This area should be just large for M&M’s to fit in without a lot of extra room. I used a Wilton cupcake filling tip and this was the perfect size.
  5. Frost cupcakes with buttercream frosting. I used a Wilton 1M tip and made a small rosette in the center to cover the M&M filling hole first. Then, started on the outer edge and continued filling into the middle.
  6. You can garnish with more Milk Chocolate and Peanut M&M’s, or leave the treat in the center completely a surprise.

For more creative desserts using your child’s favorite M&M’s candies, check out the Baking with M&M’s Pinterest board.

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  1. These look so delicious! My birthday is right by Christmas too, so I know his pain! #client

  2. Those look delicious and perfect for a birthday! Thanks for the great idea!

  3. I love this recipe. My husband’s birthday is coming up in a few weeks and these would be perfect!!

  4. Wow. What a delicious recipe. I love anything with M&Ms on top!

  5. Your daughter is beautiful and those cupcakes look yummy!!

  6. These look delicious. What a fun little treat to find inside!

  7. Those look so yummy! I love baking with M&Ms!

  8. These look delicious. I never would have thought to put the M&M’s inside the cupcakes. Love it!

  9. What festive cupcakes! They look like so much fun to not just eat but to make as well.

  10. Happy b-day to Cakes!

    What a fun idea – I rally had never thought of filling cupcakes with M&Ms that way… when I read the post title, I assumed you just baked them in. I really like your idea – it is like a mini pinata.

  11. What cute cupcakes! My dad’s birthday is Christmas day, so I understand what you’re saying about trying to separate birthday from holiday. It’s tough!

  12. What unique cupcakes for a very special birthday

  13. Cake is so cute! These treats look great too, my son LOVES M&Ms

  14. this is a really cool idea! My kids and every other kid would love it!!

  15. My boys love M&Ms so they would be so excited for these!

  16. Your daughter had to be thrilled with her beautiful birthday cupcakes!

  17. So easy and my kids would love it!! These look so good.

  18. I shred some serious tears when I gave up M & M’s. Your recipe looks divine and so easy.

  19. M&M filled cupcakes would make any birthday super special!

  20. These look adorable, I love the idea of filling the cupcakes with M&Ms.

  21. Happy Birthday to your daughter, love the end result of the M &M cupcake great choice.

  22. Those look so good. My brother has a birthday 2 days before Christmas and I have a friend whose birthday is on Christmas day.

  23. These looks super yummy! Perfect treat for little ones — and their parents :)

  24. These look like fun treats to make, and not just for the holidays :)

  25. These look sinfully delicious!

  26. Those are so cute – I think I might just make them for our daughter’s graduation party if I get the gumption to bake goodies myself!

  27. The cupcakes look delicious. I am glad that she gets to have her birthday recognized at school.

  28. I love the sweet M&M surprise in the middle!

  29. Those look awesome! Sadly our schools no longer allow us to bring (made at home) goodies to the children anymore, the times are definitely changing.

  30. She was so tiny. I thought Zoe was little at 4 weeks early. I really wish we were aloud to send in birthday treats. We have to order from school or buy from the store bakery. They look delicious, Zoe would go nuts as M&Ms are her fav!

  31. That’s the sweetest little stocking stuffer ever!

  32. I love that you put the M&Ms IN the cupcakes! Very smart!

  33. Great Idea! Now that’s a cupcake with a great surprise inside. My kids would lick the icing and shake out the M&Ms :)

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