These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting are a classic combination of flavors with a surprise filling that’s to die for!
I’m a chocolate and peanut butter addict.
I’m sure I’m not alone.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Do you ever have moments where you are daydreaming in the car and a brilliant idea hits you? That’s what happened with these cupcakes.
The idea to make a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter buttercream frosting was very logical. Then I had the idea to drop a Reese’s mini peanut butter cup right into the center, brilliant. THEN I take it over the top with some chocolate curls and another peanut butter cup on top.
Pure Chocolate and Peanut Butter Genius.
Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting:
- Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting is light, fluffy, and rich all at the same time.
- It’s in perfect balance with the chocolate cup cake.
- If you’re not a fan of chocolate with peanut butter, try a vanilla cupcake and fill the center with strawberry jam and top with the peanut butter frosting!
- This Peanut Butter Frosting would be great on top of a layer cake as well.
The best thing about these cupcakes is how quickly they come together! I start out with a boxed chocolate cake mix and amped them up a notch by simply dropping in an unwrapped Reese’s Miniature Peanut Butter Cup!
Once they’re baked and cooled you’ll quickly whip together the peanut butter buttercream frosting and you can pipe it on however you like.
Not only are these cupcakes gorgeous on the outside, but that surprise center always brings a smile to everyone’s face!
These cup cakes will definitely take you to chocolate and peanut butter heaven.
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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cup Cakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting
- 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix
- *ingredients to make box mix, eggs, water, oil
- 24 Reese's Miniature Peanut Butter Cups, foil and wrappers removed
For the Frosting:
- 1 cup butter, 16 tablespoons, softened
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp heavy cream, or milk
- extra Reese's Miniature Peanut Butter Cups for topping, optional
- chocolate bar to make chocolate shavings, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prepare chocolate cake mix according to package directions and fill cup cake liners 2/3 full with batter. Bake for 7 minutes then carefully remove cup cakes from oven and drop the Reese's Miniatures into the center of the cup cakes. Place back in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes away clean.
- Cool cupcakes completely on a wire rack.
For the Frosting:
- While cup cakes are cooling prepare buttercream frosting by blending butter and peanut butter in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixture until smooth.
- Pour in the powdered sugar and salt and mix just until the sugar begins to get moistened (about 45 seconds). Add the vanilla and heavy cream and blend for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for an additional 4 minutes until the frosting becomes light and fluffy.
- Frost the cooled cup cakes using your desired method then top with chocolate curls (see notes) and halved Reese's Miniature Peanut Butter Cups if desired. Enjoy!
Recipe originally published on 12/27/2012. Updated on 2/20/2018.
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Amazing. I will try to cook myself. thanks
Why would you drop in a unwrapped PB cup?
Now I know better, BUT there are new bakers that would follow this to a “T” and I am not joking, I have a daughter that would.
Upon reading this “The best thing about these cupcakes is how quickly they come together! I start out with a boxed chocolate cake mix and amped them up a notch by simply dropping in an unwrapped Reese’s Miniature Peanut Butter Cup!.
You can never be too clear with the instructions! HA! 😉
Don’t be so dam picky. Teach your daughter some common sense!!!
This looks amazing! I will definately give it a try!
I hope I will manage as I am not a great cook!
You can do it!
This recipe looks amazing, I will definitely be giving this a try.
Hope you enjoy it!
Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden
I’ve featured these great cupcakes on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.
These cupcakes look amazingly yummy…we’re getting snow this weekend in the northeast; I won’t mind being snowed in now since I know I’ll be making a batch of these… Thanks for sharing!
Just made these and they came out great!
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
These are the BEST cupcakes everrrrrrrr. Seriously!
If we were ever stranded on a deserted island together, we would get along just fine–my food arsenal would consist solely of peanut butter and chocolate. Maybe you could even bake a batch to bring along before we get stuck! It might help to placate any invaders, and/or creatures with big bat-like eyes…thanks for sharing!
I love the way you think! 😉
Kristy @ Sweet Treats & More
Oh wow! These look amazing…nothing is better than chocolate and peanut butter together!
Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
Haha, totally lol’d at your Hobbit thing. I’m pretty sure whenever I make the final decision to watch the LOTR trilogy or whatever, I’m going to have night terrors for the rest of my life as well. So disgusting! However, these amazing cupcakes are anything but gross. They look INCREDIBLE!!
I could really use one (or two or three) of these today…
These are my kind of cupcakes! Love all of the chocolate and peanut butter you packed into them!
Oh my goodness…that sounds (and looks) delish!!!
Thanks Wendy! :p
Watson @ Food and Drugs
Just looking at your pictures my mouth is watering. I am a real sugar addict and I am going to try your recipe this afternoon.
Thanks Watson! Hope you like them!
Chocolate and sugar do it for me every time but your cakes look so yummy I don’t think I could pass if they were presented right in front of me. Very nice!
Carrie @ Frugal Foodie Mama
These look amazing! Might make these for my husband’s birthday in March. Pinning these so I don’t forget! 🙂
Thanks for the pin Carrie! Hope you like them! 😉
Colleen, The Smart Cookie Cook
Mmm I’m loving all the levels of chocolate-peanut butter goodness going on here! You really can’t go wrong 🙂 And with a whole PB cup in the middle? Perfection!
Thanks Colleen! They were so delicious, definitely perfection in a cup cake!
claire @ the realistic nutritionist
OH MY GOSH Shawn!! I would devour these!
I’m surprised you didn’t like The Hobbit! Great book and great adaptation of the book. (Same with LoTR..) On the other hand, with these cupcakes at the party, I don’t think I would be paying much attention to The Hobbit either, hehe..
I bet I would have appreciated the movie much more had I read the book. My husband loved it, and so did the rest of his family. I am just a wuss, and can’t handle scary movies! LOL
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
Chocolate and peanut butter lovers unite!