Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Last weekend my little sister graduated from college, and I could not be more proud of her. To celebrate, I knew cupcakes were in order, and I thought these would be perfect for a chocolate peanut butter lover like my sister. I actually made these cupcakes a few years ago way before I enter the blogging world, so I already knew they were good. The cupcake itself is a rich chocolate cake, with a peanut butter ball in the middle, and peanut butter cream cheese frosting on top. Let me tell you – the frosting is amazing!! I certainly licked that bowl clean. 🙂

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Yield: 24 cupcakes

For the filling:
2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

For the cupcakes:
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs

For the frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup whipped topping

Start by preparing the filling. In a medium bowl mix together the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, 2 tablespoons butter, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla until well blended. Shape the peanut butter filling into 24 balls. (Balls will be sticky and don’t need to be perfectly shaped.) Place the peanut butter balls on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet; set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 standard muffin-pan cups with paper liners.

To prepare the cupcakes, mix together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside. In a 2-cup liquid measuring cup, mix together sour cream, milk, and 1 tsp vanilla, then set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the granulated sugar and butter on low speed and mix until just blended. Increase the speed to high and beat for 1 minute. Reduce speed to low; and add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue to beat for 1 to 2 more minutes until light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat just until ingredients are combined, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula.

Spoon 1 heaping measuring tablespoon batter into each muffin-pan cup. Drop 1 peanut butter ball in center of each cup and top with another heaping tablespoon batter. Bake cupcakes 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in cupcake comes out clean. Immediately remove cupcakes from pans and cool completely on wire rack.

While the cupcakes cool, prepare the frosting. In large bowl, with mixer on medium-low speed, beat butter, cream cheese, and peanut butter until smooth and blended. Add powdered sugar slowly, incorporating fully after each addition.  Add the whipped topping and beat until smooth and creamy.  Frost cupcakes as desired.

Source: Proceed with Caution

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17 Responses to Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

  1. lovely food styling. this recipe looks delish… especially with the peanut butter ball inside! thanks for sharing.

  2. Golda says:

    Oh my, this look so good! My husband would LOVE these!

  3. There is nothing better than chocolate and peanut butter together. Totally yum!!!

  4. katie says:

    Mmmmmmm….peanut butter and chocolate.

  5. I love the peanut butter in the middle! And the peanut butter cream cheese frosting sounds amazing!

  6. Love chocolate and love peanut butter and what gorgeous cupcakes these are. Congrats for making the Top 9 today!

  7. Yummy recipe! I first tried this combo at Starbucks, but your recipe is very tempting especially with the peanut butter ball centre! Looks good.

  8. alyce says:

    These look amazing. Bookmarking.

  9. Lin Ann says:

    Congrats to your sister and congrats on Top 9! Your cupcakes look wonderful and I love that little peanut butter ball inside!

  10. Liz says:

    Oh, boy, do these look scrumptious! Lucky sister 🙂

  11. Debbie says:

    These are beautifully executed! I bet they taste twice as good as the pics look too! Thanks for the recipe!

  12. We are huge peanut butter chocolate lovers! I need an occasion to have to excuse to bake these. They look so good!

  13. Patty H says:

    These look so sinful I can hardly stand it! Definitely going on my cupcake “to do” list! I love sharing my cupcakes at work, and some of my co-workers think I’m an awesome baker…I tell them it’s just the awesome recipes I’ve tried; this one I’m sure, will be no exception!

  14. Insurance says:

    They sound great and look even better than i can imagine. Any reason to celebrate with peanut butter cupcakes or cookies is fine by me. Your choice to add cream cheese to the frosting is what makes these stand out.

  15. Claudia says:

    Have made these a few times already – hubbie loves them. Thanks for the recipe!

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