Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes for the Super Bowl

Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes for the Super Bowl

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After hearing that I was going to bake buffalo chicken cupcakes for the Super Bowl (with hot sauce and blue cheese in the cake and a blue cheese buttercream frosting), one of my friends asked if I would be baking the cupcakes as as a joke.  “Are they just supposed to be funny, or will you actually enjoy eating buffalo chicken cupcakes?”  Having not yet baked the Super Bowl buffalo chicken cupcakes, I told them that I was baking them mostly for the fun of it.  I didn’t expect them to be particularly good.

When my house started to smell like buffalo wings (there was no chicken involved at this point), I knew I had the flavor right.  When I took a lick of my cupcake batter-laden finger, I began to suspect that I was going to like the buffalo chicken cupcakes.  When I tasted the cupcakes hot out of the oven, I realized that I had created a new crowd-pleasing Super Bowl tradition.

Answers to Your Super Bowl Buffalo Chicken Cupcake Questions

Q.  Are the buffalo chicken cupcakes sweet?

A.  They are sweet in the way that cornbread is sweet. They have sugar, but they wouldn’t make a satisfying dessert.

Q.  Are buffalo chicken cupcakes a dessert or an appetizer?
A.  I’d serve them as an appetizer.

Q.  Is there chicken in the cupcake?
A.  No, just on top.

Q.  Are the cupcakes spicy?
A.  It depends on which hot sauce you use.  I used a medium hot sauce and they were just a tad bit spicy.

Q.  Is the blue cheese overwhelming?
A.  Blue cheese can easily become an overpowering flavor.  I put just enough blue cheese in the cupcake and frosting to give them some tang without making the whole thing taste like blue cheese.

Q.  Which team are you rooting for?
A.  Since the Rams are already out of the running, I’ve got to go with the Giants.  I grew up in New York so they were the team my family always cheered for.

Buffalo Chicken Cupcake Recipe

Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes for the Super Bowl

Yield: 10 cupcakes

Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes for the Super Bowl


    For the cake
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (I recommend a hot sauce that is typically used for Buffalo chicken. Frank's is the classic choice. I used Bella's Medium Wing Sauce.)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • For the blue cheese buttercream frosting
  • 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


    To make the cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan on medium-high heat, heat hot sauce and butter until butter is melted.
  3. Add the blue cheese and mix periodically until blue cheese is melted.
  4. Remove from heat and mix in the sugar.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream and egg.
  6. Once the hot sauce mixture is cool enough to touch, mix the sour cream mixture into the hot sauce mixture.
  7. In another small bowl, mix together the flour and baking soda.
  8. Fold the flour mixture into the hot sauce mixture.
  9. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. To make the blue cheese buttercream frosting
  12. Mix blue cheese on high speed until smooth.
  13. Add the unsalted butter and mix on high speed until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes).
  14. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar until fully combined.
  15. Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes.


*See serving suggestion at the end of this post



The Buffalo Chicken Drummette on Top of the Buffalo Chicken Super Bowl Cupcakes

Just before serving, top the cupcakes with buffalo chicken wings or buffalo chicken drummettes.  Imagine the frosting as a sweet blue cheese dip and dig in!

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100 comments on “Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes for the Super Bowl”

  1. diane says:

    sound interesting, I may have to give this a try…thanks for all your great ideas, I have tried a few and they are always a success

  2. Kristin says:

    You are crazy girl! These are just crazy enough to work. I need to try these.

  3. Insanity! These are definitely something I’d eat, if presented the opportunity – crazy combination!

  4. Yolanda says:

    These are so odd sounding that I absolutely must make them. Does the melted butter-blue cheese sugar mixture need to cool before adding to the sour cream mixture?

  5. cupsbykim says:

    Unbelievable! You continue to amaze me. I am totally making these for the game! You have such a creative and inspirational mind. I strive to be this creative, I’m so glad I found your site. Thanks again for all of your great ideas!

  6. Stef says:

    Yolanda – Great question. It can still be hot, but it should be cool enough to touch.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Interesting…I would leave out the sugar as much as possible and make this a completely “savory” item…make a cornbread muffin base stuffed with a spicy chicken mixture, topped with blue cheese, cream cheese, sour cream “frosting” with the hot wing on top…

    • Jasmine says:

      I was thinking the same thing. I am trying these tonight so I can decide if I want to make them Sunday but I’m stuffing them with chicken

  8. Get Frosted says:

    I am an avid hater of bleu cheese – any thoughts on a ranch substitute? I’m afraid it would make everything too wet to combine properly. Other options to avoid the bleu cheese?

  9. f/2.8 Momma says:

    I LOVE the idea of this CC. But alas, I detest bleu cheese. Lets work on a Ranch version and I’d totally try them. What suggestions do you have for a powdered Ranch/Cream cheese icing?
    What substitute can used in the cake for the moldy cheese? I have a bottle of Frank’s in my pantry just DYING to be used…!

  10. annemineli says:

    Çok güzel ellerinize sağlık..sevgilerrr…

  11. Amanda says:

    i agree, is there a substitute for the blue cheese in the cupcake itself? maybe crumbled cheddar? the icing is an issue enough fix but the cupcake that is one where i would need a substitue also

  12. HHHmmmm….I am undecided on this one, I just can’t wrap my brain around the whole chicken wing on top of a cupcake! lol

  13. Really creative. I was skeptical of the whole idea when I started reading the post, but just reading through the recipe I can see that it works. The frosting is genius. Really fun idea – thanks.

  14. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!! I love buffalo wings and well of course I love cupcake. Genius :)

  15. Stef says:

    Several of you have asked about a substitute for the blue cheese. I haven’t tried it, but I think that cheddar would work really well. I also just posted the question on the FB page. You can check in over there to see what other ideas people have and join in the conversation.

  16. C&C Cakery says:

    Even though I’m vegan, I am totally all for pair meat and cupcakes – if only to show how far we can push these little cakes. So often people stick with plain jane vanilla/chocolate – well, I say bring out the hot sauce and blue cheese!

  17. C&C Cakery says:

    Even though I’m vegan, I am totally all for pair meat and cupcakes – if only to show how far we can push these little cakes. So often people stick with plain jane vanilla/chocolate – well, I say bring out the hot sauce and blue cheese!

  18. C&C Cakery says:

    Even though I’m vegan, I am totally all for pair meat and cupcakes – if only to show how far we can push these little cakes. So often people stick with plain jane vanilla/chocolate – well, I say bring out the hot sauce and blue cheese!

  19. Unbelievable but this is super-cool!! :)

  20. Just strange enough I may have to try it! ;)

  21. ~~louise~~ says:

    You GO Girl!!!

    And as a former New Yorker and a person who knows absolutely nothing about football, Go Giants!!!

  22. Anonymous says:

    You are a freaking GIANT among mortals!!!

  23. That looks like a delicious heart attack. :D

  24. Anonymous says:

    FOR RANCH SUBSTITUTE – instead of using the actual dressing maybe use the ranch dried powder pack mixed into the frosting? Also, I would love to try this with feta yum!

  25. A cupcake meant for appetizer. This is interesting, and the buffalo chicken really looks tasty.

  26. Aww! You were featured on Tosh.0 website!

  27. rebeccayee says:

    Is there any way to make these without the blue cheese? My family loves buffalo wings but not blue cheese, lol.

  28. Meagan says:

    Okay Stef! I’ll try it! I’m pretty sure they won’t be pretty here — but I’ve read the recipe and all of your comments. I think its a go! Great work!!

  29. Hi. Great idea! What do you think of combing cornbread mix to this along with the bluecheese in it of course instead of the cake mix?? And I can totally see your creation on a Food Network show.

  30. Em says:

    That thing is ridiculous.
    And quite disgusting too.

  31. Anonymous says:

    I’m pretty positive Robicelli Cupcake made these awhile ago. They also have a chicken and waffle cupcake.

  32. I made a chocolate cake with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and it was delicious! Glad to find a similar idea. I will be trying this on Sunday!

  33. Linds says:

    My hubby made these tonight to “test” them before Super Bowl Sunday. They were SOOOOO much better than I was expecting. Which, honestly, is really saying something since I was already expecting yumminess. They are like concentrated deliciousness.

  34. Anonymous says:

    I was thinking, you should totally enter cupcake wars on Food Network! You would do awesome. You can seriously figure out how to make ANYTHING into a cupcake!

    I’m also going to make these for the Super Bowl. Here in Indy, of course! Should be amazing. Thanks so much!

  35. Melissa says:

    So I am going to attempt these cupcakes with my baking buddy this afternoon… I shall let you all know how it goes

  36. Kitchen tool says:


  37. Thanks lot for this useful article, nice post

  38. Teresa says:

    Do you think I can opt out the blue cheese for some type of ranch mix or ranch dressing? My husband is oddly allergic to blue cheese..but he loooovvveeesss hot wings

  39. Stef says:

    For those of you asking about ranch dressing. I left a link to my FB page on an earlier comment where there is a discussion about other frosting option. Have a look!

    FoodieChick – Bet that would be great!

  40. Tried these last night sans the chicken wing. Delicious! Nice job Stef!

  41. Anonymous says:

    Robicelli’s cupcakes in Brooklyn has been doing this for years … perhaps give credit where is credit due?

  42. Kassi K says:

    my boyfriend sent me the recipe saying he’d like a dozen hot please! Too funny. Ive even dreamt about them I am so excited to make them. I think I may use boneless so you can just bite into them, any comments on that? And also they had a challenge on Cupcake Wars where they had to make a cupcake out of classic tailgate foods.. So you’d of been once step ahead of the competetion with this recipe!

  43. Stef says:

    Anon – I did not take their recipe. Mine is quite different. I notice we both do have blue cheese buttercream, but that is purely coincidentally. I did not see their recipe before creating mine.

    Kassi – Boneless is a great idea!

  44. Anonymous says:

    Plus, Robicelli’s even says on their own webpage (that the link was provided to), that the buffalo wing cupcake was originally released Jan 29, 2011, so evidentally they haven’t been doing them for ‘years’ anonymous..just sayin

  45. Anonymous says:

    hmmm… I’m a vegetarian but I kind of want to try making these for our super bowl festivities. Probably without sugar and bleu cheese though. What do you think about substituting the bleu cheese buttercream with ranch mashed potatoes?

  46. Kassi K says:

    I am so excited to make these on Sunday! I was just wondering if you thought about boneless wings on top?

  47. Rodney says:

    Congratulations on making the front page of CNN.com as one of the “6 Super Bowl treats to drool over”. You are famous, girl!! Awesome!!

  48. Anonymous says:

    I saw this when you originally posted a couple weeks ago. I have to share with you that a bakery in Albany, NY is now making these, toting them as their own and was featured for a moment on Good Morning America this morning. I think its in increible poor taste to steal someone else’s creation and give zero credit for it.


  49. Okay…Amazing. I need like a dozen of these. Going to try to find a way to make them gluten free. This is truly fabulous.

  50. Anonymous says:

    As for Cocadott’s in Albany…I saw this woman on Cupcake Wars and she was a total bitch. Doesn’t surprise me she’s advertising them as her own.

  51. Saluki17 says:

    Anyone who replaces the bleu cheese with ranch should be taken out back and beaten!

    • Bikebird says:

      I’m with you as far as the preference for bleu cheese goes, but it is an admittedly strong flavor. You love it or you hate it. Swapping out ranch dressing mix for the bleu cheese would change the essence of the dish, but look at it this way–it’s a different version of what sounds like an awesome sweet/savory cupcake.

  52. Anonymous says:

    @47 & 49
    I do believe just as Stef’s is different from Robicelli’s, Coccadott’s has a differnt recipe as well. I checked out their website and the cupcake is a cornbread base.

  53. Rachel says:

    What a fun idea! I love the idea of a sweet savory mix. I’ll be spreading the word about this fabulous cupcake!

  54. Brianne says:

    The centers of mine all sunk! Did you have this same problem? I’m going to just cover it up with extra frosting, but just wondering if I possibly did something wrong…

  55. Stef says:

    Brianne – That did not happen to mine. Sorry to hear that.

  56. Brianne says:

    Oh, nevermind. I realize what I did. I bought Frank’s Red Hot Wing Sauce instead of just Hot Sauce! The wing sauce has vinegar– which reacted with the baking soda and sent all my air out before they even baked.

    Clearly, I am not a buffalo wing girl. I made these purely by request. The worst part is, I can’t even taste them to see if they’re still edible because I find wing sauce and bleu cheese disgusting :(

  57. Anonymous says:

    What if you used cornbread muffin mix instead of flour and baking soda?

  58. Anonymous says:

    I see the novelty.No desire to whip this up. Knock yourself out.

  59. Miss_Dee says:

    Just made them! I had the same problem with the cupcakes sinking (I bought the Wing Sauce as well *sad*) but the flavor in the cupcakes is so unique and delicious! I could eat all of them! Great Job as Usual!

  60. Linda says:

    Someone posted this on my fb page a couple of weeks ago, and now a bakery in Albany, ny is claiming they made them up!?

  61. Ladonna says:

    I am so thankful I was able to read everyone’s comments! I’m making this for the first time right before the Big Game party tomorrow! Like others, I bought “wing” sauce and will go back to the store in the morning! I am so pumped to taste these! I am also excited to see the faces of friends as I set these on the table! Ha!

  62. Anonymous says:

    Great idea!.. There is a bakery here in Albany NY who “borrowed” this idea, thus getting national attention.. Look up Coccadotts bakery.

  63. ChefJ says:

    The reason the centers are sinking is the frank’s. Too much vinegar in either stye-wing sauce or hot sauce. I dont know this, but I suspect the Bella’s has much less vinegar…

  64. Anonymous says:

    Mine didn’t rise well, and I didn’t frost them yet, but they are still delicious! I love the hot wing flavor, but don’t really eat chicken. These are great!

  65. Anonymous says:

    I should add that I used Frank’s regular hot sauce (not the wing sauce) but it does have vinegar. I could tell that the batter reacted to it as soon as I started mixing. Does the Bella’s have vinegar as an ingredient?

  66. Anonymous says:

    I’m not sure what I was expecting when I made these but they turned out pretty good. I did have one issue though, and it was that the middle never raised. I’m not sure if I just wasn’t filling the cups up enough or if the pan itself needed to be preheated as the second batch turned out better than the first. The batter actually foams up a little once the baking soda hits the vinegar from the hot sauce so it kind of makes sense to add more batter than normal to the cups. The texture turned out nice though. Also I made them with boneless chicken wings to reduce on the mess while trying to eat them and that seemed to work out well.

  67. Heidi says:

    These are amazing! Just finished them and my husband has had three!

  68. big hit tonight! I only made one batch thinking not too many would be daring enough to try them. boy was I wrong! I used the wing sauce and they didn’t rise as well as I had hoped but they didn’t sink too much to make much of a difference. great job! I’ll be making then again per request!

  69. 2rose4u says:

    Saw this on TV made a some for the game big hit.

  70. Angela says:

    Made them using the Frank’s sauce that’s linked in the recipe and they were yummy. Mine sunk in the middle, but I baked them for the full 20 minutes without checking on them and they were overdone. When I baked them for 15, they were perfect! Not a dome top, but not sunk.

  71. ladalimama says:

    I made them with Franks Wing Sauce and didn’t have a problem with them sinking at all. I made sure the sauce mixture was pretty cooled down before adding to flour, not sure if that made a difference. Not bad for someone that doesn’t bake :) They were a big hit, however I did get reprimanded for not using boneless wings. I can see using the blue cheese frosting on other variations (something with guava maybe?).

  72. I made this yesterday for my SuperBowl party and they turned out great! Instead of chicken wings, I used buffalo chicken strip and I think it’s better. People were able to eat the chicken in the same bite as the cupcake. The savory and sweet balance was awesome! I have a picture if you want to see…message me.

  73. Kimberly says:

    made these this past weekend! They were awesome! As a note, I told everyone eating them to eat the chicken first, then the cupcake. It helped with the heat of the chicken.

    Also, I’m not a huge fan of bleu cheese dressing, but bleu cheese crumbles are ok. But this had the perfect ratio of bleu cheese to cool the buffalo sauce. :)

  74. Anonymous says:

    I made these cupcakes this past weekend. The iccing was amazing, and the wings fantastic, but my cupckaes failed. I tried to use a less “vinegary” hot sauce. . . one that was creamier. . .it was delicious, but the cupcake sunk in because of the vinegar and baking soda. For those who were succesfful did you alter the recipe at all?

  75. Kimberly says:

    Mine sunk in a little, but not too much. Wasn’t too bad. But I ended up making 17 smaller cupcakes than 10 big/medium ones.

  76. Cwupcake says:

    Thank you so much for this fun recipe. I brought it to a VFW Ladies Auxiliary bake sale on Superbowl morning. 1 out of 2 trays was sold before I even put them out and someone requested that I make another batch to bring to a Superbowl party later! So again, thank you for helping me raise money for the Veterans!

  77. I used Chalula hot sauce. Some of mine sunk a bit but with the icing it wasn’t noticeable. My icing was sweet so added an extra ounce of blue cheese. Didn’t change the taste and didn’t want to keep adding more. I might try less sugar next time and a spicier hot sauce.

  78. Anonymous says:

    Mine sunk a little, but not too much. Almost all hot sauces have vinegar in them.

    Having just discovered this website (when my friend said “You should make these for my superbowl party”), I’ve found many other delightful things to try. I’m a *huge* fan of the sweet+savory and look forward to making the beer cheese and baconcakes. And likely also the chocolate stout cakes.


  79. Anonymous says:

    Made these for Superbowl… LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Everyone was surprised at how they loved them knowing what was in the recipe. I took leftovers to work on Monday and have had requests for the recipe! I am a vegiterian so did not have a wing on mine but put a drop of hot sauce on every other one and smeared the tops together. YUM!

  80. Jazz says:

    I, like a few other commenters, don’t eat meat…but there is a vegetarian food company called Yves, that makes AMAZING veggie buffalo wings, so they’d be perfect! I absolutely adore this idea. I also relish the thought of a chicken salad cupcake, think it’s possible? ;)

  81. Utterly fascinating! I love different recipes, love buffalo chicken, and love cupcakes, but don’t know if I’d be brave enough to try this one. Major kudos to you, my brave friend :D

  82. Anonymous says:

    Just made mine tonight, my husband and brothers loved them… they were so delicious <3 I will most definitely make them again.

  83. silver bars says:

    hmmmm, really dont think I would like this, but maybe if you eat the chicken first then eat the cupcake that would probably be ok :) creative

  84. Stef, I made these tonight….everybody at my work is intrigued (I work at Burger King). It was kinda cool to see the “alive” affect when the vinegar in the hot sauce and the baking soda interacted….I was trying to figure out WHY the damn batter was bubbling…and then it hit me…lol it’s Mr. Wizard meets Cupcake Project!

    Can’t wait to bring them to work and have people try them!

    PS: I’m skipping the topping of a buffalo wing…just can’t do it!

  85. Gina says:

    This is for sure one of the craziest cupcakes I’ve ever seen. I’m going to do half with the wing and half without. I might eat it but I’m not sure who else would be brave enough.

  86. Anonymous says:

    Thought about it for a while, and the ranch idea is good. I would mix some dry ranch in with some crumbled white cheddar. Then it wouldn’t be too wet.

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  88. This is what genius looks like. If the Pats make it through to the Super Bowl I am definitely making these!!! (may have to anyways just because… wow, this is so inventive!)

  89. I was wondering if you know how the cupcakes would hold? I would love to make them the night before and put them together the day of. Do you think that would be OK?

  90. I want to make these for game night with friends, but my best friend is allergic to penicillin and can’t have bleu cheese. This means I can’t make these… unless. Can you suggest a way to substitute ranch, which is the dressing we use instead, for the bleu cheese? I didn’t know if maybe equal amount of cream cheese + ranch dressing mix would work and wanted to ask in case you’ve already run into this.
    LOVE the idea of a savory cupcake. Absolutely brilliant!

  91. Michael La Rocca says:

    These are amazing! I made them because I was so curious, and they sounded really good, and they were better than I ever imagined! What a brilliant recipe. I will definitely make then again. I know my friends will love them too. Well done!

  92. Natalie says:

    Oh my goodness, I just made these, and I cannot believe how wonderful they are! The spiciness of the hot sauce and the sweetness of the brown sugar just go perfectly together. I was even surprised at the texture — I half expected it to be more dense like a muffin, but nope, it was light and fluffy just like a cupcake should be! The frosting is just unbelievable as well. I can’t stop eating it straight! I’d like a more pronounced bleu cheese flavor, so I think next time I may add a little more. These are fantastic and I think I may have forgotten that chocolate even existed for a split second because of these delicious cupcakes!

  93. jessica says:

    I made these last year and they were SUCH a hit! Thanks for sharing this fun and inventive recipe.

  94. genflute says:

    Can you make the blue cheese frosting with mascarpone? I just discovered mascarpone and love, love, love the texture. And I love honey and blue cheese together…so I just got to thinking…

  95. cheryl says:

    Can I make “cupcakes” ahead of time and freeze?

  96. Christine says:

    i would use mashed potatoes for frosting instead

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