Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes recipe topped off with mini peanut butter cups candy. Rich chocolate cake with a fluffy peanut butter frosting recipe.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes recipe topped off with mini peanut butter cups candy. Rich chocolate cake with a fluffy peanut butter frosting recipe.

Welcome to my world of peanut butter love. Can you eat this peanut butter frosting with a spoon? Yes! And I totally did! Peanut Butter lovers rejoice in all that delicious peanut butter goodness. Want more? Try my Peanut Butter Bars with a Chocolate Glaze.

Box cake vs. cake made from scratch

Let me just say, box cake mix makes a good cake. There is no shame in making them or any other boxed dessert mix. I had a girlfriend who made a boxed mix dessert for a potluck. She said when she was making it she thought of me the whole time (feeling the guilt of using box mix). SAY WHAT!? The dessert was delicious. I know I have said homemade is better in the past and it is. But the reality is LIFE IS BUSY. LIFE IS EXPENSIVE. If it costs me $1 for box mix, a few eggs and 1/3 cup vegetable oil to bake a cake FAST for my kids who have had a bad day I AM IN! Can I get some thumbs up from the audience? Now frosting is a different story.

The Frosting

This fluffy peanut butter frosting is LIFE. Just kidding but seriously though. It is really good. Because it is so airy and fluffy it doesn’t come out of a piping bag smooth and silky. It is just not that kind of frosting. It has texture. To frost these I used my widest star tip. You can see in the photos that it didn’t come out smooth and stiff. It is a happy puffy cloud of soft peanut butter and sugar.

Peanut Butter Cup Topper

I use Justin’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups. Any peanut butter cup will work. Just cut them in half. If you have the full size peanut butter cups do the same cut them in half. Place the candy on top of the frosting and gently push them into the frosting.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

24 cupcake

1 cupcake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes frosted with a Peanut Butter Frosting and topped with a mini peanut butter cup.

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • For the Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 12 Justin's Mini Peanut Butter Cups, cut in half

Instructions

  1. Bake chocolate cake mix as directed for cupcakes.
  2. For the Frosting
  3. Beat together the butter and peanut butter.
  4. Slowly add powdered sugar alternating with the milk.
  5. Beat until well mixed and fluffy.
  6. Assembly
  7. Let cupcakes completely cool.
  8. Frost the cupcakes with peanut butter frosting.
  9. Add 1/2 mini peanut butter cup to the top of the cupcake.
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