Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

This post (“Chocolate PB Cupcakes with PB Frosting“) was originally published by me on my first blog, Six Times the Yum, on March 29, 2011. I reserve all rights.

Credit for all photos: Credit: © Lara Fromherz 2013. All Rights Reserved.

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I’m in love… with a cupcake!

Who needs men when I have chocolate and peanut butter, my two of my favorite things? As soon as I found this recipe on Sweet Tooth Sweet Life, I knew I had to make these cupcakes asap. Once you finish reading this (and drooling a lot), I know you will want to make them, too!

Chocolate PB Cupcake Close-Up

These are absolutely one of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had or made. Chocolate cupcake + hidden Reese’s surprise + PB frosting + more Reese’s = foodgasm x 100!

So, without further ado, the recipe…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes w/Peanut Butter Frosting

Adapted from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life (blog).

Makes 24 cupcakes


PB Cupcake Ingredients


  • 1 box Devil’s Food cake mix
  • 1-1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (or oil)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 small bag small Reese’s peanut butter cups, unwrapped


  • 1/3 cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk (plus more to achieve desired consistency)


  • If you are allergic to peanuts (or don’t like them), feel free to sub in another nut butter or sunflower seed butter.
  • If needed, you can sub in another candy, like Hersey’s Kisses or another candy cup, for the Reese’s.
  • Using apple sauce instead of the oil called for by the baking mix is a great way to cut extra fat. In this case, it worked super well and the cupcake was still moist. Score!
  • To “healthify” the cupcakes even more, smear on some pure (pea)nut butter instead of the frosting.


Mix the cake mix, water, apple sauce, and eggs. This should take about 2 minutes on medium speed with an electric mixer.

Peanut Butter Cupcake Dry Ingredients MixedChocolate PB Cupcake  Dry and Wet IngredientsChocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes Ingredients Mixed

Put liners into a muffin/cupcake pans and fill 2/3 the way full with batter.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes in Cupcake Mold

Bake according to directions on package. My box says 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. It took me about 16-18 minutes since I used apple sauce. Remember: if the baking time is for a full cake, the actual time for these cupcakes will be shorter since they are smaller, so keep an eye on them.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes Baked

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake Baked Close-Up

Let cupcakes cool for about 10 minutes. While you wait, take 24 of these lovely bits and unwrap them.

Reeses PB Cups

Gently press an upside down Reese’s cup (fattest part on top) into the center of the cupcakes. Make sure the cupcakes are still slightly warm, so this can be done easily, but not too warm, so the Reese’s cups don’t melt completely.

Baked Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Now comes the hard part, letting the cupcakes cool. I know it’s hard to resist a warm cupcake, but trust me, it’s worth the wait. Among other reasons, it’s easier to ice the cupcakes when the chocolate isn’t melty.

But I won’t blame you if you sneak a warm cupcake. ;)

Once the cupcakes have cooled, it’s time to make the peanut butter icing, aka icing of the PB gods.

Frosting: Blend the PB, powdered sugar, and vanilla (in the amounts from the frosting ingredient list). Add the milk and mix on medium speed until smooth and creamy. If needed, add a bit more milk at a time to reach the desired consistency.

This is a great frosting that can be used for all sorts of recipes!

Peanut Butter Frosting Mixed

If you like to keep things simple, use a knife to frost the cupcakes. If you like to be fancy, you can use a pastry bag. If you are somewhere in between and like easy clean up (like me), put all the frosting in a medium-sized plastic bag and cut a small piece off of one the bottom corners. Squeeze out the contents slowly as you make whatever frosting form or design you desire.

Peanut Butter Frosting in Bag to DecorateNow, frost to your heart’s content!! Be creative with it!

Peanut Butter Frosting on Chocolate Peanut Butter CupcakesLittle swirls of heaven!

If you so desire (and why wouldn’t you?), use remaining/extra Reese’s cups as extra toppings. Cut one in half, and top each cupcake with either one or two halves.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake  Close-Up 2That looks absolutely divine!

Since I made these cupcakes for a potluck I attended, I transferred the cupcakes to baking pans for easy transportation!

Lots of Finished Cupcakes

And there you have it: chocolate PB cup cupcakes with PB frosting!

You’re welcome. ;)

Now go out and make them. I demand you!

… And feel free to ship me some (since I’m back at school with no oven). ;)

Question: What is your favorite kind of cupcake or cake?

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With love,


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