Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven. I think we can all agree that this combination is the best thing since sliced bread, it’s the bee’s knees, the cat’s pajamas…you get the idea. And cupcakes evoke memories of happiness, enjoyed at birthday parties and, admit it, a quiet Saturday night.

 

These chocolate peanut butter cupcakes fulfill all of those wonderful flavors and memories! 🎶 These are a few of my favorite things… 🎶

 

This easy chocolate cupcakes recipe includes lots of chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth, with cocoa powder plus real melted chocolate, and just a touch of brewed coffee to intensify the chocolate flavor.

 

And once you make my peanut butter frosting recipe, there’ll be no turning back…six simple ingredients combine to make a decadent topping. Delicious little chocolate cakes swirled with peanut butter, topped with a light and fluffy homemade peanut butter frosting. I like to call them rich yet delicate morsels of happiness.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Ingredients

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

  • 1-1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 oz milk chocolate bar, melted
  • 1/3 c canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c brewed coffee, at room temperature
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 2-1/2 c all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 c cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp peanut butter for each cupcake, to swirl into batter

Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 1 c smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 c powdered sugar
  • 3/4 c heavy cream
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350°F.

 

You can mix this batter and frosting by hand, but you’ll need to use some elbow grease. I prefer using my stand mixer because, well, because it’s just easier.

 

Using a KitchenAid stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add melted chocolate, oil, eggs, vanilla, coffee, and heavy cream and mix again just until smooth.

 

In a separate bowl, mix together all dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa, and salt). With the mixer turning at low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

In a greased or lined cupcake pan, spoon batter into each cup, filling only halfway. Add 1 tsp of peanut butter to each cup and swirl into the batter, using a chopstick or butter knife.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Homemade Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe

Once the cupcakes are finished baking, set them on the counter to cool for a bit. Once they’ve reached room temperature, make the peanut butter frosting.

 

Again, using a KitchenAid stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer, mix together the peanut butter and softened butter. Then add vanilla and salt and mix again.

 

With the mixer turning at low speed, slowly add the powdered sugar, then slowly add the heavy cream until your frosting is light and smooth.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Frost your chocolate peanut butter cupcakes any way you’d like. I’m still working on my piping skills, so my peanut butter frosting got ev…er…y…where! Have fun and enjoy!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven. And cupcakes are happiness. These chocolate peanut butter cupcakes fulfill all of those flavors and memories!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 18 cupcakes

Ingredients
  

Cupcakes

  • 1-1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 oz milk chocolate bar, melted
  • 1/3 c canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c brewed coffee, at room temperature
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 2-1/2 c all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 c cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp peanut butter for each cupcake, to swirl into batter

Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 1 c smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 c powdered sugar
  • 3/4 c heavy cream

Instructions
 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Using a KitchenAid stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar. 
  • Add melted chocolate, oil, eggs, vanilla, coffee, and heavy cream and mix again just until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together all dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa, and salt). 
  • With the mixer turning at low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet.
  • In a greased or lined cupcake pan, spoon batter into each cup, filling only halfway.
  • Add 1 tsp of peanut butter to each cup and swirl into the batter, using a chopstick or butter knife.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.

Homemade Peanut Butter Frosting

  • Again, using a KitchenAid stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer, mix together the peanut butter and softened butter. 
  • Then add vanilla and salt and mix again.
  • With the mixer turning at low speed, slowly add the powdered sugar.
  • Then slowly add the heavy cream until your frosting is light and smooth.
  • Once the cupcakes have cooled to room temperature, frost them any way you’d like. Have fun and enjoy!

 

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6 Comments
  • Lisa
    January 4, 2021

    5 stars
    This looks amazing!!! I love chocolate and peanut butter separately, and also together! The pictures and step-by-step guide you provided in this post are wonderful. I’d love to try and make these with my daughter. 🙂

    • maplewoodroad
      January 5, 2021

      Thanks so much! Hope you and your daughter love them! 🙂

  • Kevin Foodie
    January 4, 2021

    5 stars
    The peanut butter frosting is what got me hooked to your post. Nice recipe. Simply Delicious 😋

  • Megan
    January 5, 2021

    Omgeeee! I have no will power when it comes to avoiding chocolate and peanut butter combos. These sound heavenly and so dangerously delicious!

    • maplewoodroad
      January 5, 2021

      Haha! They are pretty impossible to resist! Enjoy! 🙂