Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

It’s been weird being in moving limbo the last few weeks. I definitely don’t like having all my pans packed up. And all my stuff boxed away. But I’m almost unpacked. At least the boxes labeled pantry are in the pantry. That’s pretty close. I have a long way to go on getting that all organized.

Since I’ve been blogging, I’ve been storing things anywhere I could find a spot and now I’ll finally have a place where I can see my supplies in a central location. And I’m way excited. It’s been kind of like Christmas unpacking things already and finding five years worth of stuff I didn’t even remember I had. Out of sight is definitely out of mind. But not any more.


The first thing I unpacked though were my baking pans. A good place to start. Especially since I have a new oven to work. One 18 years newer than my last one. Yikes and Yay! I was actually kind of nervous … like meeting someone new and hoping you’ll be good friends. But you have to hang out together for a while first to find out.


So, I decided to break the ice with a cupcake recipe I make all the time. I thought it would be a good way to see how it compares to my old oven in terms of baking times and such.


So far so good.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Really good!

Peanut Butter

And I made chocolate and peanut butter frostings to go with it.


And whipped up some peanut butter cookies to go on top of it.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

But, that was really just an excuse for me to try out some basic cookies in the oven, too.

So I stuck them on top of the cupcakes.

Peanut Butter Chips

I rolled chilled cookie dough into small balls and then rolled balls with peanut butter chips in my hand, instead of stirring them into the dough to make sure each little cookie was well covered in chips.


Oh… and the frosting. Peanut butter and chocolate. I’m easy.

Place a decorator bag fitted with a 1M tip into a large glass and spoon even amounts of chocolate and peanut butter frosting on each side.


Fill the bag, twist off the end and squeeze evenly until the frostings fill the tip.


Then pipe pretty swirls.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake

And put a cookie in it.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

And then take it out and eat the cookie.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

And then eat the cupcake.

Cupcake Wrappers

And then keep eating. I mean share with friends.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Servings: 18 cupcakes


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz. peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 Tablespoons milk


  1. FOR CUPCAKES: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Fill cupcake tray with cupcake liners.
  3. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients together with a wire whisk. Add eggs, oil, vanilla and milk and mix until combined. Add hot water and mix. It will be very liquid.
  4. Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Pour into liner with a large spouted measuring cup for ease.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until done. Cool and make the cookies.
  6. FOR COOKIES: Note: You can make these ahead of time.
  7. Beat butter and sugars for 3-4 minutes until creamy. Add the peanut butter, egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  8. In another bowl, stir the dry ingredients with a wire whisk and then add to the peanut butter mixture and stir until combined.
  9. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
  10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough into small balls about an inch or so in diameter. Chill again if necessary and then roll in peanut butter chips.
  11. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 10-14 minutes. Cool.
  12. FROSTINGS: For chocolate frosting, beat 1/2 cup butter until creamy. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix. Slowly add 2 cups confectioner's sugar and cocoa and mix until combined. Add 1 Tablespoon milk and mix until creamy and smooth. For peanut butter frosting, beat 1/2 cup butter and 2/3 cup peanut butter until creamy. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix. Slowly add 2 cups confectioners sugar and mix until combined. Add 1 Tablespoon milk and mix until creamy and smooth. Fill a decorator bag fitted with a 1M tip with chocolate frosting on one half and peanut butter frosting on the other. Squeeze bag to force frosting into the tip and swirl frosting on cupcakes. Top with a little peanut butter cookie.
Source: Bakerella.com

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes


Thays said...

Girl its revenue came stop in Brazil and I go do here at home. I can not wait.

September 23, 2013 05:24 PM
Simfoo said...

I made these today and they taste so good. I made half the frosting measures and found was enough. I put picture on instragram the peanut butter frosting goes so well with the chocolate as u take a bite. Wonderful recipe!!!

September 25, 2013 04:07 AM


September 25, 2013 01:44 PM
Dan said...

Yum! Will use the peanut butter/chocolate frosting soon… sounds too delicious to pass up!

September 29, 2013 10:48 AM
Lydia said...

These are seriously two of the best buttercreams I have ever tasted! Made them both today OMG….. yumness! :-) thanks so much for sharing! x

October 25, 2013 04:05 AM
Yaya said...

This is one of the best recipes for cupcakes! I tried them out, they came out perfect. Very chewy and especially the cookies are just awesome!!

November 20, 2013 04:06 AM
natasha said...

Chocolate + peanut butter = heaven!

December 30, 2013 05:00 AM
Neetu said...

Just tried these cupcakes today….phenomenal!!! I’ve tried many chocolate cupcake recipes, but nothing came close to this. Very moist, almost melting in the mouth! I could’nt make the frosting because I was out of icing sugar, but the cupcakes turned out really good!!

January 13, 2014 09:57 AM
jenny said...

I used your cupcake recipe with my own peanut butter frosting, in mini cupcakes. It was SO good! I love your cake recipe! It worked out great! thank you so much for sharing!

April 17, 2014 09:24 PM
Laura Roos said...

Hi Bakerella,

I’m here because of the link in your newest 4th of July post – and since I’m currently looking for a great chocolate cupcake recipe, I soaked it all in ;-) I will try them out!
I had to laugh when I saw your kitchen towles – I have the same ones – even though I live in Germany :-D – I totally think that’s crazy

July 3, 2014 09:09 AM
Deniese said...

those look amazing i would love to have some. My brother kind of redid this but it taste amazing you should try it out though. http://darkchocolatealchemist.com/

July 13, 2014 12:04 AM
Annel said...

Looks really yummy and i should try this as i love peanut butter. So how did u put all your stuff in just one location? I would love to see your new kitchen and where you store your baking stuff. I’ve been wanting to put mine in just one place but I end up using different cupboards. And it’s very true –> out of sight is definitely out of mind.
Thanks for sharing your recipes.

July 16, 2014 12:53 AM
Sydney Sun said...

These look sooo delicious. (I am a certified peanut butter addict). I especially love the swirled peanut butter and chocolate icing. YUM! :)

For the Love of Baking

August 24, 2014 07:43 PM
Amanda said...

These cupcakes are so fluffy!! Honesty the best recipe I’ve tried. I did reduce the sugar for by a little for the cupcake batter and frosting. I used more peanut butter, less butter, and less than a cup of icing sugar. I love how it turned out. I would definitely use this recipe again.

December 9, 2014 02:54 AM
Michelle said...

These look great, I want to make them tonight!

Did you use sweetened or unsweetened peanut butter?

Thank you!

January 23, 2015 02:48 PM
jasmine lee said...

I’m making some today made my mum buy all the ingredients lol

February 1, 2015 07:03 AM
nemo said...

The frosting was AHHmazzing! It wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet. It was fluffy. It made me fappy. :0) The cupcakes weren’t flavorful, or moist. They were rather bland. I don’t mean to harshly criticize your recipe, I’m honestly just stating my opinion. :0)

March 4, 2015 05:26 PM
Carol said...

I tried this recipe and it was DELICIOUS!!! i love your great recipes! i should use them more often.

May 21, 2015 12:35 PM
Lisa said...

These cupcakes were a huge hit with my kids and husband. However, i was not able to get my peanut butter frosting to be as smooth as yours is in the picture. Mine tasted awesome, but looked broken and dry not smooth. I tried adding more milk and beating again, but it didn’t help. Is there a trick? Possibly a different brand of peanut butter?

May 23, 2015 08:04 PM
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