Thursday, April 14, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate and Peanut Butter.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate.

Has there ever two flavors that go together as well as these two do?

Ever since I tried the recipe for the Snickers cupcakes, I've had all sorts of ideas for how to stuff other candy bars into my cupcakes and when I saw a post for peanut butter cup cupcakes over at My Baking Addiction I was so excited. It was as if she was inside my head...I've also been thinking about doing this and now I had no excuse except to try it out for myself!

Caleb enjoying the frosting!
The result was amazing!

These cupcakes were delicious and the little peanut butter cup baked into the middle is a great little peanut-buttery surprise. My son especially loved the frosting...I found him licking it off with a big smile on his face and then digging out the peanut butter cup to snack on! I hope that you enjoy them.

(The cupcake batter is the same doctored-up box mix from the Snickers cupcakes, just updated for the Peanut Butter Cups, but the frosting is new and peanut-buttery deliciousness!)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes
Inspired by My Baking Addiction

Makes 24 cupcakes

Ingredients for the cupcakes:
1 package devil’s food cake mix
1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs; lightly beaten
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon of vanilla
24 frozen Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (must be frozen!)

Instructions for cupcakes:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Line (2) 12 cup muffin tins with paper liners.
3. In stand mixer, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs, vanilla and water.
4. Evenly divide the batter amongst the prepared pans.
5. Gently push a frozen mini peanut butter cup into the center of the batter and smooth the surface making sure to cover the candy bar with batter.
6. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean.
7. Cool cupcakes thoroughly on wire rack.

Ingredients for the frosting:
3 sticks of unsalted butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 lbs powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk

Instructions for the frosting:
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and peanut butter on medium speed until fluffy. (About 2 minutes)
2. Slowly add your powdered sugar, thoroughly mixing after each addition.
3. Add vanilla and 4 tablespoons of milk (use more or less milk depending on what consistency you like). Blend on low speed until moistened.
4. Beat at high speed until frosting is smooth and fluffy.
5. Put frosting onto cooled cupcakes and garnish as desired. I used the giant French pastry tip from Bake it Pretty and added 1/2 of a mini peanut butter cup to decorate.

Cupcakes will last for 2 days in a well secured container in the refrigerator. Any longer and they will start to get stale.

Cupcakes...they seem to be all around me lately! Every new recipe that I come up with seems to be centered around them...but don't worry, this will be my last post about them for awhile. I'm ready to try some new stuff! (And so are my friends and family's waistbands!)

Ps. Don't forget to enter my iTunes giveaway! It ends Sunday, April 17th.


I am linking this recipe up to: Fireflies & Jelly Beans, Transformation Thursdays, It's a Keeper Thursday, Recipe Swap Thursday, Full Plate Thursday, Sweet Tooth Friday, Social Parade, Hodgepodge Friday, Friday Favorites, Feature Yourself Friday, Foodie Friday, La Bella Vita, Show and Tell Saturday, Tatertots and Jello, Saturday Night Special,Meatless Mondays, Masterpiece Monday, Homemaker Monday, Strut Your Stuff, Motivate Me Monday, Just Something I Whipped Up, Made By You Mondays, Recipe Swap Sundays,Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays, Cupcake Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Tuesday's At The Table, Tip Me Tuesday, Get Your Craft On, Sweet Peas & Bumblebees, Whatever Goes Wednesdays,  


  1. Oh my YUMMINESS!!! Those look insanely delicious. Except I would eat them all ... and that is a problem!
    Found you on Social Parade ...
    I'm a new follower now!
    I'd love you to stop by Little Lucy Lu if you have a free moment!
    ~Bec :-)

  2. Yummy, I am drooling. Thanks for inspiring me to go bake.

    Cha Cha

  3. I love the picture of your son! He looks very happy. :) I love the fact that there's a peanut butter cup in the middle, that sounds awesome!

  4. Oh I have to try these!! I think my husband would marry me again if I made these for him!!
    Thanks =)

  5. These cupcakes look sooooo good! I have to try the recipe! Thanks for posting!

    I'm a NEW FOLLOWER from the blog hop! Hope you can hop by and check out my style 'n decor deals:

  6. OMG, these looks so good. Totally whipping up a batch this weekend!

    New follower from the hop, stop by when you get a chance!
    henry  happened

  7. Great blog!
    I'm a new follower from Friend Finding Friday!
    Come check me out when you get the chance:
    Carolina Summer

  8. Oh my yum!!! I must try these... chocolate & peanut butter, my favs!

  9. I just checked out your pretzel,kisses recipe. That is a must! Following along the bunny hop trail of STM and a new follower.

  10. Yumm!!! These definitely call out my name!! Thanks for the quick recipe, will bookmark it for sure. I am already following your adorable blog but i was just checking in. hi hi
    And don't forget to join in with us at Boost My Blog Friday, to meet lots of friends and have a great time:) See you there!
    Happy Friday

  11. Your chocolate peanut butter cupcakss look so yummy and beautiful! Please share your recipe with our readers by linkung up at Muffin Monday. Thanks!

  12. These look to die for...PB and Chocolate is the best of pairings!! If you get a sec, pop on over to Foodie Friday and link up! Oh, and I found you on The Shabby Chic Cottage. :)

  13. My hubby's fav combo! Love your pic - great post.

    Happy Foodie Friday!


  14. Chocolate and peanut butter = irresistible. I have a sweet treat linky party on my blog (it'll open up tonight) and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cupcakes up.

  15. These sound heavenly. I love that the cupcakes use sour cream.

    I'd like to invite you to share this recipe on my linky, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there.

  16. Hi there! :) Awesome blog! I am your newest follower from the blog hop - would love a follow back!


  17. That picture is GORGEOUS! It looks like an ad. You definitely are talented in baking and photography. :)

    I'm a new follower from the Blog Hop. I'd love it if you'd drop by A Helicopter Mom and follow me back!


  18. Your son is your recipe:)

  19. Totally bookmarking this recipe! Perfect combo! Great photo as well. New follower and would appreciate a follow back! :)

  20. Hello my love! I found you on the Social Parade and so glad I did! Can't wait to read through more of your blog!The cupcakes look to die for!!
    Please have a look at my blog, as I will be starting giveaways soon!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  21. Hi Jen,
    How can you go wrong with a recipe tester like that, he is adorable! Your cupcakes look awesome and there is no doubt that we would just love them. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

  22. Hi! I'm following you from Social Parade!
    I hope you visit me and return the

  23. Awww, I want one (insert cute face) :)
    Your son is adorable!
    New follower :)
    Hope you can come see me too at

  24. Yummy! I'll take about a dozen of these! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites.

  25. I love "doctored" cake mix recipes and these look so yummy!!

  26. Love them! Chocolate and PB are a favorite! And your little guy looks so happy!
    Thanks for joining the fun on Cupcake Tuesday!

  27. Yummy!!!
    Come and link up your idea tomorrow at our What I Made Wednesday Linky Party!!!

    Sweet Peas and Bumblebees

  28. Saw you at Tip Junkie...I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Linky Party! The link is below!
    Reasons To Skip The Housework
    Tuesday Time Out Link Up Party
    Link up Your Weekly Parties Here

  29. So delicious! I'd love for you to link up!

  30. Yes, please. YUM!

    Thank you for linking up to What I Whipped Up Wednesday! xo

  31. Oh dear, I think I'm in trouble with this recipe. It looks sooooo good :-) I can't wait to try it out! Thanks for the recipe!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  32. super adorable blog you have
    Stopping by from Trendy Treehouse!
    Please stop by and say hi!


  33. I fell in love with this. It is pretty and I can only imagine how good, it tastes.

    Thanks for linking it to my sister blog's My Meatless Mondays.

  34. Going to try these right now! Went to the store just for the peanut butter cups. These will be a big hit on Easter!

  35. I can't wait to try these! This recipe looks AMAZING!

    I'm new to your blog! I found you through FTLOB and can't wait to read more! Feel free to check out my blog as well. :)

    Simply Kate

  36. I featured you on Foodie Friday!! Come grab a button!

  37. Congratulations Jen, you are featured on Full Plate Thursday this week, enjoy!

  38. Yum! I'm featuring this at

    :) Jill


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